The Governor of South Australia gets hands on with first aid training

12 August 2011

Less than one in ten Australians feel confident that they can administer even basic first aid if faced with an emergency.

As a representative of the South Australian community the Governor, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, was keen take action to redress this balance.

Leading by example the Governor joined Government House colleagues taking part in a St John Apply First Aid Training Course learning skills in CPR, wound and bleeding control, choking management, bites and stings, and how to cope with a range of other complaints commonly experienced in South Australian households.

A fierce advocator of first aid education, His Excellency recognises the importance of learning first aid and keeping those skills up to date - every South Australian learning first aid skills will be another pair of hands able to save a life.

St John has put out the call for more South Australians to “Spend A Day and Save A Life” as part of a new initiative to promote basic first aid training across the State.

St John SA CEO, Sharyn Mitten commented “Accidents and emergencies happen when we least expect them. Imagine if it was your child, mother, father, colleague or even a stranger who desperately needed first aid, and all that stood between them and their survival was whether or not you knew the basics”.

A certified first aid course can be completed in a single day - a small investment that really could save a life.

To “Spend A Day and Save a Life” call 1300 360 455 for your nearest course, or visit