First Aid

Head Injury

After a minor head injury: the rest and recovery period

At the start of the footy season I wrote a blog about head injuries and concussion.  At that point I could already tell that head injuries were likely to feature in our season this year. The boys in my son’s U10 footy team were playing with a new intensity and full tackling had started…fast forward a couple of months and our team have had several minor head injuries. So, head injuries are quite topical with …

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Sports Head Injury

Sports and head injuries: what you need to know

Winter sport is well and truly under way. For many of you (myself included) that means contact sport time of the year. This year my son is playing U10 AFL and proper tackling is upon us (eek). With the increase in age and size I have really noticed a step up in the amount and force of the contact (those tackles are packing a punch) and I know this will continue for years to come. As First Aid …

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Food allergy. Allergic food on wooden background.

Allergies: your whirlwind tour

In Australia, over half a million people have a diagnosed food allergy. We have one of the highest rates of food allergies with an astounding 1 in 10 babies born developing food allergies. The medical research into this area is promising, but currently our best defence to help protect people with allergies is through raise community awareness and understanding.  As a Nurse, a First Aid Trainer and a Mother of a child with multiple food allergies …

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Kids doing resuscitation training on medical dummy during first aid course

First aid: when is the right time to teach children

Parents often ask me when they should start teaching their children first aid.  Everyone that knows me, knows that I believe that first aid is a fundamental life skill.  As I look at how my children (aged 7 and 9 years) remain calm and help when their friends are hurt, I realise that I subtly started “teaching” them from a very early age.  I want to share with you how this came about and how …

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burn prevention

The WHAT of burn first aid

I have recently had a little run of accidently burning myself…. Once on the grill and once on the iron.  I can hear you saying perhaps you shouldn’t cook, and definitely don’t iron!! “Prevention is the best first aid after all!”But in all seriousness, it made me think of the many patients that I have seen over the years that have not applied appropriate first aid to a burn and then ended up with painful …

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