Students rise to the challenge

Katy Beck (y6) & Jordan Sampson (y6) looking at python on dispaly.
Katy Beck (y6) & Jordan Sampson (y6) looking at python on dispaly.

 The Year 5 and 6/7 East Butler Primary School students joined a crowd of about 2400 schoolchildren at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 21.

St John chief executive Tony Ahern said the youth challenge aimed at inspiring young people to learn new skills and get them excited about first aid.

‘St John has the objective of making first aid a part of everyone’s life,’ he said.

‘If more people learn first aid, we build a more resilient community.

‘Those few minutes immediately after an incident are critical in a life and death scenario ” the better equipped people are to deal with these sorts of scenarios, the better the patient outcomes.’

Mr Ahern said the challenge required students to apply critical and creative thinking skills such as reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation to solve tasks.

Each student was given a ‘passport’ on entry, then participated in various first aid scenarios to get their passports stamped.

They learned life-saving skills including the recovery position and the DRSABCD (Danger, Response, Send, Airway, Breathing, CPR, Defibrillation) action plan, management of external bleeding, treating burns and scalds, and dealing with bites and stings

Students also met St John paramedics and got a closer look at ambulances.