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3 September, 2021

In an emergency do you know what to do?

AS we start to head into warmer weather our focus turns to enjoying the wonderful weather we have in store.

By Peter McCullagh

For many families this includes the pool, beach, or camping. We are spoilt for choice here in the far north when it comes to kicking back and enjoying our leisure time.

It is unfortunate, but our love of the great outdoors and water can come at a cost. Babies and toddlers do not mix easily with water, so it’s a matter of remaining vigilant as well as knowing what to do should a situation develop.

Parentmedic North Queensland is a new service provider here in Cairns. They provide Australia’s best baby and child health education programs designed for parents here in the north.

Loretta Woodford is the face of Parentmedic NQ, a registered nurse currently working with the Emergency Short Stay department at one of Queensland’s largest regional hospitals. Ms Woodford is well aware of the trauma associated with water-based incidents involving children.

“Seeing first-hand the impact that a tragedy can have on families, and also becoming a grandmother really spurred me on to set up Parentmedic NQ.

Next Monday morning at Stratford Library, Parentmedic NQ will present a practical workshop on baby and toddler CPR and first aid.

The statistics are frightening in Queensland. Each year, 5 babies or toddlers lose their life by drowning.

“We will show parents how to perform CPR on a baby or toddler up to the age of 4, as well as answering all your basic baby first aid questions.

“This is designed for mums as well as dads, two hours of practical hands-on experience, designed to empower parents and also keep them calm in a crisis”:

The Parentmedic workshop is free to attend, no bookings are necessary, parents can attend with their children as there are fun activities planned for the kids
as well.

For more information visit

The event is a collaboration with Playgroup Queensland and have the support of Member for Barron River Craig Crawford.

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