Julian Burtons Burstrust

Annual Report 2012/13 . BurnSafe School Program

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The BurnSafe schools program has been designed to educate students and their families about the incidence of burn injury, prevention strategies and first aid.

Almost every burn injury a young person suffers is preventable. BurnSafe encourages students to become more aware of the incidence of burn injury, its major causes and how they can reduce the risk of suffering a burn injury.

Community impact

Our BurnSafe Schools Program has been teaching students in primary schools across South Australia since 2007 and is continuing to develop to reach students and their families in high risk demographics. The program meets the South Australian Curriculum Standards and the National Standards.

This financial year, we provided education to 10,159 students and their families from 47 schools through direct education and provision of take home resources.

Of the students surveyed post BurnSafe session, 99% of students retained key prevention and first aid knowledge after participating in the program.

An astounding 95% of students indicated they would change their behaviour due to their participation in BurnSafe.

86% of students surveyed said they taught their parents the key messages of prevention, safety and burns first aid of 20 minutes cool running water post session. These students also indicated they display their burns first aid magnet at home, on their fridge.

Post Program: Student Retention of Key Messages

The results of our 12 month post-session surveys demonstrate the BurnSafe program to be an extremely effective program, maintaining a high retention of key health and safety messages of up to 88%. 

“Now we know the horrible consequences…how burns are life threatening and the time it takes to recover” Yr 6 student

“Invaluable information; something all students should be made aware of. Session incredibly well set up with a range of engaging resources and exhibits" Year 6/7 Teacher






Program Partners

BHP Billiton, South Australian Government, Fay Fuller Foundation, AGL