Retirees - Life Live It Save It Program
The LIFE... Live It Save It program is a community education program that was developed to educate over 55 retirees recognise and deal effectively with medical emergencies. The results of our community consultation discovered an alarmingly low level of understanding or lack of urgency concerning medical emergencies. We also found the three main reasons people aged 55 over don't undertake life-saving courses are time, cost and exams/assessments.
The program is free to all community clubs in New South Wales who cater to retirees, only takes one hour to complete and there are no exams or tests. It is a self-learning program designed to be facilitated by community members in a group environment. The program's key objectives are:
- Early recognition of signs and symptoms of medical emergencies
- Calling Triple Zero (000) immediately for an ambulance
- Following ambulance calltaker instructions
Also included in the LIFE... Live It Save It program is a short practical component and discussion time.
Since its rollout in 2007, over 5,000 community members have participated in the program with enthusiastic feedback received. An independent evaluation was conducted in late 2008 with findings revealing that almost all (96%) participants said they knew what to do in a medical emergency.
To get your community group involved and receive a free kit for this program, send us an email including your name, community group's name, postal address and estimated number of participants.