Coalition supports water safety and first aid app

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Coalition supports water safety and first aid app

$257,000 to fund interactive water safety and emergency first aid app
4,000 high school students to trial new app at up to 20 Government schools
Napthine Coalition Government supporting a safer Victoria
The Napthine Coalition is providing $257,000 funding to Life Saving Victoria to develop an interactive app that will provide young people with water safety and emergency response skills including rescue, CPR and first aid.
Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips said approximately 4,000 years seven and eight students will trial the innovative app at up to 20 Government schools across regional and metropolitan Victoria.
“The program will use innovative digital gaming technology to provide them with the knowledge and practical skills to better deal with emergency situations,” said Mr Rich-Phillips.
“The app will involve students interacting in relevant real-life scenarios, such as being at school, at a beach or river, in a shopping centre, at the cinema or in a casual job.”
“The app may require them to select where to place their hands if carrying out CPR compressions, or swiping the screen to learn how to tilt a patient’s head.
“This is a fun and effective way forward for young people to learn and will hopefully reduce accidents and save lives,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Liberal Candidate for Albert Park Shannon Eeles said that young people stand to benefit from the lessons learned from the new app.
“The app will help young people to increase their water safety knowledge and take greater responsibility for keeping themselves and their friends safe,” said Ms Eeles.
Between 2000 and 2013, there were 205 reported drowning incidents involving  Victorian children between the ages of five and 14 years, of which 31 were fatalities.
In regional Victoria, most incidents were around inland waterways, rivers, lakes and dams. Of the total fatalities, some 62 per cent occurred in major cities.
The funding has been provided under the Victorian Government Technology Innovation Fund (VGTIF).
Media contact: Andrew Drever  0409 580 996
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