Queensland’s peak authority on aquatic safety is urging Brisbanites to learn vital CPR skills at a free clinic today in Post Office Square as part of Take Heart Australia Day.
Over 30,000 Australians suffer a sudden cardiac arrest each year and only 9-10% survive, making it responsible for almost 20% of deaths across the country.
Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) commercial first aid training arm, the Australian Lifesaving Academy Queensland (ALAQ), will be offering 15 minute CPR training sessions today, Monday 30 November, at Post Office Square from 11am-1:30pm – perfect to fit into lunch breaks, said ALAQ business development executive John Parr.
“It’s important to recognise that accidents can happen at any time and any place, often when it’s least expected, and having the skills and knowledge to respond quickly can literally mean the difference between life and death,” Mr Parr said.
“In emergency situations, time is of the essence, and knowing CPR ensures the patient can receive vital medical attention during those first crucial minutes.
Joining the ALAQ training team in a bid to re-start his heart will be Michael Turnbull from The Bachelorette Australia, as well as Brisbane Roar player Luke DeVere and the Nova 1069 street team.
Mr Parr encouraged all Brisbanites, regardless of age, to learn CPR and said fifteen minutes’ worth of training could well prove lifesaving.
“You never know when you’ll need to use first aid or CPR. It only takes a few seconds in the surf or backyard pool for someone to find themselves in trouble, but accidents do happen away from the water as well,” he said.
“It could be a heart attack at home, an accident at work, or maybe you’ll witness a car crash, but the chances are that eventually you’ll be in a situation where somebody really needs your help.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that knowing first aid and CPR can literally save lives in the right situation,” Mr Parr said.
Mr Parr said anyone who found themselves in an emergency situation should dial 000 immediately to call an ambulance before commencing CPR, if trained to do so.
As a registered training organisation SLSQ offers a range of public courses in emergency care management, first aid, CPR and advanced resuscitation, transferring more than a century of lifesaving experience from the beach to the home, school and workplace. All money raised through public training is invested straight back into beach safety and lifesaving services across the state.
For further information about learning CPR from qualified surf lifesavers, please call 1300 766 257 or visit alaq.com.au.