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How Video Enhanced Delivery of First Aid Training Can Save More Lives

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73% of Australians say that it’s as important to learn first aid as it is to swim.

Just like how you cannot predict rip currents in the ocean, accidents can happen at any time. But unlike rip currents, even basic first aid can save a life.

You’ve told us that the faster and more enjoyable the training is, the better. But you won’t take a short cut on time versus quality. At the end of the day, you want to get full confidence to be able to use your first aid skills if you ever need to, at work, at home or even in public.

This is why we’re leading the way with new and innovative training methods developed with the right technology to support the learning process. Training is traditionally taught in a classroom with a trainer, face-to-face learning, PowerPoint presentation and a whiteboard. Today, St John first aid training is video enhanced, shifting what you have come to expect. We’re calling this new style of training SJx.

Why Does Video Better Support Learning?

Whether delivered via Virtual Reality goggles or through a 6-metre-wide screen at our training centre, video immerses the student in a real-life scenario such as a cardiac arrest, stroke or even a drowning. Being completely immersed in the action and having the visual and audio cues to draw from later will improve recall and response when you need to use your first aid skills.

The Research

  • Forrester Research found that employees are 75 percent more likely to watch a video than to read text.
  • Exner Education found there can be a gap in the practical experience gained in traditional learning methods and immersive experiences have been shown to boost engagement.
  • SAVO Group found that just 7 days after traditional training, the average employee will have forgotten 65 percent of the material covered which increases to 90 percent after six months. By using innovative technology, students are more engaged, and the retention of material is better.

It is easy to learn from experience but in the case of first aid, this is not possible for all scenarios – until now with the help of immersive video that can re-create realistic first aid scenarios. This video enhanced delivery will allow students to better apply their skills to save a life, improving cardiac arrest response times and therefore survival rates. Our goal is to improve survival from cardiac arrest by ensuring more people perform CPR and are willing to use a Defibrillator, ensuring 90% of sudden cardiac arrest receive CPR and 50% are defibrillated. More thorough and effective training will help reach these goals, and innovation in delivery via SJx will produce better-prepared students.

How Does Video Ensure Better First Aid Training?

Video enhanced training also drives consistency in delivery and student experience. For large organisations, in the past, they may have been trained at different venues or with different trainers who deliver the training in their own style resulting in a range of experiences. Incorporating video training solves this problem by providing a consistent experience for everyone regardless of the trainer.

In addition, video delivery via SJx has standardised the training course which allows for up to 50% faster delivery (previously 2-day course is 1 day, a previous 1-day course is now half-day). Students use their own devices to complete the integrated questionnaire throughout the course – eliminating the need for paper and speeding up the process of marking.

For organisations, we know time is money and less time spent in a training room will mean more productive time at work.


6 Key Benefits of SJx Video Enhanced Training:

  • Reduced training time – staff are able to return to work sooner
  • Superior learning techniques
  • Improved student outcomes and confidence
  • Improved ability to recall training in a real-life emergency situation
  • Time savings with no paper-based tests
  • Full accreditation to Nationally Recognised standards

Below is a table outlining three ways for you to complete a Provide first aid certificate, the main course required to become a workplace first aider. Our training is fully compliant with the Australian Skills Quality Authority and all options are delivered by industry-leading trainers for an experience that creates confidence in the student to perform first aid should they ever need to.

What People Are Saying About SJx:

I would highly recommend it. It really enhances the training.
You are able to put yourself into the situation right there and then.
Great new approach to training. Shorter, concise and accurate.

Those who have completed their Provide first aid course via SJx have given the course rave reviews. These reviews are important to us, but what is more important to us is that these students go on to be confident first aiders in the real world. This is what will make a difference. This is what will save lives.

SJx training is offered at St John Ambulance Victoria’s public training venues or delivered to groups by St John Ambulance Victoria trainers at workplaces around Victoria.

For more information on booking a SJx First Aid training course, click here.


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