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Importance of first aid training hits close to home

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

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After a close call for Professor Rowena Barrett, all ECU staff and students are encouraged to consider the importance of first aid training.

Last week Professor Barrett, who has type 1 diabetes, was found floating unconscious in the family pool by her 10 year old son Euan.

Euan, a Year 5 student, had recently completed a St John Ambulance first aid training course at school. He bravely dragged his mother to the shallow-end of the pool before starting first aid, and called out to neighbours for help. An ambulance later arrived at the scene.

Thankfully, Professor Barrett has now fully recovered from the ordeal. She encourages others to complete first-aid training like her son.

“A little knowledge can go a long way,” she said.

More information

For more information on first-aid courses in the area, visit St John Ambulance.

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