First Aid Myths: CPR

Defibrillator CPR

CPR (or cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is the proven technique of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breaths that has saved hundreds of thousands of lives over the last half-century. But there are many myths and misunderstandings that people hold about CPR (and other methods of resuscitation, such as a Defibrillator), which can make people wary of using CPR […]

First Aid Myths – Blood Loss

Blood loss

When a medical emergency comes up, and someone is losing blood, sometimes you need to think and act fast – you don’t always have a lot of time to jump on google and search for first aid advice. So often, we can find ourselves falling back to whatever little bits of first aid advice come […]

Heart Attacks: Facts, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Heart Attack

A Heart Attack can strike at any moment. So it is important to know when and how you can cope with one. Heart Attack is the leading cause of death in Australia. In 2019 there were 18,244 deaths per year from Ischaemic Heart Disease (which is the main cause of heart attacks). The average age […]

Mental Health: A Threat to Our Youth

Youth Mental Health

The mental health crisis is on the rise worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, there has been a 13% increase in mental health problems and substance use disorders in the last decade. Youth mental health is no exception. One out of every five adolescents and teenagers meets the criteria needed to diagnose a mental […]

All you need to know about Epipen and Epinephrine Injectors!

Epipen

Epinephrine pens are designed to provide quick access to Epinephrine, better known as adrenaline. These are medical devices that are used for emergency situations. Epinephrine is used in many medical emergencies to help reverse the effects of anaphylaxis or severe allergic reactions. They are often used for people with asthma, food allergies, or other conditions […]

Thunderstorm Asthma

Thunderstorm Asthma

On a warm spring evening in 2016, a thunderstorm struck Melbourne with unexpected consequences. Within hours, local emergency departments were overwhelmed by more than 14,000 people – not suffering from electrocution or damage from falling branches or wind-blown debris, but from chronic and often life-threatening asthma. And strangely enough, many sufferers were either mild asthmatics […]

Hypothermia- How to spot the symptoms

Hypothermia

Hypothermia can be a life-threatening condition if left untreated, so it’s essential to understand what hypothermia is, be familiar with the causes, recognise the symptoms and learn how to avoid obtaining it. What is Hypothermia? Hypothermia occurs when body temperature drops below 35° C (normal body temperature is 37° C); this happens when a person […]

Mental Health Care Plan

Mental Health Care Plan

What is a Mental Health Care Plan? A mental health care plan (also known as a mental health treatment plan) is a well-designed plan for people with a mental health condition. These plans are usually written with your GP. It identifies the type of support and health care you need and has the goals you […]

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid

Exploring the outback or one of Australia’s many wilderness areas can be a fantastic, rewarding experience. But it can come with dangers. When you’re off the beaten track and away from medical and other emergency services, the risks of accident and injury can be far more significant. A cut or broken bone that would be […]

First Aid for Epilepsy

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a condition that affects roughly 50 million people worldwide, making it one of the world’s most common neurological conditions. It is also widely misunderstood.  In some cultures, seizures caused by epilepsy were thought to be a curse from the Gods, or a sign of demon possession. In the United States it was legal […]