BOOK LAUNCH: Olympian Susie O’Neill speaks on Hamilton Island at the launch of Freya the First Aider on Saturday.
BOOK LAUNCH: Olympian Susie O’Neill speaks on Hamilton Island at the launch of Freya the First Aider on Saturday.

Region’s own first aid book

HARRY Potter, Edward Cullen, Katniss Everdeen... and Freya the First Aider?

Two Mackay medical professionals are hoping their protagonist will become a household name after launching a children's book on the weekend that teaches kids and adults the basics of first aid.

From fractures at the skate park to a skin cut on the playground, an accident can happen any time and Freya the First Aider aims to teach children simple skills to prevent harm and potentially save a life.

Author and advanced care paramedic Liam Shields said the idea came after attending several incidents involving children.

"Some basic first aid knowledge could have resulted in a better outcome in many cases," he said.

"Everyone, including children, can help save a life and that's what Freya is all about."

The book is based in the Whitsundays, where Freya lives with her paramedic father and loves helping out when an accident takes place.

Editor and Mackay Base Hospital executive director of medical services, Dr David Farlow said there was no book like it on the shelves.

"We're really excited to launch the book and for our local kids to start learning some simple, but potentially lifesaving, techniques," he said.

"We're also very proud that every aspect of the book has been created and produced in the Mackay and Whitsunday regions."

The book was launched on Hamilton Island on Saturday, endorsed by Olympian Susie O'Neill and triathlete Craig Alexander.

Five per cent of each book sold will go to research into injury prevention.


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