Participating Instructor Trainers from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong reviewed DAN Instructor Qualification Course (IQC) standards and delved into the specifics of DAN’s e-learning platform. To ensure that all skills are taught and in turn performed consistently, participants practiced a variety of methods of teaching first aid skills including adult, child and infant CPR with AEDs, ventilation using bag valve masks and manually triggered ventilators, managing obstructed airways, controlling bleeding, performing neurological assessments and many more.
After the skill review, participants discussed the elements of effective student and instructor candidate evaluation, and each participant then demonstrated skills for evaluation by their peers. The workshop culminated in a series of discussions to prepare Instructor Trainers to successfully conduct their own bridging workshops for DAN Instructors throughout the region.
After participating in the workshop, DAN World’s Asia-Pacific regional manager, Scott Jamieson, expressed excitement about the future of DAN training in the region. “The e-learning platform is great — it will be a saviour for instructors in this region who have previously had to pay high customs duties on materials,” he said. “They will no longer have to stockpile supplies for courses that may not ever happen or put students on hold for weeks while waiting for hard-copy materials to arrive. Overall, the trainers who attended left the program feeling quite positive and excited about the opportunities that will be forthcoming under this new system.”