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St John Ambulance Australia (NSW)

Scouts NSW Division


Scouts' First Aid Team

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Welcome to the St John Scouts NSW Division web site.

We hope your visit to our site will be rewarded by gaining the information you want.

The News section (opposite) displays new developments, such as a new course becoming available, or an addition to our schedule of first aid classes. As well, there are announcements about the status of our scheduled courses.

We therefore hope you will bookmark this site, and visit often to keep abreast of these developments.

We are adding to our schedule of classes progressively. We hope that this will help you in your planning, both in your personal development goals and for your section.

If you wish to make any suggestions for the improvement of this site, please contact the Web Site Administrator (whose contacts are shown at the foot of each page).


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The Scouts NSW Division of St John Ambulance Australia (NSW), also known as the Scouts' First Aid Team, teaches first aid principally to the members of Scouts Australia and Guides Australia, and provides first aid support to the activities of these organisations.

The Team also receives requests for first aid training from other like-minded volunteer groups, and is happy to welcome such candidates into its first aid classes once the needs of the Scouts and Guides have been achieved.

The members of the Scouts' First Aid Team, as well as being members of St John Ambulance Australia (NSW), are Scout Leaders or Guide Leaders. Further details of the Team's credentials and identity are shown as answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the FAQs page.

The Scouts' First Aid Team has representatives from Scouting's Sydney North Region, South Metropolitan Region and Greater Western Sydney Region, and conducts classes in each of those Scouting Regions and elsewhere on request. This site covers the first aid activities the Team conducts in all three Regions.

The First Aid Team members also act as first aiders providing valuable support at many Scouting Region and Branch events and at Guiding activities.

New team members are always welcome to join the Scouts' First Aid Team, whether to become Trainers or to assist as first aiders at events.

First Aid Trainer
If you are interested in training to be a first aid trainer, contact the Chairman. (The Chairman's contacts are displayed at the foot of the page.)

Training and requalifying at all the courses we offer is free of charge to First Aid Trainers.

First Aid Support Team (FAST)
The Team has created a First Aid Support Team (FAST) of members who have been willing to volunteer their time and effort in first aid support of Scouting and Guiding activities. Training is provided.

Some Venturers and Rovers use this service towards their Queen's Scout Award, Baden Powell Award or Duke of Edinburgh Award aspirations. Those seeking these awards must first register with the award scheme and propose using First Aid Support Team service, as the service must be after it is proposed and agreed.

FAST volunteers seeking to use their First Aid service for awards should, as a minimum, attain a higher First Aid qualification than they already hold, such as Remote Area First Aid or Advanced First Aid, in order to comply with the award requirements of accepting challenges and extending themselves.

If you are interested in joining, contact the Chairman, John Crowley. (John's contacts are displayed at the foot of the page. It is best to contact him by his mobile telephone.)

Cub Scout badge work
We can come to your meeting if an instructor is available and cover the first aid requirements for the various boomerangs and both levels of the first aid achievement badge, or run an introduction to first aid over a Saturday or Sunday afternoon with appropriate activities to reinforce the message.

Scout Pioneer, Explorer and Adventurer First Aid
If convenient, we can come to your Troop meeting and run activities based on the various levels of the Scout Award Scheme. However, having the Scouts attend one of our Emergency Life Support classes can result in a more constructive coverage.

A poster for your Scout or Guide Hall
Please help us spread the word about the advantages of gaining First Aid knowledge and skills. We have an A4-size coloured poster (PDF, 231kB) which you can download to display in your Scout or Guide Hall or elsewhere to promote First Aid training.

First Aid Poster A4 (small)

Scouts NSW Division
First Aid


Friday 6 March 2018

Refresh your CPR skills!

It is a good idea to practise CPR techniques at least annually. If you would like to have some practice, contact us to arrange a time.
In Sydney North Region or The Greater Western Sydney Region, contact the Chairman (contacts: see the foot of the page).
In South Metropolitan Region, contact Michael Turner or David Shaw (contacts: see South Metropolitan Region (SMR) Classes).

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Unique Student Identifiers

Further to the advice given on Saturday 20 June 2015 (below) regarding Unique Student Identifiers (USI), the phase-in period is now complete, and no Registered Training Organisation such as St John Ambulance will be able to issue a certificate without a USI having been provided. So apply for a USI before you book into a course, and provide the USI code when you book.

Monday 4 December 2017

2018 First Aid Courses

Our full schedule of first aid courses for 2018 have been announced:
Advanced First Aid
Advanced Resuscitation
Pain Management
Emergency Life Support
Provide First Aid PR1
Provide First Aid PR2 and
Remote Area First Aid.

Saturday 27 May 2017

Suggested Personal First Aid Kit

Belinda has revised her suggested first aid kit for hikers.
You can download the new first aid kit list from our Downloads page.

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Advice on avoiding blisters

From the team's experience in managing blisters, and particularly from the high incidence of blisters at Dragon Skin 2017, John Crowley has written some advice for hikers generally, and especially Dragon Skin participants, on how to avoid blisters by good preparation beforehand and maintaining your feet, socks and shoes while out in the bush. We hope many will heed this advice and become happier hikers.
You can download John's advice here.

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Renewal Reminders

When Rob Murray was the Secretary of the Scouts' First Aid Team, the Bookings Secretary for Sydney North Region and Greater Western Sydney Region bookings and the Web Site Administrator together, he was able to coordinate bookings and success at our courses, and use these to generate reminders about renewing first aid qualifications. Unfortunately, with St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) now managing the team's bookings and results, this information to no longer available to Rob, who retains only Web Site Administrator of his earlier three "hats", and he regrets that he cannot provide reminders as previously.
St John may send out reminders, but the courses they mention as being available may be their own commercial courses, and involve greater expense than booking into the Scouts' First Aid Team's volunteer courses. So please check available courses in this web site before you book.

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Booking Difficulties

Booking into our courses is handled by St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) Customer Service. Our list of courses is separate from St John's, and it could be that when you call the person at St John Customer Service is not looking at our list. Then difficulties can arise because it is uncertain just what course you are booking into. This can readily be resolved if you specify the course number of the course. The course number is the long number just below the course date in the listings of courses on the other pages of this web site (like, for example, "117.4.PR1.MA26.SMOUN"); it is a St John code which exactly specifies where and when the course is. Specifying it should overcome any difficulties. If not, contact our Chairman for assistance. (Instructions like this are included in red print above each of the course lists.)

Tuesday 24 November 2015

First Aid Course Codes

The First Aid Course Codes on this web site – those three-letter combinations that you see on page names and links – have been changed to agree with current St John usage. This means that the page names for the Provide First Aid and Remote Area First Aid courses have changed. Though site redirection will guide you to the page you seek, it would be a good idea to update your bookmarks to suit the new names.

Saturday 21 November 2015

First Aid Courses in 2016

The First Aid courses at both the Barra Brui Scout Hall at St Ives and at the 4th Kingsgrove Scout Hall in Kingsgrove in 2016 are available now.

Remote Area First Aid courses at Kingsgrove will be added later if there is sufficient demand.

To express your interest, please contact Michael Turner or David Shaw (contacts here).

Please note that each student at a St John Ambulance First Aid course will require a Unique Student Identifier after 1 January 2016. Applying for a USI is free. For more information, see the USI entry on our Links page.

Saturday 1 August 2015


St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) at Burwood has now trained its bookings staff to take Scout First Aid course bookings. So you can call over a far wider range of times, even on Saturdays. See the telephone numbers and call times at the bottom left of each page on this web site.

Remember to ask for Scout courses.

Friday 17 July 2015

First Aid Poster A4 (very small)

New First Aid Poster

We have a new coloured poster for you to download and display in your Scout or Guide Hall. Check it out at the bottom left of this page.


Saturday 20 June 2015

Unique Student Identifiers

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training has set up a record-keeping system for nationally recognised training. Each student will require a Unique Student Identifier (USI) which gives access to a secure web site where training records can be checked at any time and from anywhere. Applying for a USI is free. For more information, see the USI entry on our Links page.

Each student undertaking St John training will require a USI.

Wednesday 23 July 2014

New Downloads and Site Map Pages

A new page labelled Downloads has been added. It contains files contributed by members of our First Aid Team that you may find useful. Also a Site Map page has been added to help you navigate the site, the Gallery page now has its own button among the buttons at the top of each page, and FAQs and Links have their own separate pages.

Where possible pages have had their widths reduced to make them more manageable when viewed on mobile devices.

Older 'News' items are shown on our Archive page.

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Enquiries about First Aid classes and bookings:
Contact St John Ambulance Australia (NSW)
by calling 02 9745 8888

(or 1300 360 455, if calling from outside
the Sydney Metropolitan Area)
and asking for Scout First Aid courses.

St John Customer Service personnel
will take bookings by telephone between
8:00am and 5:00pm on week days,
and between 8:30am and 1:00 pm on Saturdays.

To complete the emergency contact section of the E1 form,
enter the Chairman of our Team, John Crowley,
as the Emergency Contact.
His mobile telephone number is 0409 393 215.

Enquiries about First Aid support
or other First Aid related matters:

Please telephone The Chairman, John Crowley MStJ,
on 02 9874 4852 or 0409 393 215 (best contact)

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Written correspondence:
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Scouts NSW Division
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