CPR Awareness Program

CPR Awareness Program – What is it?

Since 2008, Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Local Ambulance Committees (LACs) with their Community Coordinators and Peer Trainers have been providing CPR Awareness sessions within their communities for the cost of a gold coin donation.

QAS endorses the LAC-led CPR Awareness Program

The benefits of effective Bystander CPR on improved patient outcomes is well known. This program can make a real difference to someone’s life, and the lives of their loved ones. All LACs, with the support of their local Officer-in-Charge, are encouraged to get involved in delivering the CPR Awareness Program to your community.

Would you know what to do?

A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart has stopped or is too weak to pump effectively. 76% of cardiac arrests occur at home and the most likely witness is a spouse or family member. In an emergency every second counts.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is easy to learn and can help save lives.

CPR Awareness is an LAC-led program that aims to provide the community with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to respond to a sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. At a CPR Awareness session, community members will become familiar with the life-saving skill of single operator adult CPR. It also trains members of the community to deliver the program to fellow community members.

How can you become involved?

Attend a CPR Awareness session

By attending a 90 minute CPR Awareness session you can become confident in the skill of single operator adult/child/infant CPR for the cost of a gold coin donation.

Volunteer for your Local Ambulance Committee, join as a member or volunteer for an LAC Subcommittee

Peer Trainers

By volunteering for your LAC you can become a CPR Awareness Peer Trainer. Peer Trainers conduct community training sessions in their own local communities and clubs, and encourage members to attend regular practice sessions to maintain their skills (yearly).

Community Coordinator

You may also consider becoming a Community Coordinator. Community Coordinators provide local coordination for CPR Awareness sessions, engage community organisations in the program, liaise with local Officers-In-Charge, Peer Trainers and LACs; train and support Peer Trainers.

Further information

Contact your Local Ambulance Committee or your nearest Officer-In-Charge via your Local Ambulance Service Network (LASN) head office.

Alternatively, please complete the form below to register your interest in attending a CPR Awareness Session close to you.  An LAC volunteer or QAS Officer will be in contact with you to discuss your request.  Any information submitted using this form will be used in line with our privacy statement.


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Last updated 26 June 2013