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First Aid with St John: Learn CPR!


Would you know how to carry out CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) if you found a person unconscious and suffering from a cardiac arrest?

CPR is easy to learn, simple to carry out and, most importantly, it can save lives.


Watch St John’s helpful CPR video to learn more about this essential form of resuscitation.

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Carer Story: Dealing with a Serious Burn Injury

It pays to be prepared for emergencies: most injuries happen at home in an instant, says Virginia Linton, who was ill prepared when her partner was seriously burned. 

It began as mornings do: pouring boiling water from the jug into the coffee plunger so we could enjoy that first cup of the morning feeling before going our separate ways for the day. But this day was different, because we hadn't noticed a long hairline crack in the glass plunger insert.

In an instant, the whole thing shattered in a tempest of coffee grounds, glass shards, and scalding liquid.

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Home Safety: First Aid Knowhow!

What would you do if you found someone lying unconscious, who was choking, or may have suffered from an overdose? You never know when you might need to give urgent first aid assistance, so knowledge is vital! If you support a friend or family member with extra health needs, or if you manage your own health conditions, it’s essential you know basic first aid skills.

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Disaster Planning


The Christchurch earthquake gave many Kiwi families a jolt: just how well prepared are the rest of us for a similar emergency?

The Canterbury earthquake reminded everyone to check their emergency supplies, restock batteries and water, and review their family or business emergency plans.

Being prepared for emergencies is especially important for older people and those with health and disability needs.

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Managing Medications At Home

Many New Zealanders who have health or disability needs or a chronic condition need to take a number of medications several times a day. Managing medications is a home health basic!

  • Complete a medications list and keep it updated. Ensure refill information is also current. 

  • Be sure you know what each medication is for. Know what each medication does (relieves pain, etc). Talk about what will happen if the medication is not taken (symptoms might worsen, condition might get worse).

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111: Advice from St John

St John PhotoWhat to do during a 111 call.

1. When the Telecom operator answers, ask to speak to ambulance.

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CCS Disability Action: Working with Health Professionals

CCSDisabilityActionLogoWhen your child is diagnosed with a disability you may feel overwhelmed by the huge amount of information, or the words your doctor or specialist uses may be confusing. 


Help from Your Pharmacy to Stay Independent at Home

YellowTickMany community pharmacists and pharmacies offer a service to help customers stay independent, healthy and active. The Supporting Independent Living Programme addresses issues that threaten the health, independence and quality of life of people as they age or cope with ill health and/or disability.

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Advice: Managing Medications

ManagingMedicationsMany older people take several medications several times a day. Managing medications is a home health basic. Complete our Medications Care Plan and keep it updated. Ensure refill information is also current.

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Advice: Communicating With Medical Professionals

CommunicatingWithProfessionalsFamily carers have regular contact with GPs and many other health professionals, government agencies, and support organisations. Being able to communicate well with a wide range of professionals is an important part of caring.

It can be hard to build comfortable partnerships with medical professionals, who see many patients and their families every day, and have limited time to spend with individuals.

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St John: Online First Aid Library

Be prepared for most health emergencies by visiting St John's online First Aid Library.

The library provides all New Zealanders with a valuable practical guide to first aid for a range of common emergencies.

Used in conjunction with first aid training, it will assist anyone faced with a medical emergency. You'll also get tips about whether, when, and how to call an ambulance.

Topics covered in the library include:

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Advice: Ask your Pharmacist

Chemists provide more services than most of us realise! Community chemists are the the health professionals family carers see most often, along with GPs and practice nurses. 

Hear advice from Ann Privet of the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand about managing medications with confidence. 

Ann Privet




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