‘Anyone can save a life’ says St John WA and RSC in powerful new campaign via 303 MullenLowe


St John WA and the Road Safety Commission (RSC) are reminding drivers that “Anyone Can Save a Life”, in a powerful new first-responders campaign via 303 MullenLowe.


Based on a real-life crash and first aid scenario, it shows the critical first four minutes after a crash, and an extraordinary moment in which a young driver saves an unconscious motorist’s life by using just the tips of her fingers, and the knowledge of first aid.

The film’s message ‘Anyone Can Save a Life’ – targeting all drivers but particularly the young – communicates that the unexpected can happen any time a driver gets behind the wheel. It also highlights that both new and experienced drivers can prepare for the unexpected by undertaking St John’s free 15-minute First Aid For Me online learning program, which equips people with knowledge to potentially save lives.

303 MullenLowe Perth’s MD, René Migliore, said: “While St John has many stories of life-saving moments, the true story on which the campaign is based stood out for its simplicity and power – which in turn, translated beautifully into the advertising format.

“The true story behind this spot inspired the powerful visual at the centre of the campaign – our first responder to the crash reaching into the car to lift the chin of the unconscious driver, and saving a life. That person was only able to step in because simple training gave them the ability and confidence to do so, and it inspired us to craft a powerfully simple spot that hopefully connects with drivers young and old alike.

“With one simple act, a life is saved. It’s a unique scenario and associated visual that we were then able to apply across the campaign to capture attention on multiple platforms. And unlike other road-safety commercials, the campaign’s focus is less about the behaviour of the driver in the crash, and more about the importance of being a first responder.”

St John WA’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Brown, said: “We know about 15 per cent of road deaths could be avoided with early first aid intervention, particularly to address blocked airways. While there is no substitute for learning quality CPR through an accredited first aid course, spending 15 minutes learning the basics could mean the difference between life and death. Thanks to the Road Safety Commission, these skills and knowledge will reach a broader audience through the new Anyone Can Save a Life campaign, which we believe is the first of its type in Australia.”

Road Safety Commissioner Adrian Warner said the powerful campaign speaks to the importance of post-crash care in reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on WA roads: “While we are committed to reducing crashes, the reality is they do happen and this campaign will equip and empower Western Australians to provide life-saving first aid following a crash.”

Head of Brand and Marketing at St John WA, Smiljka Dimitrijevic, said: “Following an increase in driving holidays during COVID, our media and communications team worked closely with Road Safety Commission to create a joint campaign that would improve patient outcomes and survival rates by educating the WA community about the part they can play. The result of over two years of work is the empowering and goosebump-inducing Anyone Can Save a Life campaign. We hope everyone has a chance to see it and be moved to act.”

Anyone Can Save a Life is now live across BVOD, audio, radio live reads, sponsorship, online, social and display.

Managing Director – René Migliore
Senior Business Director – Holly Creasey
Business Coordinator – Braydon Gallop
Chief Creative Officer – Damian Royce
Head of Production – Johnathan Julius (JJ)
Art Director – Stephen Hansen
Copywriter – Zosia Kilpatrick
Head of Design – Alby Furfaro
Finished Artist – Suzanne Whoston
St John WA
Head of Brand & Marketing – Smiljka Dimitrijevic
First Aid Marketing Specialist – Kieran Ball
Chief Preventative Officer – Megan O’Donnell
Head of Customer Experience – Tom Hubbard
Head of Corporate Affairs – Peta Rule
Content and Media Lead – James Foggo
Social Media and Content Specialist – Abbey Dunne
Clinical Digital Specialist – Matt Didcoe
Road Safety Commission
Campaigns Officer – Alisia Mumby
Strategic Communications Manager – Joanna Hynes
A/Strategic Communications Manager – Kirsten Brent
Media Planning – Initiative
Investment Partnerships Executive – Daniel Pomponio
Account Director – Tiaan van Jaarsveldt
Production Credits
Production Company: Sandbox Productions
Director: Armand de Saint Salvy
Executive Producer: Hollie Gibson
Producer: Kelly Marie Miller
Production Coordinator: Madison Armstrong
1st AD: Kiran Wilson
DOP: Patrick O’Sullivan
1st AC: Daniel Stone
2nd AC: Brianna Trinidad
Gaffer: Jean Vandermeiren
LX Assist: Pete Gleeson
Lead Grip: Greg McKie
Grip Assist: Jacki McKie
Grip Assist: Alex Hay
Audio Recordist: Brett Stayt
Art Director: Mon Wajon
Art Assist: James Hastings
Vehicle Wrangler: Stuart Bennett
Wardrobe Stylist: Maria Papandrea
Wardrobe Assist: Jessica Wilson
Hair & Makeup Artist: Kate Farmer
Hair & Makeup Assist: Khacee Leevers
Locations Coordinator: Jack Gilmour
Production Runner: Jay Peardon
Offline Editor: Armand de Saint Salvy & Joel Taylor
Online Editor: Joel Taylor
VFX Artist: Tony Bannan
VFX Artist: Paul Siciliano
Colourist: Marcus Friedlander
Casting: Toesox
Casting Director: Megan Carpenter
Photography & Retouching: Finlay MacKay
Audio Production: MDS Audio
Sound Engineer: Tim Count

‘Anyone can save a life’ says St John WA and RSC in powerful new campaign via 303 MullenLowe ‘Anyone can save a life’ says St John WA and RSC in powerful new campaign via 303 MullenLowe