Life saving lessons for Maryborough’s youngsters

Hamish Richardson was a brave volunteer during a visit to the Maryborough Ambulance Station

Some of Maryborough’s youngest residents got to rub shoulders with four of the Central Goldfields Shire’s life saving heroes last week.

Four and five-year-old kindergartners and daycare children from the Goldfields Family Centre visited Maryborough’s ambulance station last Wednesday to get familiar with the paramedics and medical equipment.

Goldfields Family Centre kindergarten teacher Wendy Powell said the visit was a great learning experience and was enjoyed by the children.

“This month we went to the ambulance station because we’ve been talking about our bodies and how they work,” she said.

“It’s about helping the children see that all the medical equipment is not scary and that the paramedics are approachable people, and to be aware of how to access those services like calling Triple Zero.

“It’s the same reason we have police officers come in and talk to the kids about what they do and answer questions, it reduces their anxiety.”

With regular excursions to places within Maryborough including Havilah Hostel, the hospital and Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Ms Powell said getting the children out and about is important for their development.

For more on this story see Page 4 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, March 12

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