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Should CPR and First Aid Classes be taught in schools?

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The idea of teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other basic lifesaving first aid skills (BLS) to children in grade school and high school is not a new concept. Many countries across the globe have been teaching CPR and first aid courses to this age range for many years and fully embraced its importance.


Why Teach First Aid?

There is no denying the fact that first aid saves lives. Therefore, it is important that a culture of first aid learning, particularly the administration of CPR, should be developed from an early age.  

Schools offer one of the best opportunities for larger-scale training for first aid because students come from all backgrounds and different demographics. Besides, there is research to back up why CPR and First Aid in an emergency must be taught at a very young age.


  • Over 20,000 people in Australia experience cardiac arrest every year
  • 90% of those heart-related emergencies are out-of-hospital attacks and mostly occur at home
  • Only 5% of Australian households have someone trained in first aid
  • First aid and CPR training increases people’s confidence in performing effective CPR and the use of a defibrillator (AED)
  • CPR alone can double or triple the likelihood of cardiac arrest survival.
  • 32% or the equivalent of 93,000 people can be saved with bystander CPR and EMS intervention

With that said, many people can benefit from First Aid and CPR training with a marked increase in successful resuscitation skills and survival rates.


First Aid and CPR learning are for all ages.

Individuals, families, and communities need to have basic knowledge of first aid. First Aid Pro believes that every individual has a role in providing care to a fellow citizen experiencing illness, injury, or distress. Learning first aid and CPR is a basic life skill and part of being a good fellow citizen.

Children can play a significant role in response to injury and illness in the Australian community. There are times where children are the first respondent in an emergency scene and are often required to act when no adult is available to assist.

According to research, children as young as 6-7 years old can learn all aspects of basic first aid. This includes performing first aid, learning CPR, using a defibrillator, and placing an emergency call. With that, it seems logical that all student populations in Australia must be trained in first aid.

Age Appropriate Training is the key.

The level of education and the level of difficulty must be based on the child’s age group. Students below 14 can attend non-credit first aid classes, while minors 14-18 years old can attend an accredited first aid training course, subject to parental consent. 

Children can and should play a role in saving lives. Moreover, the mindset inculcated early is the most valuable when it comes to first aid training. The technical part of the training can be supplemented later on.

“Start them young” also applies when learning first aid. Talk to us today about age-appropriate first aid training for your child and start saving lives.

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