Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: 8th July 2020

Further to the recent government announcement, we confirm that first aid training courses for work reasons will be going ahead as scheduled throughout Victoria, regardless of residential postcode or local council zones.

Note that we have taken further additional measures as of 9th July for continued safety of staff and students:

  • Smaller class sizes capped at 8 students (down from 12 students)
  • PPE including masks and gloves are now available at our classes for students to wear if they choose
  • Temperature screening will take place for all people entering our training venues
  • No contact first aid training: this means students will not be required to practice first aid techniques on other students or staff, only on themselves or a manikin. For example bandaging, CPR, recovery position and use of EpiPens will not be conducted on others. Students will be directed not to breathe into a manikin at this time.
  • Increased cleaning of our equipment after every class
  • Alcohol based hand sanitiser is available throughout the venue for use upon arrival, during class and departure
  • We discard all bandages, dressings or other class consumables at the end of the class and they are not re-used

Importantly, those who meet the following criteria should not attend any St John Ambulance Training course:

  • Those who are unwell or experiencing any flu-like symptoms
  • Those who have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • People who have been overseas in the 14 days prior to their course date
  • Those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days

Those who are diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days after attending their St John training course must advise St John Ambulance Victoria immediately on 1300 360 455.


Update: 1st June 2020

UPDATE: BEST PRACTICES FOLLOWED DURING FIRST AID TRAINING TO CONTROL NOVEL CORONAVIRUS

We understand many in the community are concerned about the continuing threat of coronavirus (COVID-19). St John is here to serve those in sickness, distress, suffering and danger and your wellbeing remains our top priority. We continue to monitor the evolving situation and are acting in line with the advice of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. We will keep you updated with notifications as we receive them.

We have implemented various precautionary measures across our training classes in response to the current situation. Please see below for more information about training with us and the processes we have put in place.

 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

To limit the spread of the disease, St John Ambulance (Vic) advises the following:

  • People who have been overseas in the 14 days prior to their course date must not attend any St John Ambulance Training course.
  • Those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should also stay at home (self-isolate) and not attend a St John Ambulance Training course for 14 days after last contact with infected individuals.
  • Those who are diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days after attending their St John training course must advise St John Ambulance Victoria immediately on 1300 360 455.

Courses can be rescheduled at no cost if individuals are required to self-quarantine as a result of COVD-19 concerns. Please phone 1300 360 455 to reschedule your course.

 

NO CONTACT FIRST AID TRAINING

As of 1st June 2020 all face to face First Aid Training will be No Contact training in our public classes.

No Contact First Aid training means students undertaking face to face First Aid training in classrooms will practice and demonstrate their learning on themselves, or on a manikin. Students will no longer practice on other students or staff. Examples of practicals that will be affected by this training style include bandaging, CPR, recovery position and use of EpiPens.

 

TRAINING INFECTION CONTROL

Along with making face to face First Aid Training contact free, we have also implemented the following:

  • Promotion of infection control processes in venues
  • Reduced class sizes by 50% allowing for social distancing (maximum 12 students per public class)
  • Temperature screening of all visitors to our venue upon arrival
  • Increased cleaning of our equipment after every class
  • Alcohol based hand sanitiser available throughout the venue, for use upon arrival, during class and departure
  • Appropriate PPE to be worn by staff where appropriate

These extra safety measures, are on top of the existing infection control practices already in place since March:

  • Observe all federal requirements in relation to indoor gatherings
  • Provide hand sanitizer and encourage students and staff to use it frequently
  • Encourage students and staff to wash their hands frequently with soap and water
  • Encourage students and staff to cough or sneeze into the bend of their arm and avoid touching their face
  • Clean all equipment after each class
  • Discard any bandages, dressings or other class consumables at the end of the class

 

Our manikin management:

  • Students will not perform rescue breaths into manikins
  • Where possible, we allow students to use the same manikin throughout the course and we clean surfaces at the changeover where students are required to share equipment
  • We thoroughly clean manikins and other equipment in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions after every class