First aid & emergencies

Mosquito-borne diseases
Mosquitoes can carry many different diseases that can be passed on to humans through a mosquito bite. In Australia, these include...
November 3, 2022
Wound care
Skin wounds need to be cleaned and dressed. Contrary to many myths, wounds that are kept moist heal better than those exposed to the air. Read more...
March 20, 2014
Snake bite
Snake bites can occur on Australian farms. Australia has some of the world’s deadliest snakes and they mainly live in rural and remote areas. Read more...
March 20, 2014
Shock - physical
Medical shock is caused by not having enough blood circulating around your body. Reduced blood pressure decreases the flow of oxygen to vital organs and,...
March 20, 2014
Poisoning can occur when a person ingests inhales or has skin contact with household, agricultural chemicals or gas. Read more...
March 20, 2014
First aid kits
First aid kits are essential on farms. Life on a farm comes with its own set of hazards and a first aid kit should be properly stocked and available at all...
March 20, 2014
Eye injury – something in your eye
Eye injuries can occur when flying particles lodge in your eye. Some common examples include wood chips, metal filings, dust, insects and grain. Read more..
March 20, 2014
Crush injuries
Crush injuries occur when a part of the body, such as a hand, arm, leg, foot or trunk is squashed. Often there is little damage on the outside, but the hidden...
March 20, 2014
There are many causes of burns on farms. These include burns from friction, heat, sun, chemicals, equipment and fuels. Read more...
March 19, 2014
Bleeding may present as minor bleeding from small cuts, abrasions and nosebleeds or severe externally or internally from trauma. Bleeding always requires...
March 19, 2014
Bites and stings
Allergies to venoms from stinging insects (bees, wasps and ants) are one of the most common causes of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in Australia....
March 19, 2014
Ambulance - when to call one
First aid skills are essential for all farm workers and people living on farms.  Knowing what to do in an emergency could save a life, and that life could...
March 19, 2014