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Batemans Bay locals encouraged to learn to save a life

St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) is urging Batemans Bay locals to learn first aid, with first aid courses now reopening in the local area.

St John Ambulance NSW CEO, Sarah Lance, says it's a timely reminder for people to learn first aid.

"Everyone in the community should know how to respond to a first aid emergency, but also be able recognise when you need to seek medical help — whether that's calling an ambulance or visiting a GP."

According to a study conducted in 2017, only 5% of Australians are first aid trained. This is one of the lowest rates in the world.

From April 22, St John Ambulance NSW will be running first aid training once a month out of the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club. These courses will run from 8.30am to 4.30pm and will be available for members of the public, focusing on encouraging people to learn first aid including life-saving techniques such as CPR, and how to use equipment like a defibrillator.

"Knowing first aid saves lives, and you just never know when you're going to need it. Being prepared can make a difference to your safety, and that of your family, work colleagues, or the wider community."

St John Ambulance NSW offer basic, advanced and online first aid training suitable for at home or the workplace.

Courses will run from April 22 on a monthly basis. To book into a course or to find out more, please visit www.stjohnnsw.com.au or call 1300 785 646.