Remote Community Students To Undergo First Aid Training

Remote Community Students To Undergo First Aid Training

Northern Territory Minister for Business Peter Styles

Northern Territory Minister for Education Peter Chandler

Remote Students To Receive Life-Saving First Aid Training

Victor P Taffa

Students in remote Northern Territory communities will have access to potentially life-saving first aid training thanks to the Northern Territory Government and St. John Ambulance.

Minister for Business Peter Styles today confirmed St. John Ambulance NT would receive a Major Community Benefit Fund (CBF) grant of $199,024 to purchase and equip two four-wheel drive vehicles to be deployed across the Territory as part of the First Aid in Schools program.

“The Country Liberals Government is extremely supportive of the work St. John Ambulance volunteers do to raise awareness and knowledge of first aid amongst young Territorians.” Minister Styles said.

“Knowing how to administer first aid is a life skill that every young person should possess.”

“A large percentage of injuries occur in the family home where children are often the first to assist and their ability to respond appropriately can mean the difference between life and death.”

“This is particularly the case in remote Territory communities, many of which do not have access to ambulance services.”

St. John NT has been delivering the First Aid in Schools program in the Darwin and Alice Springs regions since 2012 providing tailored, interactive and engaging training specifically developed to suit different age groups.

Last year it delivered training to 10,000 pre-school to Year 9 students, with an increase in demand prompting the appointment of three full-time Community Education Officers.

Director of Volunteer First Aid Services at St. John Ambulance NT Mark Ferguson said the latest grant is a step towards achieving the goal of making first aid a part of every Territorian’s life.

“We have received interest from many remote schools and it’s exciting that through this funding we will impart vital first aid knowledge to around 1,000 remote students.” Mr. Ferguson said.

“The vehicles can also be stationed at public events and will be fully operational for emergency and first aid response.”

NT Minister for Education Peter Chandler

NT Minister for Education Peter Chandler









Education Minister Peter Chandler said the First Aid in Schools program has shown excellent results in Darwin and Alice Springs and would be a fantastic addition to curriculum in remote school locations.

“When it comes to first aid, knowledge is the key and this program ensures children and young people have greater capacity to correctly and confidently deal with real emergency situations.” Mr. Chandler said.

“Research has also identified schools as an ideal setting for learning first aid skills as a means of injury prevention.”

“This funding will assist the First Aid in Schools program to provide training to approximately 12,000 Northern Territory School Students aged 5 – 13 years during 2015-2016.” Mr. Chandler said.

The latest CBF funding round saw 20 successful Major grants awarded totalling $1,337,750 as well as 82 Small grants amounting to $493,489.

Applications for CBF grants are open all-year-round.