First Aid In Schools

First Aid in Schools Pilot Program a huge success.

When a medical emergency strikes, minutes matter. Immediate intervention by those trained in First Aid has been proven to reduce disability and length of stay in hospital. Almost 90% of young people have had to deal with some kind of crisis while over 97% of young people believe First Aid education would improve their confidence, skills and willingness to act in a crisis according to a survey from St John and Red Cross in the UK.

The Sir Brian Bell Foundation supports Health and Education programs nationwide and jumped on the chance to support St John Ambulance in their efforts to better educate the young people of PNG in First Aid. St John Ambulance in partnership with the Sir Brian Bell Foundation First Aid in Schools life-education program teaches young people the benefits and applications for First Aid in the hope to save lives.

First Aid in Schools program ambassador Stargoth Amean is proud to be part of a program that is helping the next generation. Stargroth is now directly involved in this program and encourages the youth to be involved and spread the word on the importance of learning First Aid.

The experienced and highly trained St John Ambulance Paramedics have taught students to provide a better understanding of the human body, how it works and in incident or accident how students can potentially save a life. The program covers a range of topics developed by St John Ambulance which are relevant to PNG including general First Aid, consent, hygiene and handwashing, CPR, snake bites, bone breaks, choking, childbirth, burns and dangers to be aware of during an emergency. The knowledge gained from the program provides students to take their new learnings and workbooks back to their homes and communities, so others may learn from their experiences.

Students were also encouraged to download, learn to use and spread the message that the St John Ambulance Emergency APP is now available. The APP, when used in a medical emergency, shows GPS coordinates which can be provided to a St John Ambulance call taker, so paramedics can easily locate patients when in need.

This program is a first for Papua New Guinea and proudly backed and supported by the Department of Education and the Department of Health. It has seen students attend and complete First Aid Training in Port Moresby including Badihagwa Technical Secondary College, Marianville Secondary School, and Kila Kila Secondary School. The pilot phase is now complete, and it is our goal with growing interest to continue the program across Papua New Guinea in 2019.

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