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With help from The Daily Telegraph and Royal Life Saving Society – NSW, 25 students from Hills Sport High at Seven Hills received CPR training – the first time any of them had learned about resuscitation.

The students learned the different resuscitation techniques required for babies, children and adults, using a ‘Community Lifesaver CPR in a BoxTM’ kit that includes a mannequin and instructional DVD.

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David Macallister, Royal Life Saving Society – NSW CEO, said that while many schools were teaching CPR to students, many students receive no resuscitation training or water safety education. “The Society believes it would be a great contribution to the community to have this added to the national curriculum as standard practice,” he said.

Head PE Teacher at Hills Sport High, Rob Murie, agreed believing that all students from as early as Year 7 should receive CPR training. “Not all schools are fortunate to have it [resuscitation training], but the earlier they learn it, the better,” he said.

Ian Hutchinson