A Sustainable Solution for a Burning Problem

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers pictured here graduated from the first ever accredited training in Burns targeting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce (AHWs). Due to the specialist nature of the training AHWs travelled from as far north as the Tiwi Islands in the NT, and as far west as Ceduna in SA.

In collaboration with the Julian Burton Burns Trust, SA Health and the Aboriginal Health Council of SA, AHWs can now enroll in studies that cover all aspects of burn care including burn prevention, emergency management of a burn injury and rehabilitation.

This accredited training contributes to existing AHW curriculum and acknowledges the important role AHWs play in burns treatment and prevention in the community.

FIRST AID QUICK GUIDE
In an emergency call 000
1. REMOVE
Remove any clothing and jewellery from the affected area to allow effective cooling of the burn.
2. COOL
Cool the burn under cool running water for 20 minutes - this will stop the burning process and also help ease the pain.
3. COVER
Cover the burn with a clean lint free cloth or if it is a large area, cover loosely with cling wrap to lessen the chance of infection.
4. SEEK
Seek medical advice if the burn is larger than a 20 cent piece or on the face, hands, feet or groin area.