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St John community education supervisor Kym Schmid teaches resuscitation techniques to Elizabeth McMahon.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Time to refresh vital first aid skills
St John ACT is calling on retirees and
active seniors in the community to
brush up on their first aid knowledge.
As part of Project Resilience,
St John volunteers will host 10 free
monthly sessions covering topics
including CPR, defibrillation,
choking, heart attack, stroke, burns
Community education supervisor
Kym Schmid said the project aimed to
bridge the information gap through
relaxed 90-minute sessions.
"We believe first aid skills are life
skills and everyone should know
them," she said. "There seems to be a
gap in their knowledge because it may
be several years since they have done
first aid at work or through hobbies."
As some first aid practices were
updated due to advances in research,
Dr Schmid said it was vital people
were confident about the best ways to
help themselves and others.
"One example is, in the past, there
were different recommendations for
treating burns," she said.
"We no longer use butter or ice.
Now it s recommended to use water so
it s important people know that gives
the better outcome." Carol Vincent
said before taking part in the classes
she wouldn t go near a defibrillator but
now she felt confident about what to
do in a medical emergency.
The retired public servant from
Bonython said the new information
had already come to good use after her
granddaughter burnt herself during the
recent school holidays.
"I reacted straight away and applied
the information from the course. It was
only minor but I just felt much more
confident," she said. The project s
biggest hurdle so far had been the
upstairs training location at St John s
Dr Schmid applied for a grant in the
hope practical training sessions could
be delivered in community centres or
"It s all about building confidence
to act," she said.
"Along with learning what first aid
to do for someone else, the sessions
enable people to recognise when they
need help and should call 000."
To register for a free session, call
Lack of action, consultation on Charnwood shops frustrates
Resident Larry O'Kane is angry the
ACT government has not fixed the
current problems at Charnwood
Photo: Mark Sawa
Broken lamp posts, degraded artwork
and dangerously uneven pavements
were some of the issues Charnwood
residents and shopowners hoped
would be fixed after shop upgrades
were announced in their area.
"Work has started on a $950,000
series of upgrades to shopping centres
in Charnwood, Griffith and Theodore,"
Territory and Municipal Services
Minister Shane Rattenbury said in
The announcement led many
residents and shopowners to believe
work was imminent but residents later
realised the "shopping centre" in
Charnwood that was referred to was
the store on Tillyard Street, at what
residents call the "Tillyard shops". The
shops constitute a large liquor store
beside a small medical clinic and an
empty childcare centre
The small medical clinic already
upgraded its carpark before the
government began work to upgrade the
liquor store carpark and surrounds.
Larry O Kane, a Charnwood
resident of more than 40 years, said the
issue which really galled him was all
of the funding was being spent on one
shop at Tillyard Street. He said the
priority should have been the main
Charnwood shops, where scores of
Charnwood pharmacy owner
Samantha Kourtis said raised
pavements caused a lot of problems for
"Three times in the last two years I
have personally called an ambulance
and administered first aid to people
that have fallen on the pavers, she
"There are a lot of trip hazards
everywhere. It has happened many
more times than just the three."
Other Charnwood shopowners said
there hadn t been any consultation
from the government about where
upgrades were needed.
Mr Rattenbury said negotiations
were under way to reinstate the
"The program currently funding the
work at the local Charnwood shops is
for minor works to the public space,
"As the larger Charnwood shopping
centre is a group centre, it was not a
part of the local shops upgrade
life in orbit
NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus, who
flew in the final space shuttle flight in
2011 before the spacecraft was retired,
will speak at the Australian Defence
Force Academy next week.
The aerospace engineer will talk
about her experiences and what she
learned during almost two decades as
a NASA astronaut.
Dr Magnus was selected to the
NASA Astronaut Corps in 1996 and
flew missions in 2002, 08 and 11.
In November 2008 she flew to the
International Space Station where she
stayed for four and-a-half months.
Dr Magnus said one of the biggest
surprises about space travel was
returning to Earth and experiencing
gravity after weightlessness.
"You grow up in gravity so you
don t realise raising your hand
requires enormous amounts of effort,"
A student who loved mathematics
and science, she slowly became
attracted to the idea of becoming an
astronaut as a teenager.
Dr Magnus attended the Missouri
University of Science and Technology,
graduating in 1986 with a degree in
physics and in 1990 and a master s
degree in electrical engineering.
She holds a PhD from the School of
Materials Science and Engineering at
While there have been many
memorable moments, Dr Magnus said
the first time she saw the Earth from
space was striking.
The first view of the planet and the
instant impression of how fragile our
world is will always stay with me," she
"We have to take care of this place."
The free public event takes place at
ADFA s Adams auditorium on May
14.Doors will open to the free public
event at 6pm for a 6.30pm
start.Registration is essential; all are
You can secure your seat at
A big man named Mack and what may have been but for war
Member for Fraser
When World War I began, Malcolm
Southwell was planting pines on the
slopes of Mount Stromlo.
Nearly six feet, he was tall for the
era, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Everyone called him Mack .
He enlisted in 1915. After his
training, Mack was sent to London for
deployment. He wrote to his family
about seeing the Tower of London, St
Pauls, Westminster Abbey and
Buckingham Palace. It was, he wrote:
a very enjoyable holiday .
A month later, he was in the
trenches, near Flers in northern
France, when he left it to fill his water
bottle. At that moment, a shell burst
behind him; a piece of shrapnel struck
him in the head, killing him instantly.
Mack was 28-years-old. Had the
tragedy of World War I been averted,
Mack might have married.
There could have been a handful of
children, a brood of grandchildren.
Mack s great-grandchildren would
have been about my age and might
have attended his 90th birthday in
1978 but for the war.
I learned about Mack s story at an
exhibition, When Hall Answered the
Call, curated by Phil Robson and a
team of volunteers from the Hall
community. The exhibition told the
story of residents who enlisted, the
impact on their lives and the effect on
those left behind.
It contained everything from
soldiers letters to a display of the food
that would have been provided on their
return -- it was the first time I ve seen
a sponge cake made from real sponge.
Now those who served in World
War I are no longer with us, it falls to
our generations to retell the stories and
learn their lessons anew. We should
recognise the horror of a conflict that
killed nearly one in every 40
Australian men and the valour that saw
64 Victoria Crosses awarded. There
are lessons, too, in the mistakes that
led to the outbreak of World War I.
Around Australia, towns like Hall
bear memorials to those who served in
the Great War. Consistent with our
egalitarian traditions, most memorials
don t mention rank.
Service gave them all the right to the
same great title, Digger, and all have
earned our everlasting respect.
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