Education, Media Release

Surf Life Saving Queensland aids in educating future health care workers

Saturday, 12 February 2022

The Surf Life Saving Queensland Education team will be joining University of Queensland Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences students as hundreds become First Aid qualified.

The Education team are facilitating First Aid and CPR courses to ensure students are prepared for their practical placements.

All of SLSQ’s professional educators are surf lifesavers who are able to offer nationally recognised training, as well as insights into the first-hand experiences they’ve gained during their time volunteering.

With their purpose “to bring more than a century of lifesaving experience from the beach to the home, school or workplace,” the Education Team will be conducting nine sessions this week.

It has been a great success to date, receiving over 370 enrolments from students looking to gain
their CPR and First Aid qualifications.

All profits from the courses will be filtered back into directly supporting SLSQ’s 57 surf lifesaving clubs, and will help educate future lifesavers.

Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Commercial Training Manager Anthony Cassone said it’s a testament to their quality training that they will be sharing their knowledge to train future healthcare workers and help prepare them to gain the necessary qualifications.

“Having the chance to help educate these students is a great opportunity for us and them.”

“The students will be able to walk away with both their First Aid certificate and CPR qualifications, ensuring they have those basic skills ready so they can take the next step in their training.”

“We hope the students will not only take this as an opportunity to gain the necessary qualifications, but also learn from our educators’ extensive experiences.”

Associate Dean (Academic) Professor Pauline Ford from The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences said the training was a great resource for students as they begin practical placements for the year.

“The collaboration with Surf Life Saving Queensland ensures students who are starting placements are prepared and qualified in first aid and CPR,” Professor Ford said.

“It’s fantastic to see so many students engage in the training and gain these important skills as they venture onto the next stage of their journey to becoming healthcare professionals.”

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