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MEDIA RELEASE: Young lifesavers battle it out to see who is the best St John Cadet in the Territory
  27 Apr 2021

Come down to see who can handle the pressure of a potentially life-or-death situation at the Northern Territory St John Ambulance Cadet Competitions.

St John NT will run their annual Cadet First Aid Competitions on Saturday, 1 May 2021 at Territory Wildlife Park. Aged between 12 and 17 years old, St John NT Youth Members will have the choice to compete in their age groups in a team or as an individual.

Each team or individual will face the same challenges, and will be placed in isolation prior to the event.

“Cadets won’t know what they’ll be facing until they see the scene.” Volunteer Commissioner Mel Crompton said. “They’re facing the same challenge, using identical equipment and have the same amount of time to complete the tasks ahead of them.”

Prosthetics, fake blood and dramatic acting will help in creating realistic scenarios for Cadets to attend to. Competitors will be given 20 minutes to attend to each emergency, and will be required to make split-second decisions about medical treatment under the watchful eye of the competition judges.

Winners will be decided by how Cadets triage the scene and how accurate the treatment is.

The events are designed to test competency in a broad range of skills including first aid and patient care, and the winners of each category will go on to represent the Northern Territory at the National First Aid Competition held in Tasmania in 2022. The National winner will then have the opportunity to compete at an international level.

“The Youth Competitions have a first aid focus, but also help Cadets to develop their leadership, problem-solving and teamwork skills as well as preparing them for real-life scenarios they may face.” Mel Crompton stated.

St John NT Community Education will also be present at the event running free CPR and a representative from the Territory Wildlife Park will provide information on dangerous animals in the NT.

This event is open to members from all Youth Divisions across the Northern Territory, with teams from Alice Springs and Katherine competing, and for the public to attend.

Annette Plowman, Director of Volunteering, Events and Community Education, is available to speak to media about this event.

Media enquiries: Kate Hulls on 0428 157 762 or

Photo: St John NT Youth Members

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