Why YOU should do a first aid course!

First aid TrainingWhy you should do a first aid course

Basic first aid is one of the most important things you’ll learn in your life. Although you’ll hopefully never have to use your new found skills, if someone near to you does have an accident or begins to feel unwell, the techniques you learn on your first aid course could make all the difference. From burns to breathing problems, and cuts to fractures; first aid training will help you to assess and treat a wide variety of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions.

What’s more, having up to date first aid training under your belt can make you more employable. Businesses are required by law to have a certain number of first aiders on site, therefore, if you can offer your skills and expertise in this area, your application is likely to go right to the top of the pile. If that’s not enough to get you learning first aid, here are a few more compelling reasons to book yourself a place on the next available first aid course.

First aid training saves lives

One of the most important reasons to attend a first aid course is that first aid training saves lives. According to abc.net, if someone near you has a cardiac arrest, quick treatment can increase their chances of survival. This means that, if you’re first aid trained, your skills could make the difference between a person living or dying.

First aid training can also save the lives of people who are choking, people who are experiencing breathing problems and those who are showing symptoms of a more serious illness or condition. The more comprehensive and in-depth your training is, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to help if someone near you is injured or becomes unwell.

Only 5% of Australians are first aid trained

Although most of us know that first aid training is important, the number of people undergoing first aid courses, and keeping their skills up to date, is falling fast. In fact, according to figures published on abc.net, just 5% of Australians are now first aid trained. As the number of people with these essential skills is so small, it’s even more important for the average Aussie to get certified first aid training.

If there’s no one around to provide first aid in an emergency, a casualty may suffer more than they need to. Fractures, asthma, anaphylaxis, seizures, bleeding, crush injuries burns, strokes, cardiac arrests and many other medical emergencies can all be exacerbated by late or incorrect treatment. This could make casualties even more uncomfortable and potentially putting lives at risk. The more people who get first aid trained, the more likely it is that help will be available in an emergency.

First aid courses are quick and informative

A good-quality first aid course should be interesting, informative and enjoyable. With My First Aid Course Brisbane, during your course, you’ll learn a wide range of skills and will have the chance to practice a variety of techniques on your fellow participants and our high quality manikins. In just 5.5 hours (our face to face training portion), you’ll become first aid and CPR trained and could learn vital skills that will help you to save someone’s life in an emergency. Keeping these skills up to date by attending regular refresher sessions will help to ensure that you’re ready to act if an emergency occurs.

Although the exact length of first aid courses in Brisbane can vary, many take place over the course of a day or two, giving you life-saving skills in the blink of an eye.

Whilst often people search primarily for cheap first aid courses, be aware that there is lots of variation in how such courses are run, presented and their reviews. Some for instance may say they have little or no pre-course online assessments, but in actual fact may have a much longer pre-course reading requirement (some up to 8 hours so allow an extra day to prepare).

Be sure to read the course selection/description and delivery details carefully as some cheap first aid training courses begin the day with an assessment exam to evaluate your completion of such pre course reading. Additionally, when comparing CPR and First Aid courses, always look carefully at reviews. Check Google or Facebook for past participants reviews before booking any training.


Although a lot of the stories you hear about first aid in the news revolve around first aiders saving lives, most of the time, first aid is used to treat relatively minor injuries and conditions. For example, on our first aid courses, we will teach you how to treat different types of burns. This is very important as prompt treatment can help to reduce the severity of a burn as well as minimise pain and scaring. In some cases, treating a burn quickly can make the difference between a person being left with a permanent scar and recovering from the accident completely.


While fractures are rarely life threatening, they are very painful. If fractures aren’t treated correctly when they first occur, it can increase the amount of pain experienced by the casualty and potentially cause more damage to the bone and the tissue surrounding the injury. When training with My First Aid Course, you’ll learn how to treat fractures in order to minimise pain and prevent further injury. If you, or one of your friends or family is involved in an accident and receives a fracture in the future, this knowledge could come in handy.

Choking/Blocked Airway

Choking is real hazard for people of all ages. According to LifeVac, around 80 people die in Australia every year due to a blocked airway, with young children and older adults most at risk.

Like cardiac arrests, blocked airways need to be dealt with quickly and efficiently if the casualty is going to have a greater survival rate. Various techniques are used to treat a person who is choking or experiencing breathing problems, asthma, anaphylaxis or obstructions in their airway. These techniques depend on the age of the person and the extent to which their airway is blocked.

Unfortunately, almost any type of food can be a potential choking hazard. Grapes, hot dogs, chunks of meat, cheese and even peanut butter can all be choking hazards – especially for young children. If you’re trained to deal with a blocked airway, you’ll be able to aid a friend, family member or stranger who finds themselves in trouble. Being able to free a blockage quickly will help to calm the situation and prevent any long-term damage being done.

First aid skills are some of the most important you’ll ever learn. Helping you to save lives and reassure the people around you, first aid can make a huge difference in an emergency.

My First Aid Course, located in Deagon, North Brisbane, is an Allens Training (RTO 90909) approved partner, so you can be confident that your training will be up to date and of the highest standard. Find out more about the importance of first aid training, or book yourself into a course, by exploring our site today.