“To be able to render First Aid and comfort to one who is sick or injured provides a wellness of being unlike any other pleasure” … St John First Aid Volunteer.
First Aid courses are generally pre-requisites for many vocations which have a higher than average risk associated with its, such as mine work, most trades, and all jobs in health. For those who are not required by their work to have a current First Aid Certificaate, they will still find the benefit of have knowledge about first aid when they or someone they love are injured or unwell.
First Aid Courses cover areas of First Aid on topics such as structured approaches to emergencies (DRABC), Basic Fracture and Soft Tissue Injuries, CPR, Burns, Stings and Bites, Eye Injuries, and many other aspects of First Aid.
In Australia, many organisations teach both Junior First Aid (for those children under 12 who want to learn to provide a basic level of First Aid ) – which is very useful for kids who live on a farm or may require the need for basic First Aid, and also, Senior First Aid (for those over 12 who wish to be capable of providing as much First Aid as possible if required).
If you are thinking about doing a First Aid course, as a paramedic, I highly recommend it. Just remember, the next life you save may just well be your own or a loved one. In Australia, statistically, the most likely person you will ever provide CPR to, will be an immediate family member!