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Why Everyone Needs to Know First Aid

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This Saturday, September 9, is World First Aid Day – and ahead of it the Red Cross is highlighting that it’s not just the workplace where accidents happen.

Home is also somewhere accidents can happen. In fact, the statistics show that more accidents that require some form of treatment take place there, where there’s no Toolbox Meeting or Safe Work Method Statement in sight.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, almost half a million Australians end up in hospital every year due to injury, and around 12,000 die from their injuries, primarily from falls.

Almost half a million Australians end up in hospital every year due to injury, and around 12,000 die from their injuries, primarily from falls. 

 “Australia is far behind other developed nations in our ability to respond effectively in an emergency situation, with less than 5 per cent of Australians trained in first aid,” Australian red Cross Ambassador, Dr Andrew Rochford, says.

“As part of World First Aid day on September 9, Australian Red Cross wants to change that statistic and is urging Australians to learn first aid.”

“Every year in Australia, approximately 260 children die and 58,000 are hospitalised due to accidents. This means that more Australian children die of injury than cancer, asthma and infectious diseases combined.”

In the workplace, work-related injury and illness do not only have a financial cost, they also have a human cost.

Just like safety is everyone’s business, the Red Cross is calling on everyone to make first aid their business too by encouraging their school, workplace, family and friends to sign up for an Australian Red Cross First Aid Course.

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