St John Ambulance First Aid Trainer Bettina Philp and The Hub of the Hills Customer Service Officer Rachael Bacon with local seniors. *Please note: Defibrillator is placed on a table for visibility purposes only. In practise a defibrillator should be used on the ground or stable, flat surface.
MORE than 50 seniors attended a Defibrillator Demonstration run by St John Ambulance at The Hub of the Hills on Tuesday 26 February.
The free event was facilitated by Bettina Philp, who has been a First Aid Trainer with St John Ambulance for eight years.
Ms Philp began by explaining the steps involved in safely assessing and responding to an emergency situation before demonstrating how to perform CPR and operate a defibrilator.
The interactive workshop allowed the audience to ask questions and practise using the defibrillator at the end of the demonstration.
Ms Philp said she hoped the workshop gave people the confidence to recognise an emergency situation and know how to respond.
"To recognise the signs earlier on is really important," Ms Philp said.
"To pick up those signs…knowing what to do and follow that St John's Action Plan," she added.
"The other thing that we always say is to do something…as long as you've tried and you've done something, that's what's probably most important.
"Sometimes people just sort of freeze and think 'I can't do it, I can't do it', but give it a go," she said.
The workshop coincides with The Hub's recent acquisition of a defibrillator.
Customer Service Officer at The Hub, Rachael Bacon, said "the aim was to have at least two seniors from each group that attends The Hub on a regular basis present at the workshop."
"It was also great to see a number of local seniors from our community participate and show interest in the demonstration," she said.
For more information about first aid training visit the St John Ambulance Australia website https://stjohn.org.au/ and download the app https://stjohn.org.au/apps/apps/Home.html
To find out what's on at The Hub of the Hills download the Activities Timetable from the Shire website here, or call 9290 6683, or email firstname.lastname@example.org