St John Ambulance ACT is a not-for-profit, self-funding charity. What this means is that all our revenue from commercial first aid courses and kits is put back into community projects that work towards increasing community resilience in the Canberra region.

 We are all about making first aid a part of everybody's life.

To this end we have several Community Projects that focus on free basic first aid education or community support.


Project Survival’s primary role is to provide basic life-saving skills and training to members at risk in the community, such as people in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. These basic First Aid Skills include how to call an Ambulance, how to stop a major bleed and how to do CPR. These basic life-saving skills prepare people for emergencies that they might encounter in their local area of the community.

If you are involved with a rehabilitation centre or a shelter, and would like to be involved in Project Survival, please express your interest and share some details on your organisation via or complete this form.



St John Ambulance believes in empowering our children and youth to be capable in first aid situations.

First Aid Skills in Schools is an initiative aimed at training ACT school children in basic first aid skills. Over 5,500 children were trained in 2013 and 10,000 are planned for in 2014.

The program offers the following at interested primary schools in the ACT:

  • free 60 minute basic first aid courses for year 3 to 6 students
  • free 45-60 minute first aid awareness presentations for Kinder to year 2 students 

The program includes age appropriate content on how to be a good first aider, how to call for help, managing bleeding and managing burns. Years 3-6 also cover an introduction to the DRSABCD action plan and how to manage an unconscious breathing patient.

More information and an online booking form can be found at: First Aid Skills in Schools



St John ACT’s newest initiative, Project Resilience, aims to build community resilience through delivering free basic first aid training in the ACT.  This year we are focussing on active retirees.

 More information at: Project Resilience


We also provide Event Health Services at community events.