Sydney Bush Walkers Inc. - First Aid and Health

Ouch! ... How many times have you heard of someone spraining their ankle simply by stepping off the gutter, or tripping down the stairs? It's surprisingly common in our urban environment where it's easy to hop in a taxi to the nearest medical centre, or call an ambulance for serious stuff.

Out in the wild places that we love it's not so easy!

That's why it's important to travel in a group in the bush and to have good First Aid training.

First Aid Subsidies

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SBW strongly encourages all Members (not just Leaders) to be trained in First Aid and to keep those skills up to date.

First Aid training subsidy

In order to further encourage training and leadership in the Club, and to make it easier for Members to obtain and upgrade their first aid qualifications, the Committee in January 2012 approved the following enhanced incentives:



The Club will reimburse:

Members and leaders who wish to claim reimbursement should keep a copy of their course registration and results, and send an electronic copy to and also to the Skills Enhancement Secretary

The following websites are provided for your reference:

In addition, check out St John First Aid Fact Sheets which have good information on many different situations. The following ones may be particularly relevant to bushwalkers:


Ticks are tiny bloodsucking, external parasites that are often encountered by people during activities in the Australian bush. The University of Sydney has this great fact sheet for treatment and removal of ticks.

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