Archive for the ‘Children’s services’ category

Cheaper than St John’s, online course work, free manual, free CPR mask, free CPR chart

July 16th, 2018

Simple Instruction is based in Sydney’s Northern region (North Shore and Northern Beaches) but is willing to travel all over Sydney to complete nationally accredited training courses. We provide public training courses at The Dee Why RSL and are more than happy to come to your workplace, home, child care facility etc.

Provide First Aid HLTAID003 is a comprehensive course that will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to help an ill or injured person until emergency help arrives. You will learn the DRSABCD action plan as well as Provide Cardiopulmonary resuscitation HLTAID001 (Including defibrillation), asthma, anaphylaxis and the management of various injuries and illnesses. Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting HLTAID004 is required by ACECQA for anyone working with children including those completing their certificate 3 at TAFE in child services.

The First Aid training course has essential free online pre-work to be completed before you attend the course. Payment is easy and cheap. All course bookings receive a free manual, free CPR face shield, free CPR chart and a Dee Why RSL pen.

All courses are conducted under the auspices of Allen’s Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909 and are Nationally recognised and accredited.

BIG Freeze – Northern Beaches Ticks

November 21st, 2017

Simple Instruction loves promoting a great product and wants all Northern Beaches people to know about the recommended way to use First Aid and remove ticks. Please remember that child care workers HLTAID004 are not able to remove ticks or splinter in child care centres.

Scientist and gardener invents product to snap freeze ticks
Julie Cross, Manly Daily
November 19, 2017 12:30am
New research backs ‘freeze, don’t squeeze’
Mum almost dies after eating meat pie
A WOMAN who has suffered multiple tick bites while visiting the northern beaches believes she has invented a product which can freeze and kill them safely.

Peggy Douglass, 61, said her experience with ticks drove her to create a product to deal with the potentially life-threatening parasite.

Having trained in microbiology and chemistry, working for the Australian National University and then in food regulation bodies in the Commonwealth Government, she devised a pocket-sized solution, called Tick Tox.

It’s a simple aerosol can the size of a small deodorant tube. With one squirt it can snap freeze the tick.

Peggy Douglass has found herself covered in ticks after visits to family living on the northern beaches. Now she has produced a product called Tick Tox to kill them. Picture: Adam Yip
“In the old days I used to just pull them out,” Ms Douglass said.

“Sometimes I’d have 20 or more after working in my aunt’s garden in Palm Beach.

“Once I went home with 43.

“But having heard the advice that we should ‘freeze it, not squeeze it’, I looked around but found nothing that was specifically for ticks.”

At the moment tick experts advise people to use a freezing agent from the chemist.

The only ones available are for other conditions such as warts or tags.

Ms Douglass, who lives in Canberra, said hers is essentially the same product as those, but the applicator is smaller and more precise.

Dr Andy Ratchford, emergency director at Mona Vale Hospital, recently revealed results from a study looking at the best way to remove a tick.

He said results showed killing the tick by freezing it while it was still embedded in the skin was the best course of action and could potentially save a life.

Dr Andy Ratchford at Mona Vale Hospital Emergency department. Picture: Adam Yip
He said the research proves it was safer than using other methods such as pulling it out while still alive with tweezers or your fingertips.

“In general, we found that four out of five people who removed the ticks without killing them first suffered an allergic reaction, mostly it was a local reaction, but in some cases it was life threatening,” Dr Ratchford said.

He said in comparison, only one out of ten patients who killed ticks in place by freezing them first, suffered a reaction.

Allergy expert professor Sheryl van Nunen, who first linked ticks to meat allergies, estimates that more than 1000 people on the northern beaches have developed a meat allergy caused by a tick bite, while others have developed an allergy to ticks themselves.

Prof van Nunen said she could not comment on the product Tick Tox, but would be looking at it with other members of Tick Induced Allergies Research and Awareness, TIARA, at their next meeting.

Tick Tox is currently on sale online at ticktox.com.au or from chemists in Avalon and Mona Vale.

Peggy Douglass with her product Tick Tox. Picture: Adam Yip.
HOW TO REMOVE A TICK
1. For adult ticks, use a freezing agent, containing ether, such as WART-Off. Apply five presses of the treatment half a centimetre above the tick and wait for the tick to fall off.

If it doesn’t, reapply. Seek medical help if a tick, dead or alive, doesn’t drop off.

2. For tiny ticks, such as larvae and nymphs, use a permethrin-based cream such as Lyeclear. Leave on for one to three hours and they should fall off.

3. For more information on how to prevent and remove ticks go to tiara.org.au.

Book in for a Simple Instruction First Aid or CPR course for November, December, and January 2018. We have Provide First Aid HLTAID003, Provide CPR HLTAID001 at the Dee Why RSL. Book online

Accredited Childcare First Aid Training on the Northern Beaches, Sydney.

April 9th, 2017

CHILDCARE workers with fraudulent first aid certificates are risking kids’ lives, the childcare watchdog has warned the federal government.

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has blown the whistle on dodgy training colleges for handing out qualifications to incompetent students.

It says state childcare regulators have expressed fears that some childcare workers with first aid certificates have no idea of what to do in a medical emergency.

All staff in family daycare, and at least one carer in each long daycare centre, must be trained in first aid, anaphylaxis and asthma management.

“A situation where a student has completed one qualification and is incorrectly deemed competent, could present a serious and significant risk to children being educated and cared for,’’ ACECQA warns in a submission to the Department of Education and Training.

“A … failure of graduates to properly administer first aid to children in their care in times of emergency carries a high risk to children and could have life-threatening consequences.’’

ACECQA also criticises the poor English skills of some childcare workers and calls for mandatory literacy tests before students graduate.

It says childcare centres have complained about qualified staff who “do not possess the basic literacy skills expected of them’’.

The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) of private daycare centres also demanded the federal Education Department to take “bold action’’ against training colleges that fail to properly train staff.

“The very nature of the industry evolves around very young and, as such, vulnerable children who are reliant on the competency and skills of their educators,’’ it said.

NSW Early Childhood Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the state government would “use the full extent of the law’’ to deal with dodgy childcare qualifications.

“Services and individuals that have submitted fraudulent documentation will be investigated and can be prosecuted,’’ she said.

Simple Instruction offers HLTAID004 Childcare First Aid Training and our regular HLTAID003 Provide First Aid and HLTAID001 Provide CPR training courses. All courses are accredited and meet the ACECQA standards. Book a course on the Northern Beaches at the Dee Why RSL (DYRSL).

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/kids-lives-at-risk-in-childcare-first-aid-fail/news-story/6d82e16b2691e177db008e7de5b1a061

Dee Why CPR and First Aid courses – Vital Emergency skills

July 12th, 2016

Renewing first aid qualifications

Simple Instruction is the Northern Beaches, Sydney First Aid and CPR company. Based out of the Dee Why RSL (DYRSL) we have been conducting the HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting for Certificate III (3) in Early Childhood Education and Care and the recommended HLTAID001 Provide CPR course. We also come out to your center and are more than happy to quote you a fair price.

ACECQA has updated its advice about renewing first aid qualifications. The information states the relevant regulation and includes Safe Work Australia’s Code of Practice recommendations. The following information is available as an FAQ on ACECQA’s website.

The Safe Work Australia First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice recommends that first aiders should attend training on a regular basis to refresh their first aid knowledge and skills, and to confirm their competence to provide first aid. The Code of Practice also recommends that refresher training in CPR should be undertaken annually and first aid qualifications should be renewed every three years.

Your certificate should state the date on which you completed the course, as well as the expiry date, which is typically three years from the date of completion. Your certificate may include additional requirements, such as completing refresher training in CPR annually.

Please contact your training provider to check any information about your training and speak to your employer to confirm your workplace requirements.

– See more at: http://www.acecqa.gov.au/acecqa-newsletter-issue-3-2016#sthash.DbvFpnCG.dpuf

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

January 7th, 2016

The Northern Beaches and Sydney’s number one Child Care First Aid provider. We conduct all our HLTAID004 courses on the same day as our HLTAID003 Provide first aid courses and HLTAID001 Provide CPR courses. We conduct all our Northern Beaches courses out of the DYRSL (Dee Why RSL) or we can come to you. We have clients all over the Northern Beaches including Manly, Avalon, Narrabeen, Brookvale, Belrose, Frenchs Forest, Allambie, Manly Vale and many others. Please make a booking online or send Simple Instruction an email to book a private course.

Information about the course

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults.

The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. This unit of competency will contribute towards approved first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis training under the Education and Care Services National Law, and the Education and Care Services National Regulation (2011).

This unit of competency has been approved by ACECQA and meets the requirements of “First Aid, Asthma & Anaphylaxis”.

http://www.acecqa.gov.au/

Prerequisite:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Target audience:

Those employed in the child care and education industry.

Award issued:

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment:

  • HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

Initial Course duration:

  • Mixed Mode: Completion of pre-course study plus 7 hours practical training
  • Face to Face: 10 hours face to face training

Refresher Course duration:

  • 7 hours face to face training

Important information regarding course durations:

Course durations, as mentioned above, are reflective of group sizes of between 4 and 15 participants. If there are less students in a group, you may find course duration reduced by a maximum of 10%. If a class size exceeds 15 participants it may therefore also be necessary to increase course duration depending on the number of participants.

Pre Course study options

There are a few different options for completing your pre-course study.

We recommend our First Aid News Video as it is the most convenient option.

Other options include

  • Ebook
  • Online training
  • Hard copy coloured workbook

Click here to find out more information

The pre course study includes a question paper consisting of  65 multi choice questions. You must take the completed paper with you to the training course.

 

What is HLTAID004? Where in Sydney? Course HLTAID004 for schools and educational settings.

May 17th, 2015

Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting HLTAID004

Come to the Brookvale Hotel on Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches to get accredited.

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults.

The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. This unit of competency will contribute towards approved first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis training under the Education and Care Services National Law, and the Education and Care Services National Regulation (2011).

This unit of competency has been approved by ACECQA and meets the requirements of “First Aid, Asthma & Anaphylaxis”.

http://www.acecqa.gov.au/

Prerequisite:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Target audience:

Those employed in the child care and education industry.

Award issued:

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment:

  • HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

Initial Course duration:

  • Mixed Mode: Completion of pre-course study plus 7 hours practical training
  • Face to Face: 10 hours face to face training

Refresher Course duration:

  • Mixed Mode: Completion pre-course study plus 6.5 hours practical training
  • Face to Face: 10 hours face to face training

Important information regarding course durations:

Course durations, as mentioned above, are reflective of group sizes of between 4 and 15 participants. If there are less students in a group, you may find course duration reduced by a maximum of 10%. If a class size exceeds 15 participants it may therefore also be necessary to increase course duration depending on the number of participants.

Pre Course study options

There are a number of different options for completing the pre-course study;

  • Ebook
  • Online training
  • Hard copy coloured workbook

Click here to find out more information

The pre course study includes a question paper consisting of  65 multi choice questions. You must take the completed paper with you to the training course.

Asthma Council Australia – Blue Butterfly Program

July 10th, 2012

At the National Asthma Council Australia, we know that if you are one of the 7 million Australians with allergy or the 2 million with asthma, you want to know how you could improve the health and wellbeing of you and your family. That’s why we developed the Sensitive Choice® program.

Our Sensitive Choice® blue butterfly symbol is a way of recognising products and services from companies that support asthma and allergy care. Products that carry the blue butterfly may be better choices for people with asthma and allergies.

The Sensitive Choice® program has over 200 products and services carrying the blue butterfly. Through a partnership between the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand and the National Asthma Council Australia, New Zealanders are also able to benefit from this program.

The program is a type of sponsorship program, although approved products and services must satisfy our independent Product Advisory Panel they do no harm and may offer relative benefits to people with asthma or allergies.

If you see the blue butterfly when shopping, stop for a moment and think about your family’s asthma and allergy care.

  • Do you know your triggers?
  • Are you taking steps to reduce your exposure to your triggers?
  • Have you had an asthma and allergy review with your doctor recently?
  • Do you follow your asthma or allergy action plan?

To learn more about the National Asthma Council Australia, please visit our website: www.nationalasthma.org.au

To learn more about the program and to discuss whether your product may be suitable, please contact:

Adam Trumble Email: [email protected]

CPR and First Aid in Schools

January 30th, 2012

Brittney Kleyn

THE shores of Summer Bay are never far from a little beachside drama – but when
it comes to water safety, the stars of Home and Away aren’t taking any chances.

The cast of the popular Australian show have thrown their support behind The
Daily Telegraph’s campaign to bring compulsory certified CPR training into high
schools.

Sign
our petition for certified CPR training in NSW
schools

When Axle Whitehead, who plays Liam Murphy on the show, found himself having
to rescue a tourist at Bondi
Beach
, he was thankful for the basic training he had received as a kid.

“I’ve witnessed it first hand and learning the old CPR, I think it’s
absolutely imperative for that one time when you need it,” he said.

Recommended Coverage

 

CERTIFIED CPR training could be provided to school
students for less than $40m a year – and lifesaving groups said there were
options to cut the cost.
THE face of road trauma prevention – now Associate
Professor Brian Owler backs The Daily Telegraph’s push for CPR in the national
school curriculum.
FOOTY players put their bodies on the line week in,
week out, but their injuries on the paddock can rarely be described as
life-threatening.
NO one knows how important CPR is more than doctors
– even the juniors, and a new batch of them are learning it this week at St
George Hospital.
LIFESAVING CPR must be taught in the nation’s
schools. Join our campaign backed by Royal Life Saving Australia and St John
Ambulance.
THE Parents and Citizens Association has supported
The Daily Telegraph’s popular campaign for certified CPR training for all
students.
NATIONAL curriculum writers will consider including
mandatory CPR lessons in all schools in the wake of a campaign by The Daily
Telegraph.

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s like learning how to draw or spell and as Australians we spend so much
time in the water. It is so important.”

His on-screen girlfriend Bianca Scott, played by Lisa Gormley, emphasised the
necessity of knowing the basics before heading out into the water.

“I just think it’s vital. It’s a good confidence thing for yourself as well –
knowing if something happens you have some knowledge of how to deal with it,”
she said.

Home and Away’s Samara Weaving said it was important for CPR training to
start young.

“Even if kids are just aware and learning the basics, things happen and they
need to know these vital skills.” she said.

With lifeguards always on the set, Weaving said it put the cast at ease
knowing someone experienced had their back.

“CPR skills aren’t too hard to teach. Not when you compare it to how useful
they are should that situation ever come up,” she said.

Now in its 24th season, the stars of the Channel 7 series said there was lots
of drama in store for the residents of Summer Bay.

“We’ve pulled the trigger. It’s a really exciting first half of the year for
all our characters. A lot of juicy stuff to come,” Whitehead said.

“Our characters are in a good place, for now that is. I guess it’s a case of
stayed tuned.”

Gormley said it was a privilege to be part of such a successful, long-running
program.

“It’s absolutely amazing. They are such a well-oiled machine and they’ve been
going so well for so long,” she said.

Simple Instruction is supporting this iniative to get CPR and First Aid into schools. Simple Instruction has been conducting courses for schools on the Northern Beaches and around Sydney for the past 2 years. Schools such as Narrabeen Sports High School, Barrenjoey High School, Ryde Secondary College, Hunters Hill High School, Balgowlah Boys High School and Mascot High School have taken this opportunity to increase the safety in the school with training to over 300 students and teachers in First Aid and CPR.

Simple instruction also has public Apply First Aid and Perform CPR courses most Saturdays at The Brookvale Hotel for anyone who would like to come along in 2012.

Manly Daily – 09/08/11

August 10th, 2011

Why our children have ADHD, allergies and anxiety

8 Aug 11 @  06:00pm by Carleen Frost

PARENTS are being urged to get back to basics and lead a more “primitive” lifestyle to boost their child’s health and happiness.

Narrabeen Dr Robyn Cosford said returning to “real” food, avoiding artificial light and switching off wireless internet were the first steps she recommended to her patients, particularly those with behavioural problems.

Dr Cosford believes wireless internet and other household appliances could be changing the function of the brain.

“The first thing that we try to get our parents to do is getting their kids to eat all real foods – no more processed or packaged foods,” she said.

“We have this very strong tendency for the diet to be predominantly wheat and sugar-based, so it’s not uncommon that the children have an adverse reaction to those foods.

“A true food allergy is not that common. Food intolerance or food insensitivity is very common.”

Dr Cosford, the founder of the Northern Beaches Care Centre, will address the Mindd Foundation’s International Forum on Children in Randwick this weekend.

The forum will focus on the links between nutrition and lifestyle and conditions such as ADHD, allergies, anxiety and digestive problems.

She said her message would be about “restoring” lifestyles.

“The environment is increasingly toxic and more and more people are having a problem,” she said.

“We have to get back to going outside and connecting with the Earth and cutting out all this artificial light.

“If people could do these basics, straight away they will find a significant change in their child’s behaviours.”

DOCTOR’S TIPS FOR HEALTHY EATING
 Primitive: Eat “real’’ foods and avoid processed foods where possible.
 Preservatives: Always check the ingredients on the packet.
 Packaged: Even if it’s packaged, choose a healthy option.
 Pre-prepared: Always ask what’s in takeaway food.

Fresh is best for our kids

EATING fresh food and keeping active were among the main reasons Michael Harvey wanted to raise his daughter Chloe on the northern beaches.

The father-of-one said spending time outdoors, with plenty of exercise, was a way of life on the peninsula.

“We both lead pretty active lifestyles, her mum and myself,” he said.

“We try to eat reasonably well and play as much sport as we can.

“We have lived in a few places and we have relatives around Sydney and they talk about childhood obesity and we don’t really see that on the northern beaches because the lifestyle is so active.’’

Mr Harvey said he and his partner tried to avoid giving Chloe processed and prepackaged foods and encouraged her to play outside as often as possible.

The one-year-old has even been practising her surfing moves for when she’s old enough to paddle out.

“We don’t really give her too much of that sort of stuff,” he said of sugary, processed foods.

“If she has chocolate we notice the sugar rush pretty quickly. And she’s pretty active – we try to get her outside a couple of times a day because she sleeps better and she’s happier.”

To learn what to do if your child has an allergy come to Simple Instruction’s Apply First Aid or Perform CPR course on the 27th of August 2011 at the Brookvale Hotel.

Full article: http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/news/story/why-our-children-have-adhd-allergies-and-anxiety/

1 Day First Aid course – Febrile Convulsions

May 30th, 2011

Simple Instruction has found another great article from The Childrens Hospital at Westmead. At many of my First Aid courses many people have not heard of Febrile Convulsions, this has prompted me to put this article up.

If you would like to learn more about emergency First Aid. Enrol in one of Simple Instructions Apply First Aid or Perform CPR courses being held at the Brookvale Hotel on the 18th of June 2011.

Febrile convulsions

Disclaimer: This fact sheet is for education purposes only. Please consult with your doctor or other health professional to make sure this information is right for your child.

What is a febrile convulsion?

A febrile convulsion (also known as a febrile seizure) is a common medical condition. Approximately 3% of children aged 6 months to 6 years may have a convulsion when they have a fever or high temperature.

A convulsion is caused by a short burst of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This is when the nerve cells send “mixed-up” signals to each other. These mixed-up signals may lead to a change in the child’s awareness or body movement. Sometimes people use other names for convulsions such as fits or seizures.

What causes a febrile convulsion?

The febrile convulsion or seizure happens when the normal brain activity is disturbed by a fever. It usually occurs without warning. During the seizure your child may:

  • become stiff or floppy
  • become unconscious or unaware of their surroundings
  • display jerking or twitching movements
  • have difficulty breathing.

What should I do if my child has a convulsion?

Remember, most seizures will stop within seconds or a couple of minutes without any medical treatment.

  • Stay calm.
  • Note the time the seizure starts and ends if possible.
  • Stay with your child.
  • Roll your child onto their side, also known as the recovery position.
  • Move away from potentially harmful objects eg furniture with sharp corners.
  • Place something soft under your child’s head to stop their head hitting the floor.
  • Unless you are giving your child emergency medication (midazolam), never put anything in the mouth of your child – it is impossible for your child to swallow their tongue.

Should I call an ambulance?

Call 000 for an ambulance if:

  • It is your child’s first seizure.
  • The seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes.
  • The seizure occurs in water and your child has trouble breathing.
  • Your child also has a head injury.
  • Your child’s breathing doesn’t return to normal shortly after the seizure or your child remains blue around the lips.
  • You are unsure that your child is safe and recovering normally after the seizure.

Why is my child sleepy after the seizure?

Your child will become tired after the seizure and your child will need time to rest and recover. If your child remains drowsy or difficult to wake after sleep, you should seek medical attention.

What can the doctors do for my child?

Even though the high temperature is usually related to a viral infection, your doctor will need to examine your child to try and determine the cause of the high temperature. Further investigations or blood tests may need to be done to rule out other causes for the fever and convulsion.

Can my child get another convulsion the next time they have a fever?

Yes. The chance of having another febrile convulsion in the following year is 30%, but this means that 70% (or 7 out of 10 children) will not have another seizure. The risk of a second seizure reduces every year and it becomes extremely rare after children turn 6 years old.

What does the future hold for my child?

The outlook for a child with simple febrile convulsions is excellent. There is no evidence of “brain damage” in these children. Your child is at only a very small risk of developing epilepsy in the future if they had a simple febrile convulsion.

What should I do when my child develops fever in the future?

To reduce the fever you can use medicines, such as paracetamol (Panadol, Dymadon or Tylenol) only as directed. Remember that these medications will make your child feel better from the fever but they do not treat the infection that caused the fever. These medicines do not prevent the seizure from occurring. You should take your child to see your local doctor if your child looks unwell, you are concerned about them or if the fever persists.

Is there any treatment available if my child has more frequent febrile convulsions at home?

There is a medication called Midazolam that is sometimes recommended for children who have frequent febrile convulsions or if your child has a history of febrile convulsions that last longer then 5 minutes. Most children do not require this medication. If you would like more information about this treatment you should talk with your doctor.

Are there any other medications available to prevent febrile convulsions?

Yes, however these medications have to be taken every day and they can have unwanted side effects. Because the outlook for children with febrile convulsions is so good, these regular medications are rarely necessary.

Remember

  • Regular Paracetamol will not prevent febrile convulsions.
  • If your child has a fit stay with them and lay them on their side.
  • Call an ambulance if the seizure last longer than 5 minutes.
  • You know your child best seek medical attention if you are concerned about your child.

 

Kids Health (CHW) Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick Kaleidoscope, Hunter Children's Health Network
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Tel: (02) 9845 0000
Fax: (02) 9845 3489
www.chw.edu.au
Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
Tel: (02) 9382 1688
Fax: (02) 9382 1451
www.sch.edu.au
Kaleidoscope, Hunter Children’s Health Network
Tel: (02) 4921 3670
Fax: (02) 4921 3599
www.kaleidoscope.org.au

 

© The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
& Kaleidoscope, Hunter Children’s Health Network – 2005-2011.

 

This document was reviewed on Thursday, 26 February 2009.

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