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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 (19 October) . . Page.. 3397..


Education—student first aid training

(Question No 1307)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) Is basic first aid currently taught to students in ACT public schools; if so, is it compulsory or do only a percentage of students receive tutelage;

(2) If only a percentage of students receive tutelage, what is the percentage of students;

(3) What percentage of teachers in ACT schools are trained in first aid.

Mr Barr

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes, basic first aid is currently taught to students in ACT public schools. First aid training is not compulsory, however students receive training if they are taking part in an outdoor education course or in a health & physical education elective course. Schools provide training in basic first aid through St John's Ambulance Australia, Red Cross or The Royal Life Saving Society.

(2) The percentage of students would vary each year depending on the courses being offered in schools. Secondary schools would offer at least one basic first aid training course in a year to a group of approximately 30 students.

(3) Many teachers are trained in basic first aid. The Department of Education and Training requires a participating staff member accompanying students on an excursion to have a first aid certificate. Teachers are encouraged to gain certification by attending courses offered by St John's Ambulance Australia, Red Cross or The Royal Life Saving Society. Outdoor education teachers gain specialised first aid training through Red Cross remote first aid or advanced wilderness first aid. Approximately 30% of teachers in ACT schools are trained in basic first aid.

Education—indigenous student absentees

(Question No 1308)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) On how many days were indigenous students recorded as being absent from all ACT Government run schools during (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004, (e) 2005 and (f) 2006 to date;

(2) How many indigenous students were identified as being absent from school in the years listed in part (1);

(3) What was the average number of days for each indigenous student identified as being absent from school in the years listed in part (1).

Mr Barr

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:


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