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Scouts NSW Division
Scouts' First Aid Team
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The Scouts NSW Division of St John Ambulance Australia (NSW), also known as the Scouts' First Aid Team, teaches a wide variety of the First Aid classes available from St John Ambulance. The Trainers, who are all Scout or Guide Leaders, have all undertaken training by St John Ambulance, and teach the classes as members of St John Ambulance Australia (NSW).
Our aim is to teach you the knowledge and skills of First Aid so that you can confidently fulfil the role of First Aider if the unfortunate does occur. Your confidence to do that could mean the difference between life and death at an accident scene which you are the first to encounter. That difference might be achieved simply by ensuring that the casualty's airway is open. Remember: Any resuscitation is better than no resuscitation. There are lots of considerations; some are touched on in the Frequently Asked Questions section in FAQs.
Our team is accredited to teach the following classes :
Provide First Aid * is our most popular. It is recommended basic first aid training for all Scout and Guide Leaders, particularly when their duty of care is considered, and is required to hold any of the adventurous activities qualifications. There is a wide range of topics covered now, so the accent in Provide First Aid is the management of illness or injury until medical help is available, with the supposition that medical help from the Ambulance Service is readily available, say in ten to twenty minutes. As many Scouting and Guiding activities take us beyond ready access to Ambulance, Leaders should consider the Remote Area First Aid class, which may be more appropriate to their circumstances.
Note: (*) 'Apply First Aid' replaced 'Senior First Aid'. The National competency gained is the same, 'HLTFA311A Apply First Aid'. More lately, 'Apply First Aid' has been superseded by 'Provide First Aid (HLTAID003 Provide First Aid)'.
Provide First Aid is a modular package, with the first half day devoted to Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and the first whole day covering the syllabus of Emergency Life Support. Those seeking these qualifications can enrol in any of our two-day Provide First Aid classes, marking their enrolment "CPR Only" or "ELS Only", and stay for just that component of the class. The appropriate class fees are displayed on our Fees page.
Emergency Life Support is an appropriate class for Scouts and Guides (generally 11 to 14 years of age) as it covers the material most relevant to them and leads to a National qualification with a currency of three years. Candidates under fourteen will need the written approval from a parent giving consent to the teaching of CPR to a person under fourteen. See the Emergency Life Support page for more information. Adults can also join our Emergency Life Support classes, and parents of Scouts and Guides can accompany their offspring to a class, and gain the skills and qualification for themselves.
Provide First Aid is the best choice for those fourteen or fifteen years of age. Candidates under fourteen can be accepted into the class if they have written approval from a parent giving consent to the teaching of CPR to a person under fourteen. Maturity and strength considerations arise also. See the Provide First Aid - Two Days page for more information.
There is a one-day Provide First Aid class called 'PR1', available both as a first class in First Aid or to those updating a previous qualification. This involves private study beforehand by completing a work book or e-learning sessions, followed by one full day of assessments without further training. Candidates undertaking this class will be provided with the work book or the details required for online access. See the Provide First Aid - One Day page.
Remote Area First Aid is the class we promote as being the most appropriate to Scouting and Guiding Leaders. It covers the sustained management of illness or injury while remote from further medical aid. It is now a three-day class, and candidates must be current in Provide First Aid, which is updated on the first day. Because it covers some sensitive issues like death in the field and management of incontinence, Remote Area First Aid is not the class one would recommend to Scouts or the younger Venturers. The better option for the older Scout or younger Venturer is the Provide First Aid class, and to return to us for the Remote Area First Aid class later when the Provide First Aid comes due for renewal, when the person is 16 – 18.
St John Ambulance only allows us to teach Remote Area First Aid to members and affiliates of Scouts Australia and Guides Australia. Others seeking a Remote Area First Aid class should approach St John Ambulance.
The Advanced Life Support class, previously comprising Analgesic Administration, Automated External Defibrillation and Advanced Resuscitation, is no longer available. Instead, the new Advanced Resuscitation class covers Advanced Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation, and the new separate Pain Management class offers a more comprehensive coverage than the previous Administration of Analgesic Gases (Nitrous Oxide and Methoxyfluorane) class. The Advanced Resuscitation and Pain Management qualifications are each valid for one year. We schedule these classes each year in early February, and most of our Trainers update their skills annually by attending. Others are welcome, and we generally have some members of our First Aid Support Team (FAST) adding to their skills. There may be other Advanced Resuscitation classes scheduled, particularly as components of Advanced First Aid classes.
Anaphylaxis Training is a class which we don't schedule as such, but can teach on demand. It covers the recognition and management of a severe allergic reaction. Any Leader with a child having a peanut allergy, for instance, should seek Anaphylaxis Training not only for himself or herself, but for fellow Leaders and for parents in the Group. Seeonees and Mindaris might seek Anaphylaxis Training for their group. Anaphylaxis Training takes two hours, and can take place on the group meeting night, if convenient. Please contact the Chairman of the First Aid Team. (The Chairman's contacts are displayed at the foot of the page.)
Advanced First Aid is a four-day class covering the scope of Provide First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation and Advanced First Aid. The Advanced First Aid component extends the Provide First Aid content with added depth, and covers triage, casualty monitoring, safe movement and handling.
Scouting members qualified in Emergency Life Support or higher (including Apply First Aid, Provide First Aid, Remote Area First Aid, and Advanced First Aid) are entitled to wear the Scout First Aid Badge (illustrated above; Snowgum product code 52443). In the list of the Competencies, Requirements and Content of our classes (below), a miniature image of the Scout First Aid Badge is shown alongside each of the classes that qualify for it.
This badge is worn 1cm up from the lower edge of the right sleeve of the uniform.
The Scout First Aid Badge is available:
Those with lesser First Aid qualifications (such as Preliminary First Aid) or expired qualifications are not eligible to wear the Scout First Aid Badge.
Assessments are completed within the class times.
In Anaphylaxis and Pain Management (PPM), the assessment is progressive: candidates are assessed on their performance of tasks as they occur through the class.
In Advanced Resuscitation (PAR), there is a CPR assessment, and a progressive assessment of other skills and knowledge.
In Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (PCP – full class, and PCR – recertification), there is a CPR assessment on adult and infant manikins.
In Provide First Aid (PR1 and PR2), Emergency Life Support (ELS), and Remote Area First Aid (PRS), there are several assessments, skills-based and knowledge-based: requiring the candidate to show competence in CPR on adult and child manikins, wound management, casualty management and in a multiple-choice theory paper.
Wound Management Assessment
Casualty Management Assessment
Knowledge Assessment: multiple choice theory examination of various number of questions according to class
We will show you the right answers before you leave, so that you leave confidently knowing the correct responses.
In each case, candidates must achieve competency in each of the assessments to gain the qualification. If you are unable to meet the physical requirements of the practical assessments, you may be eligible to receive a letter of attendance.
After the class, the Trainer sends the class papers with results and the administration papers to St John Ambulance by post. Processing by St John generally takes about a week, but can take more when their work load is heavy. So expect your certificates about three weeks after the class.
Candidates may appeal the assessment decision as outlined in the St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) Code of Practice. In the first instance, contact the Bookings Secretary.
The remaining classes the Scouts' First Aid Team does not teach as a Team (though some of our Trainers do) are Caring For Kids, Family First Aid, Industrial First Aid, Introduction to Sports First Aid, Motorcycle First Aid, and Occupational First Aid.
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This file, an HTML file which can be viewed in the browser, lists all of the Scouts' First Aid Team's scheduled classes in 2017 at Barra Brui and Kingsgrove.
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Version: 4 December 2017 17:30
This file, an HTML file which can be viewed in the browser, lists all of the Scouts' First Aid Team's scheduled classes in 2018 at Barra Brui and Kingsgrove.
It is set out in the form of the Exact database used by St John Customer Service.
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