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First aid training - How you can save lives

10 February, 2015
emergency, injury, illness

Doing a first aid course can have many benefits, both in everyday life and in the workplace. When a dangerous situation arises, being trained in first aid could mean the difference between life and death.

Benefits in everyday life

Here are some of the benefits that a first aid course can provide in your everyday life:

  • You’ll be able to cope with an emergency situation.
  • You can assist your family and protect your personal safety at home in the event of an accident or injury.
  • If a natural disaster occurs, you’ll know how to keep yourself and your family safe and survive.
  • If you have a baby or are taking care of one, infant first aid training will teach you what signs to look for and how to respond appropriately in the event of illness or an emergency.
  • You’ll learn how to reduce the risk of an infected wound when applying first aid on someone with an injury.
  • You’ll also learn how to use bandages and make an arm sling during first aid.
  • You’ll know that you should wear a resuscitation mask to reduce infection when performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
  • You’ll also know how to help someone who’s choking, and keep them breathing.
  • You can help reduce someone’s pain or the consequences of injury or illness.
  • You’ll be able to identify if someone you’ve found has taken a medication or drug overdose, and know what information to give emergency services (000).
You’ll learn DRSABCD, which means:
  • Danger – Checking for any danger to you, bystanders, and the person who’s injured or ill before offering assistance.
  • Response – Checking if the person is conscious by talking to them, touching their hand, or squeezing their shoulder.
  • Send for help – Calling triple zero (000) and answering the operator’s questions.
  • Airway – Checking if the person’s airway is clear by looking inside their mouth for any contents.
  • Breathing – Checking if the person is breathing by looking to see if their chest is moving.
  • CPR – Applying CPR if the person’s unconscious and not breathing.
  • Defibrillator – Applying an automated external defibrillator (AED) if the person (an adult) is unconscious and not breathing. Some AEDs aren’t suitable for children.


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Benefits in the workplace

A first aid course can also provide many benefits in the workplace, including the following:

  • Doing a first aid course, such as a managed onsite first aid training course, can take only a few hours to complete.
  • Onsite trainers can assess the skills required by the employee, which could lead to more job/site-specific training due to the increased risk of industrial accidents, for example.
  • Onsite trainers can also inspect first aid kits, ensuring that there are enough of them for the number of employees in the workplace, that they’re fully stocked and up to date, and that the contents are appropriate for the company.
  • The workplace will be set up to have clear and visible first aid signage and/or first aid rooms to ensure a quick response to first aid incidents and the safety of employees.
  • First aid training can not only help minimise the impact of injuries, but it can also reduce injuries as employees trained in first aid will warn others beforehand about potentially dangerous work practices.
  • The more employees there are who’ve been trained in first aid, the higher the chance of one of them being present when an accident occurs.
  • An employee who’s received first aid training can prevent further injury in the event of an accident.
  • Employees who’ve done a first aid course will be more knowledgeable and conscious of safe behaviour at work, which prevents injuries from happening in the first place.
  • Safety awareness can also reduce the number of accidents that occur in the workplace.
  • First aid can save lives, especially in cases where someone is gravely injured and immediate action is necessary.
  • Employees trained in first aid will know where to find a first aid kit/room and the difference between various types of first aid kits, as well as what’s inside a first aid kit and how to use the contents.
  • Employees will also know the different ways they should react in an emergency situation, who to contact in case of an emergency, and the identity and location of others trained in first aid.
  • Employees will learn CPR and injury prevention.
  • They’ll also learn other essential first aid procedures, like giving injections, using painkillers, bandaging injuries and controlling blood flow.
  • First aid training gives employees the confidence to manage an emergency well (i.e. knowing how to assess a situation and acting quickly in the best way for the person who’s injured) without being afraid or confused.
  • First aid training also creates a safe workplace, which in turn boosts employee morale, thus making a happy workplace.

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Where to apply for a first aid course

CBHS offers benefits for first aid courses from government-accredited Registered Training Organisations (RTO), such as St John Ambulance Australia, Australian Red Cross and Royal Life Saving. You can claim for a first aid course with CBHS, as long as you hold a level of extras cover or packaged cover provided that you submit a copy of a current First Aid Certificate (Statement of Attainment), as well as details of your chosen RTO, your name, the course date, and the cost. After you’ve completed the course, you’ll receive a benefit payment.


Whether it’s in the workplace or at home, having an understanding of basic first aid and how to apply it can mean the difference between saving someone’s life or not. So consider doing a first aid course, as it can help you recognise an emergency and give first aid to someone who’s injured or ill, until professional help arrives.

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