The Year 6 students from St Joseph's Primary School have been learning life saving skills that may one day help save a life.
Students have completed their Resuscitation Certificate recently, giving them the knowledge to perform CPR as well as use a defibrillator in an emergency situation.
The students enjoyed learning these important life skills and will come away with a nationally recognised qualification.
Maddie Lipscombe from Year 6 really enjoyed the opportunity to learn a new skill.
"CPR is a life skill that everyone needs to know and I'm so very grateful for Miss Brienna Elford who taught me what I know now. It's a great idea to learn CPR at school because unlike adults children don't get the opportunity to learn and practice CPR," she said.
The St Joseph's P & F Association have also acknowledged the importance of early access to patients that require resuscitation and have donated an automated external defibrillator to the school.
"The P & F are pleased to support our school community in the purchase of such a vital piece of equipment. We give thanks to all who support our schools P F through fundraising to make this purchase possible," P & F president Amanda Lewthwaite said.
School Principal, Guy Campbell, acknowledged the importance of students gaining these life saving skills.
"It is great to see our young people gain skills which might one day save a member of our community," he said.
Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in Australians, accounting for over 13 per cent of all deaths. Through the administration of CPR from bystanders, patients have a sixty per cent higher survival rate.
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