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Rat Lung Worm

I can’t believe how the wet weather has brought out all the slugs and snails.  I feel like I’ve been waging war on these pest the whole winter. With summer fast approaching, kids are beginning to want to go outside to play again.  The warmer weather and volume of snails around can pose a risk to your families health.  The New South Wales Health Department release a fact sheet on Rat Lung Worm about this health risk.

Rat Lung Worm

The parasite Rat Lung Worm is a very rare cause of meningitis in Australia.  This disease is associated with eating infected snails and slugs.  Most people make a full recovery.  Rats are also the cause of this disease.


In most cases people may have no symptoms of Rat Lung Worm.  In rare circumstances it may cause meningitis – a brain infection.  These symptoms include headaches, a stiff neck, tingling or painful skin, fever, nausea, and vomiting.  Symptoms occur 1 to 3 weeks after ingestion.   Anyone showing these symptoms should see their doctor right away.


The parasite is more commonly found in Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands and Australia.  Infants and children may be at risk of Rat Lung Worm should they eat garden snails that they find.  Adults can put themselves at risk eating raw produce with the slime of the snail or slug on it.

First Aid

Most people with symptoms recover fully without treatment over days, weeks or months.  However, the infection can sometimes cause severe meningitis that requires specialist treatment.  The infection is occasionally fatal.

Ensure you’re up to date with your first aid.  Keep the Poison Help Line number handy too – 13 11 26.


The link below references the fact sheet published be the NSW Health Department.

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Bee Prepared this Spring

You may love the cold or could be over it.

I’m over the cold and cannot wait for the warmer weather. For me spring represents the beginning of BBQ’s on the weekends along with rounds of golf.

The problem with spring is that as much as we enjoy the outdoors, all the little creatures of Australia enjoy getting out as well. We could find ourselves competing for the same beautiful patch of Australian real estate at times.

Be sure you are prepared this spring.

Here are a few things to help you bee prepared:

Epi Pen
If you or a family member suffers from anaphylaxis, be sure to have an in date EpiPen. It also can’t hurt spending time refreshing yourself on how it works.
Here’s a video link that might help – How to use an EpiPen

First Aid Training
Don’t get caught out not knowing what to do in an emergency. Attending a first aid course would be a worth while investment of your time. Most senior first aid course over either 1 or 2 days.  Be sure you pick a course that has good trainers. Perth Training Institute only use trainers that have worked in emergency situations. You can draw on their experience to know what to do.
Here’s a link to our first aid training course – Senior First Aid Training

First Aid Kit
Dust the first aid kit off. Make sure you have restocked your kit. It’s probably been raided with the intention of being restocked later. Also know what is in your kit. There is nothing worse than trying to figure out if or where something is in an emergency. Contact Perth Training Institute to restock or buy a new first aid kit.

I hope you have a safe spring and sun fulled summer. Being prepared can make all the difference.

Wayne van Biljon

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e-learning component means your training can start instantly

Perth Training Institute now offers an e-learning compontent to their HLT First Aid Courses. This means your training can start instantly!

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Change in season means Asthma attacks are on the rise


A change in seasons as autumn approaches, means asthma cases are on the rise across Australia. Last month, the NSW Deputy State Coroner, Geraldine Beattie, reported her findings on the death of a 13 year old girl in 2014 in a “putrid house” that was heavily infested with mice. The coroner reported the cause of death to be asthma with obesity and tobacco smoke exposure being contributory factors. Scary stuff!

So what is Asthma?
Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition caused by hypersensitivity and inflammation of the airways. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness, and can vary in severity from person to person.

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PTI is expanding into the Great Southern Region of Western Australia

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.”

— James Cash Penney, founder, JC Penney.

Emma FairleyWe are so pleased to announce that PTI is now offering first aid courses in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia from our new base in Albany, Western Australia with ex-paramedic, Emma Fairley, taking the helm.

We asked Emma to tell us a little about herself…
Emma has 2 little girls, 4 and 6 and previously worked as a paramedic at St John Ambulance for 6 years. She decided that the shift work and paramedic lifestyle weren’t working for her family and started to look for new opportunities to share her knowledge. 

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£20 off HLTAID004 – limited time only

Great news! For a limited time only, get $20 off HLTAID004 Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting!

This child care first aid course is a must have for anyone involved in child care, day care and education settings.

Simply quote child safe when you book to claim your discount!

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Unique Student Identifier or USI

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As of January 2015, any student planning on undertaking nationally recognised training from a Recognised Training Organisation will need to acquire a Unique Student Identifier or USI.

What is a USI and what are the benefits?

A Unique Student Identifier is a 10 digit reference number (made up of numbers and letters). This gives you access to your USI account where all your nationally recognised training and results are stored.

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What to remember about CPR

Category : CPR , First Aid

Changes to the CPR and other first aid guidelines, such as the one’s mentioned in the previous post (insert link), have had a significant positive impact on the outcome of patients in cardiac arrest.

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Changes to CPR in the First Aid Guidelines for 2016

Category : CPR , First Aid

On the 13th of January, The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) released a number of changes to the First Aid Guidelines. Although 47 of the 75 existing first aid guidelines were changed (more details to come), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as we know it, only received minor changes.

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Category : General


On behalf of PTI, we would love to take the chance to welcome you to our new blog, and thank you for taking the time to read it!

We hope you will find it a valuable source of information, filled with useful first aid and fire safety snippets. We promise not to bombard you with funny cat videos, cute baby videos or carpool karaoke (ok ok, we will try not to… )

As always, we love your feedback, so please feel free to comment on our posts, share them and subscribe.

Wayne and the team