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First aid education for migrants in South Australia



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP Attorney-General Minister for Emergency Management

NICK CHAMPION MP Member for Wakefield

MEDIA RELEASE

8 November 2012

FIRST AID EDUCATION FOR MIGRANTS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

A new emergency management program will be delivered in South Australia by St John Ambulance to educate migrants on how to respond to emergency situations.

Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Nicola Roxon and the Federal Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion, today announced $62,500 to be jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian Governments and said this would provide a model for use in other Australian migrant communities.

“This program seeks to educate migrants, directly and through their leaders, with important practical knowledge on how to respond to emergency situations,” Ms Roxon said.

“With its focus on physical wellbeing, including first aid, road accidents, burns and broken bones, this is an important program that I hope can be applied in migrant communities throughout Australia,” Ms Roxon said.

The Member for Wakefield Nick Champion said on completion, 200 migrants will have achieved First Aid Certification and receive a First Aid Kit - expanding their capability and capacity to cope with emergency situations.

“This is a wonderful project for the Elizabeth and surrounding communities, critical to the success of this project is the recruitment of leaders within the community to ensure a long term benefit,” Mr Champion said.

“The project will link the northern migrant community with local government, not-for-profit organisations and local disaster emergency groups, through the development of disaster management procedures in culturally appropriate communication,” Mr Champion said.

“This funding is part of $6.7 million in joint funding for 41 projects being rolled out around South Australia this year,” Ms Roxon said.

“These grants are providing much needed, practical assistance to communities that will help them prepare for disasters this year.”

The South Australian Minister for Emergency Management Jennifer Rankine said the combined Commonwealth and South Australian Government funding will strengthen partnerships critical to a more resilient Australia.

“The partnerships between all levels of government and the community are vital to building a culture of shared responsibility, one of the key priorities of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience,” Ms Rankin said.

Further information on the Natural Disaster Resilience Program can be found at www.em.gov.au/fundinginitiatives and www.safecom.sa.gov.au

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