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Bondi Rescue, 2006: A major medical emergency

This clip shows reality television footage of lifeguards conducting an emergency resuscitation on Bondi Beach in Sydney. In the first scene lifeguards are posing for a promotional shoot when a Japanese student, Takahiro Ono, is noticed floating unconscious in the surf. The lifeguards spring into action. Placing Ono on the ...


European wasps as pests in Australia

This is an information sheet that describes why European wasps are pests in Australia, the health effects their stings can have, and the recommended first aid for stings.


Young people and asthma: management and medication

This clip shows six young people discussing their experience of living with asthma and the types of medication they use for it. Each person describes the side effects of their medication and how they manage asthma triggers. The clip explores the issues of knowing when to seek medical attention and the importance of being ...


Young people and asthma: education and awareness

This clip shows four young people discussing the importance of the Asthma Friendly Schools Program and the value of their Asthma Action Plan. They describe the support that friends and teachers provide when managing an asthma attack and the security of knowing that the people around them, particularly teachers, are knowledgeable ...


Young people and asthma: my future

This clip shows six young people with asthma discussing its potential effect on their future. Each one shares their goals and hopes, and some explain how asthma has influenced their decision to work in the health field. They discuss the significance of medication in managing asthma and in achieving their future goals and ...


Young people and asthma: words of wisdom

This clip shows five young people discussing what they have learnt from their experience of living with asthma. Resilience emerges as a strong theme and the young people highlight the value of knowing their bodies and their limits, and of not allowing asthma to get in the way of achieving their goals. They emphasise the ...


'Safety pays' - asset 2

This is an unposed image of a group of six children on the beach, watching an adult perform artificial respiration. It is obviously a still, as the edges of the movie film are showing. It was taken from a story called 'Safety pays' in the newsreel 'Australasian Gazette', which was filmed in 1927.


A lifesaving carnival in the 1920s

This is silent footage showing a surf lifesaving carnival with lifesavers demonstrating their skills on Bondi Beach in Sydney. It is an excerpt from the documentary film made in 1929 by the Australian Migration and Development Commission entitled 'Sons of the surf'. It begins with the intertitle, 'A championship competition ...


Royal Flying Doctor Service dentist, NSW, 1962

This is a black-and-white photograph of a dentist from the Royal Flying Doctor Service performing dentistry beside his plane in a remote part of New South Wales in 1962.


Box jellyfish (sea wasp, indringa), 1975

This is a colour photograph taken in 1975 of a box jellyfish, also known as a sea wasp, fire medusa, indringa or jellyblubber. Its body and tentacles are clearly visible against a black background.


Australia Today - Lucky Strike … and Other Segments, 1938: Fangs of death

This clip from a black-and-white newsreel shows professional 'snake man' George Cann at his home in Sydney, New South Wales. Cann picks up a number of snakes as the narrator explains that he has been bitten 400 times in 20 years. Towards the end of the clip, Cann receives a bite from one of the snakes and is shown calmly ...


Flying Doctor treating a patient, 1969

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in outback Queensland for the Brisbane Courier Mail, showing Dr Tim O'Leary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service attending an injured stockman. The unidentified stockman is lying down with his head resting on a saddle and one of his legs in an inflatable plastic splint. Another stockman, ...


Bondi Rescue, 2007: The aftermath

This clip shows lifeguards at Sydney's famous Bondi Beach discussing their reactions after a man drowns at the beach. Scenes of the lifeguards coming off duty after the drowning are interspersed with interviews with three lifeguards. Blake McKeown, a young trainee, speaks of the personal impact of the tragedy; Andrew Reid ...


Couch - Our Women of the VAD, 1943: Women volunteers

This silent clip illustrates the activities of Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs), first through a narrative of three young women joining a VAD and then by showing the activities of the VAD, based in the Sydney suburb of Drummoyne. Intertitles assist in telling the story, which begins with three young women looking at a magazine ...

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Be on the Safe Side Year 9-10 HPE

This is a unit of work about how to be a safe, active and responsible citizen on and around the rail network. The resource focuses on identifying: hazards, pedestrian and crowd behaviour, emotions, bullying and peer pressure that impact on the decisions young people make. It includes: teacher notes, three learning experiences, ...