Lifesaving skills for Hedland mums

1 March 2021
Royal Life Saving WA’s Pilbara Development Officer, Lauren Thompson, recently trained a group of Port Hedland mothers and grandmothers in vital CPR and first aid skills pertaining to common childhood injuries.

The Heart Beat Club course was held at the Child and Parent Centre South Hedland, with seven local women – all mothers and grandmothers – attending with their little ones. The Heart Beat Club is a community education initiative of Royal Life Saving that aims to increase skills and confidence in CPR and First Aid for infants and children.

young woman practising CPR on an infant manikinThe training covers common childhood injuries such as burns and scalds, choking, drowning and how to perform infant and child CPR. Lauren said the group were all engaged in the presentation and demonstration of the relevant skills.

“Feedback was very positive,” said Lauren, “all parents thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were grateful for the opportunity to practise the skills that had been taught on the manikins. Due to the success of today’s Heart Beat Club, the Child and Parent Centre have scheduled in another date for the delivery of the course for those who weren’t able to attend today and for anyone who would like to refresh their knowledge.”

“The Child and Parent Centre is a member of the Early Learning Years collective,” says Lauren, “where the various childcare and early learning organisations work in collaboration to provide opportunities for parents to access everything and anything community and/or parent related.”

The course was funded by the Town of Port Hedland as part of their Community Collaboration Grant, which aims to support groups working together on community-focused projects. Special thanks to the Child and Parent Centre’s administrator Juanita Manukau-Smith and centre manager Lee Mead for helping to make the course possible.

Royal Life Saving WA provides Heart Beat Club grants to community organisations that support parents who may experience barriers to accessing first aid training. Learn more about these grants at the link below.
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