Thunderstorm asthma came into prominence last year as 9 people died and others developed signs and symptoms of moderate to severe asthma.  Asthma is a long-term inflammatory condition where the airways become irritated by a trigger leading to difficulty breathing, coughing, and other signs of discomfort including chest tightness. Not all storms in the ‘pollen season’ will cause the specific thunderstorm that occurred last year. Last year, several meteorological events occurred incl...
First aid is a useful skill to have, but when you’re around children it becomes far more important, as accidents tend to happen more to children than adults. Here are four of the most common emergency situations involving children that you may encounter. 1. Falls The effects of falling can range from bleeding and abrasions to sprains, fractures and head injuries. While injuries from falling can be treated with first aid, head injuries can be more serious. If a child experiences vomiting...
One in three Australians suffer from allergies – more than almost any other country in the world. Australia has seen an alarming increase in allergy sufferers over the past three decades, although doctors aren’t sure why.In severe cases allergic reactions can be fatal, so knowing how to recognise and treat them could save the life of someone you know.What Causes an Allergic Reaction?An allergic reaction happens when a foreign substance enters the body, and the body misidentifies the substance...
22282VIC Course in the Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies in the Workplace has been accredited from 1 January 2015.  As of 10 October 2014, there are no registered training organisations approved to deliver the course.  You can read more about the course on the training.gov.au.This course is equivalent to and will replace 22024VIC Course in the emergency management of asthma in the workplace.This does not mean that your qualification in 22024VIC will expire (technically, it will never...
A number of our clients work in the child in care industry and require VET accredited training in first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis.  One of the most common questions that we are asked is "what course should I do to work in childcare?"Our answer is to refer to the regulator of quality training for childcare workers in Australia - the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).  They have a page on their website that enables people to check which first aid, asthma and an...
We're coming into Spring in Sydney and everything is starting to grow.  People are spending more time outdoors, probably gardening, and going into the realm of insects and spiders.  Naturally, they will want to protect their patch.There's only one spider in Sydney that you really need to worry about - the Funnel Web.  Their bites are the only ones that have been known to cause a death.The symptoms of a bite from a Funnel Web are the following:Pain, but not much inflammation at the siteProfuse...
The first aid units HLTAID001 through to HLTAID007 have recently been reviewed by a First Aid Subject Matter Expert Group. The consultation period for industry and the public on the draft Units has just concluded.Pending feedback, the next release of these units will be a Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) upgrade, resulting in no change to code or title of the units as they will be deemed equivalent.The release of the revised versions of HLTAID001 through to HLTA...