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Kids need life-saving skills

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April 27, 2018

Adam Kennedy has saved his mother Therese Kennedy's life twice, highlighting the need for children and adults to be taught first-aid skills.

Teaching young children what to do in emergency situations will keep them in good stead for the rest of their lives.

Young Adam Kennedy, 12, was recognised for his courageous effort saving the life of his diabetic mother Therese.

Therese, who has been a type one diabetic for more than 30 years, has trained her two young sons well.

Obviously this training has been well worth it, with an ambulance needing to be called on at least two occasions in the past few years.

The basics of calling an ambulance is just the beginning.

First-aid skills and CPR are the next obvious steps in the progression of invaluable skills that can easily be taught and learned.

Do you know what to do if someone burns themselves with hot water? What about if your child drinks something poisonous or stops breathing?

Australia has the lowest rates of first-aid training in the world, according to the Australia Red Cross, with less than five per cent of people trained.

Almost half a million Australians are admitted to hospitals every year as a result of injury.

Most of these injuries occur in the home, followed by the workplace.

More than 33000 Australians suffer cardiac arrest each year, and only five to seven per cent survive.

We all know the longer you delay resuscitation, the less chance of survival — after 10 minutes, the survival rate drops significantly.

First-aid training ought to be compulsory in schools.

Parents and carers ought to learn the invaluable life-saving skills that a first-aid course instils, as well.

In 2013, St John Ambulance launched a campaign to make first aid training compulsory for new pool owners.

South Australia’s St John Ambulance chief executive Sharyn Mitten wrote to Premier Jay Weatherill and Opposition leader Steven Marshall seeking support.

Nothing happened.

The more people with first-aid knowledge and skills, the more lives saved.

Your move, Greg Hunt.

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