Learn how to save a life at #CDUODay

16-Aug-2017

(From left) Darmi Messakh, Alix Burke, Farmo Siryon, Dev Lamichhane, Health lecturer Lisa Barton and Simone Byrne practice performing CPR to the beat of Bee Gees’ hit Stayin’ Alive ahead of Open Day on Sunday, 20 August.

(From left) Darmi Messakh, Alix Burke, Farmo Siryon, Dev Lamichhane, Health lecturer Lisa Barton and Simone Byrne practice performing CPR to the beat of Bee Gees’ hit Stayin’ Alive ahead of Open Day on Sunday, 20 August.


A 1970s disco hit song that has the perfect beat for CPR will provide the soundtrack for an interactive nursing demonstration at the seventh annual Charles Darwin University Open Day on Sunday, 20 August.

Bee Gees’ hit “Stayin’ Alive” will get the crowd pumping as the School of Health team rushes to respond to a mock Code Blue – a random collapse – and calls on members of the public for help performing chest compressions and airway support on a life-like mannequin.

Health lecturer Peta Harbour said ECG monitors, the application of an oxygen mask and the mannequin’s ability to groan would contribute to a realistic experience.

“The first five minutes after a person collapses are the most crucial to their outcome,” Ms Harbour said.

“Getting the community involved to help build people’s confidence and skill in responding to an emergency could make all the difference.”

Visitors are invited to try their hands at screen printing and take a virtual drone flight, as part of an Open Day program packed with workshops, talks, tours and interactive displays from 10am – 2pm.

The inaugural Campus Alive! Wildlife Talk and Tour will be an opportunity for visitors to learn about vulnerable black footed tree rats and other native species living in woodland on Casuarina campus.

School of Environment Research Associate Dr Leigh-Ann Woolley said tour guides would use cameras to check nest boxes for the nocturnal tree rats and visitors may catch a glimpse of a resident possum. 

There also will be a radio-tracking demonstration with equipment used by researchers to monitor wildlife movement.

“People will have the opportunity to learn to identify and protect native wildlife often found in backyards in Darwin,” Dr Woolley said.

Visitors who create a personalised Open Day plan will go in the draw to win a $1000 travel voucher. Visit W: openday.cdu.edu.au or download the CDU Events App (Apple devices only)

People are reminded closed shoes may be required for some areas and activities.