Kiss of Life or Kiss of Death?

Kiss of Life or Kiss of Death?

21 Jul 2011

Residents in North and central Victoria will have a rare opportunity to hear about a debate on mouth to mouth resuscitation when an eminent academic from England visits Bendigo on Wednesday 27 July.

Professor Malcolm Woollard on the job in the UKIn a free public lecture, Coventry University’s Professor in Pre-hospital and Emergency Care, Malcolm Woollard, will review resuscitation research on the question of whether mouth-to-mouth is the kiss of life or the kiss of death.

Professor Woollard said that the debate on whether teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to the public is of benefit or harm is polarising academics and professionals worldwide.

‘In 1960 combining mouth-to-mouth ventilations with closed chest compressions, was adopted by the American Heart Association’ said Professor Woollard.

‘It has since been taught as the most appropriate intervention by members of the public witnessing a cardiac arrest.

‘In 1998 a group of academics controversially recommended removing mouth-to-mouth from public training classes in response to overwhelming evidence that CPR was too complicated to learn in a two hour course.
‘There is now a huge divide across the world in respect to treatment recommendations’ said Professor Woollard.

Dr Peter O’Meara, Professor in Rural and Regional Paramedicine at La Trobe Rural Health School -who invited Professor Woollard to La Trobe University - said the impending visit is great for Bendigo.
’Bendigo will be the only regional city that Professor Woollard will visit so this is an amazing opportunity for the community.

‘Professor Woollard is the first practising paramedic in the world to have gained a professorial appointment in the discipline,’ said Dr O’Meara. ‘He still works part time as a paramedic first responder for the Welsh Ambulance Service.’

‘He is very well known in medical circles. He is also one of the pioneers of paramedic research and will bring a wealth of knowledge gained from practical experience in the UK’s ambulance service.’

Professor Woollard’s presentation will commence at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 27 July at the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre, View Street, Bendigo.






Professor O’Meara will introduce Professor Woollard to La Trobe University’s Executive Director, Bendigo Campus, Andrew Skewes


10 am  Tuesday 26 July 2011


Office of Andrew Skewes, Room 1.07, The Cottage, La Trobe University Bendigo Campus (enter via Gate 3 off Edwards Road)

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