St John launch free First Aid in Schools program across South Australia

St John launch free First Aid in Schools program across South Australia

25 June 2013

St John Ambulance SA, the state’s leading provider of First Aid services, is launching a community program to equip thousands of school aged children across South Australia with vital First Aid skills that could help them save a life. 

In the first year St John will train at least 6,000 Reception to Year 8 students across the State with its First Aid in Schools program and is inviting schools to register. 

St John SA CEO, Sharyn Mitten believes teaching first aid from a young age will instill children with the skills and confidence to respond if called upon, either in the home or at play. “St John is committed to promoting the importance of First Aid in the community and believes there is no better place to start, than in our schools.  Our aim is to equip all children with the first aid skills they need, if faced with a medical emergency. This is part of a national mission to ensure at least one person is First Aid trained in every household.”

 St John officially launched the First Aid in Schools program at Mark Oliphant College today, with the support of His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, St John Deputy Prior and Governor of South Australia.

For information and booking the First Aid in Schools program visit the St John SA website http://www.stjohnsa.com.au/how-we-help/community-education/first-aid-in-schools or call Melissa Oudshoorn, Program Coordinator on 8306 6983.

Partnership opportunities
While the launch phase of the program is concentrated in metropolitan areas, St John is hoping to work with partner organisations to help extend the program to more classes and more regions across South Australia. Businesses or individuals wanting to help fund the program for their communities should contact St John CEO on (08) 8306 6990