First Aid and Health

Ouch! ... How many times have you heard of someone spraining their ankle simply by stepping off the gutter, or tripping down the stairs? It's surprisingly common in our urban environment where it's easy to hop in a taxi to the nearest medical centre, or call an ambulance for serious stuff.

Out in the wild places that we love it's not so easy!

That's why it's important to travel in a group in the bush and to have good First Aid training.

First Aid Subsidies

first aid scenario

SBW strongly encourages all Members (not just Leaders) to be trained in First Aid and to keep those skills up to date.

First Aid training subsidy

In order to further encourage training and leadership in the Club, and to make it easier for Members to obtain and upgrade their first aid qualifications, the Committee in January 2012 approved the following enhanced incentives:


  • The Club will reimburse the cost of a two-day Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) certificate, or a one-day recertification course, for Members who have undertaken a minimum of 7 programmed activity days in the previous 12 months. This represents a reduction from the previous 10 such activities.
  • The Club will also allow new Members to count the days they did as a Prospective towards the 7 days.


The Club will reimburse:

  • The cost of a Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) certificate, or the cost of a one-day recertification, for all activity leaders, Leaders are defined as members who have led a minimum of one trip in the previous 12 months and have submitted a trip for the next program.
  • The cost of a two-day remote area first aid certificate, such as Provide First Aid in Remote Situations (HLTAID005) for all activity leaders. Note a pre-requisite for this course is that participants hold a current Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) certificate.

Members and leaders who wish to claim reimbursement should keep a copy of their course registration and results, and send an electronic copy to and also to the Skills Enhancement Secretary

The following websites are provided for your reference:

In addition, check out St John First Aid Fact Sheets which have good information on many different situations. The following ones may be particularly relevant to bushwalkers:

  • DRSABCD Action Plan
  • Bites and stings quick guide
  • Burns and scalds
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Heat-induced conditions
  • Hypothermia
  • Shock
  • Snake bite
  • Spider bites
  • Sprains and strains


Ticks are tiny bloodsucking, external parasites that are often encountered by people during activities in the Australian bush. The University of Sydney has this great fact sheet for treatment and removal of ticks.

The Next Information Night is on Wednesday 8 May 7.30 to 8.30pm

The Next Social Night - Dog Sledding in Sweden - is on Wednesday 15 May 7.30 to 9pm. 

New Members Information Nights are held every second Wednesday of the month upstairs at 16 Fitzroy Street Kirribilli, 7:30pm - 8:30 pm. Just turn up.  Social nights are held every third Wednesday of the month at the same place 7:30pm - 9 pm.  

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