What to do in the event of an injury

Kidsafe Victoria recommends all community members take part in a formal first aid course – while prevention is ideal, it’s also important to be equipped in case the worst does happen.

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First Aid

First aid can be used to treat simple injuries, or it may mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. It is a good idea for parents and carers of children to at least have basic knowledge of First Aid and CPR – this will equip you with the skills to respond just in case the unthinkable does happen.

The best way to ensure you have up to date and comprehensive knowledge is by taking part in a formal first aid course every three years and updating your CPR knowledge every 12 months.

Below is a link to some fact sheets from St John Ambulance Australia. These provide an overview of first aid procedures for different injury situations.

Please also watch the video where Dr Cathy McAdam (Chair Paediatric Resus Committee and Department Head – Paediatric General Medicine at Monash Children’s Hospital) shows you what to do if your child is choking.

Please note: These fact sheets should not be used as a substitute for first aid training. Kidsafe Victoria recommends all community members take part in a formal first aid course to ensure that they are equipped to provide assistance in an emergency

© St John Ambulance Australia Ltd. St John first aid protocols are for the Australian market only. All care has been taken in preparing the information but St John takes no responsibility for its use by other parties or individuals. St John encourages first aid training as this information is not a substitute for first aid training. This information is for use over a 12-month period only. For more information on St John first aid training and kits visit http://www.stjohn.org.au/ or call 1300 ST JOHN (785 646).

Calling emergency services – Triple Zero (000)

Knowing how to call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency can be the difference between life and death. The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance service and get help in life threatening or emergency situations.

Calls to Triple Zero (000) are free and can be made from mobile phones, home, work or pay phones.

It is a good idea to take the time to teach children how to make an emergency services call in case they ever need to.

Please click on the images below to access more information on when to call Triple Zero and the process of making a Triple Zero Call, including the interactive game for children ‘Triple Zero Kids Challenge’. The information, links and resources below are sourced from the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) and www.triplezero.gov.au.

Watch what do do if your child is choking

In this video Dr Cathy McAdam (Chair Paediatric Resus Committee and Department Head – Paediatric General Medicine at Monash Children’s Hospital) shows you what to do if your child is choking.