VIDEO: St John Ambulance WA launches virtual reality first aid training

A screenshot from the St John Ambulance WA virtual reality training program called First Aid Skills.
A screenshot from the St John Ambulance WA virtual reality training program called First Aid Skills.

AUSTRALIA’S first virtual reality first aid training technology was unveiled in Yagan Square today.

St John Ambulance WA pioneered the ground-breaking technology, called First Aid Skills, which allows users to respond to a virtual emergency, helping hone lifesaving skills and making first aid a part of everyone’s life.

St John CEO Tony Ahern said the mobile and VR technology was a breakthrough in helping introduce more people to first aid.

“This is truly ground-breaking technology that will allow more West Australians to develop or practice the skills needed to save a life,” he said.

Using a mobile app or a virtual reality headset, First Aid Skills, guides users through three unique training simulations – CPR, defibrillation and the DRSABCD action plan.

Mr Ahern said St John’s commitment to innovation and technology will achieve better outcomes for patients.

“Our education pods are durable and mobile, meaning people can undertake training at their own pace, and at their workplace, school or public event,” he said.

“The technology itself is immersive, fun and equips users with the confidence to effectively respond in an emergency.”

St John has also developed a smartphone and tablet app that delivers the same quality training offered by the VR.

“In recent years we’ve introduced innovations like the St John WA First Responder App which continues to prove effective in enabling people to step up and help someone in need and ultimately save more lives,” he said.

The mobile app is available in stores now and the VR tech will be available to be used by anyone over 13 years of age and will be available from early 2019.

To herald the arrival of First Aid Skills St John is hosting a series of free events and activations at Yagan Square this week including first aid demonstrations, food trucks, live performances and children’s entertainment.