Rockingham youth gain valuable first aid skills

27 April 2022

Royal Life Saving WA’s Talent Pool program recently worked in partnership with the Rockingham Youth Centre to deliver a First Aid course specifically tailored for youth aged 14-25 years.

Held at the Rockingham Youth Centre, 13 young people from the Rockingham area attended the training on 13th and 14th April to learn valuable first aid skills to assist them in seeking employment. The course was sponsored by Principal Community Partner BHP, providing an opportunity for participants to achieve a qualification for free. 

Rockingham youth participating in a first aid courseCourse participants completed training in providing CPR and the use of a defibrillator as well as basic first aid for a wide variety of scenarios, including bandaging for cuts and wounds, treating allergic reactions and anaphylaxis, choking, poisoning, debriefing after an incident and responding in an emergency situation.

Royal Life Saving WA Trainer Steve O’Meara delivered the course with the assistance of Talent Pool staff and Rockingham Youth Centre staff. It was the first course in First Aid that the students had participated in, and they all achieved their qualification. Grateful for the training opportunity, one of the participants, Ethan, said it was “the best course I’ve ever done!”

Talent Pool Program Coordinator Pidavara Bule-Turner attended the Rockingham training sessions with Trainer Steve. “The course equipped young people with qualifications necessary for employment and supported young people who have been financially impacted by COVID,” she said.

Talent Pool provides skills development and employment opportunities for young Aboriginal people across WA. Learn more about the work of our Talent Pool program and its successes at the link below.

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