No Bull, First Aid for All is Free
Inspiring a new generation of first aid hero's to make a difference
It's right there are no gimmicks, learning First Aid for All is free of charge. "Why, what's the catch?" I can hear you say.
Let me explain.
Actions for Survival firmly believe that first aid is a skill that everybody should know. Case in point, the guy on the ladder above. He may well be in need of some first aid skills very soon if he carries on as he is. How often do we see a potential candidate for first aid in our everyday lives?
If this was someone close to you,
have you been taught what to do?
A friend, your child, husband or wife,
your knowledge and skills may one day save their life.
Is it important for you to know, what is direct pressure,
or if their blood sugar is low?
Have I the training to keep someone alive,
to perform CPR and help them to survive?
A colleague is choking help is a must,
a few back blows, a quick chest thrust.
No time for an ambulance to come to their aid,
it was your quick thinking, that's why they were saved.
Actions speak louder than words, with this ethos firmly entrenched in our psyche we set about taking our classroom course and developing it to create an online version. As a result, the content is the same as we would deliver in a traditional classroom course. No shortcuts but considerable benefits to learners.
Firstly, the content is studied at a pace that's comfortable with someone's lifestyle commitments. The modules can be reviewed and verified as many times as a learner wishes. During our trials, learners for whom English is not their first language, reported benefits of being able to check and understand words and meanings, which in a traditional environment could often be misunderstood.
We have also found that the standards during practical assessments are significantly improved when compared to traditional courses. Without being able to provide a definitive explanation for this anomaly, we believe that it is due to a learner already arriving at the course with the knowledge. The knowledge is clarified, and the assessments are undertaken. In a traditional class, the first assessment is conducted after two and a half hours of teaching. The difference appears to be that learners have a better understanding of what is expected, and the order required to complete tasks following online study. They are not trying to process new found knowledge and apply it straight away. At present, there is not enough evidence available to reinforce this theory.
To get more people engaged, we have made our online learning free to all registered organisations. We want to provide these organisations with the opportunity to participate, everybody connected with them has the chance to learn first aid to a standard that would allow them if assessed to complete a fully recognised qualification.
However, it is their choice whether or not to follow that path. Our primary purpose for doing this is to raise awareness, knowledge and skills in the community. Then should the need arise the person has the confidence to know what to do in a life-threatening emergency.
There is more to our initiative than just learning about first aid techniques. At the end of the online modules, the learner gets to decide whether or not that is all they need and are now better equipped to manage a first aid situation. If that is the case, it's fantastic in our book they are already first aid hero's. We want to encourage as many people as possible to gain a first aid qualification, but more about that in the next section.
I want to talk about the incentives to go on and do this. We have decided that for each person that goes on to complete a first aid assessment through one of our assessment courses we will donate $10 per person to a community project which has been set up as part of the scheme.
Now by completing a first aid course, you will not only get qualified you will also be contributing to one of many worthwhile causes that have been established as part of the program.
Whether you need a full first aid course or just a revalidation course, First Aid for All provides a solution for you. We will always offer the option of a full classroom face to face course, after all, we recognise people are individuals and learn differently.
What First Aid for All does is offer alternatives. Learn online at your own pace with the confidence that you can revisit the learning as many times as you need too. Once you have completed the learning segment and decided you want that qualification, you click a button and sign up to one of the already established assessment courses. The only constraint is you must complete your learning and sign up 48 hours before the class starts.
The assessment day is four hours in the classroom. The first part is consolidating your knowledge, then it's onto the assessments. The assessments are no different to those conducted in a traditional course. The same applies, you get to practice and hone the skills, then demonstrate your competence at performing them against a set standard.
It should be easy stuff! You already know the content, you have practised the skills, you are now applying them to a scenario. The scenarios are similar to those experienced throughout the learning. No hooks, just a straightforward practical demonstration of the skills you have previously learnt.
Once done, the unit standards 6402, 6401 and 6400 are registered.
If it's a revalidation course then all you need to do is hold a current full first aid certificate, (that's within two years and three months of its issue date if you didn't already know) a copy of which will need to be sighted before you register to complete the online learning and attend a two-hour practical assessment, leading to your revalidation certificate.
Additional to the course, those who sign up for the assessment have access to downloadable full-colour posters, emergency call plans and a full-colour manual.
So what does the assessment cost? Well, our excellent facilitators have to eat so we need to charge for something I'm afraid. As we have already said we want to get as many people qualified as possible, so we have cut our prices dramatically. For the equivalent of just $60 per person plus GST plus NZQA reporting costs of $7.90, you get a full workplace first aid certificate. Compare that to the industry pricing which ranges between $180 and $230 per head it is undoubtedly cost-effective.
Revalidation courses come in at the same price without any NZQA charges. GST and NZQA costs are unfortunately costs beyond our control.
The final part of our initiative is to give back. Our courses are organised for groups of up to twenty people. The course cost is $1.200 plus GST plus NZQA reporting (where applicable) of $7.90 per head. From this amount, we will donate $200 towards a pre-agreed community-based project.
In an upcoming blog, I will discuss in more detail the projects we are contributing to.
The beneficiaries include schools, churches, early childhood education centres and sports associations. We agree on a project then try to contribute as much as possible as quickly as possible to fulfilling that endeavour.
One of our principal ambitions is to see accessible defibrillators in all of the organisations mentioned above (with the addition of all maraes) across the country. There are many schemes already in place. We want to use our project to assist in achieving that goal.
What we can guarantee is that neither Actions for Survival or First Aid for All will be making any profit or commision from the placement of these AED's. We are working hard to obtain defibrillators for the project at the lowest possible price.
Other projects are also encouraged, and we are open to innovative ideas where the project will benefit a community.
We are offering New Zealanders First Aid for All.
It's a place:
- Where learning is free.
- A qualification is achievable at an affordable price.
- In an environment where you study at your own pace.
- You get to contribute to some fantastic community projects.
By undertaking First Aid for All, you can achieve all of the above, but even more importantly by completing the course you have the skills and knowledge to maybe save a life.
That is priceless.
Please share this within your networks. Who knows one day it might be a friend who uses the skills to save your life.