The inaugural St John Youth Challenge was attended by more than 2,200 children at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 21, 2014.
St John Ambulance Western Australia invited metropolitan primary schools to attend this free event designed to give students from years four to seven a hands-on, fun and engaging experience while learning about first aid.
The St John Youth Challenge required students to apply critical and creative thinking skills such as reason, logic, resourcefulness, imagination and innovation to problem solve a variety of tasks. All students received a 'passport' on entry then participated in a variety of first aid scenarios in which stamps were given to receive a great give-away bag that included a first aid kit.
Students learned lifesaving skills through a variety of interactive learning zones including the DRSABCD (danger, response, airway, breathing, CPR, defibrillation) action plan, management of external bleeding, treating burns and scalds, dealing with bites and stings. They also met St John paramedics and got to explore inside an ambulance and listen to triple zero (000) calls.
The vision of St John is to "make first aid part of everyone’s life” as we believe there is nothing more important than equipping our youth with the necessary skills to assess and respond to first aid situations while developing strategies to seek help for themselves or others.
The St John Youth Challenge aimed to inspire young people to get excited about first aid and we feel this was achieved successfully, resulting in some extremely positive feedback from students and schools.