Sydney, Australia – May 21, 2019 – Start VR has launched a ground-breaking virtual reality First Aid training service “SJx” for St John Ambulance Victoria. This interactive VR solution reduces the training time by 75% enabling students to receive life saving certification within one hour.

SJx offers businesses a portable VR-based training solution, along with an immersive projection-based group training solution for groups of up to twenty people.

Students are presented with real-life simulation of a medical emergency and are led through the various stages of CPR training.

Optimised for use with the Oculus Go headsets, students will identify hazardous objects, make time-critical decisions and engage with the environment to achieve their First Aid certification.

The turn-key SJx solution contains a:

  1. Student Application which delivers interactive course content and assessment to VR and iPad devices
  2. Trainer App that manages student attendance and assessment, synchronises media playback and ensures the simple and elegant roll-out of training
  3. Installation App that works with large format projectors to immerse groups of up to twenty users in a two-hour class variant. This works in concert with a BYOD offering where students are invited to take their written assessments from their personal smartphone.

The training experience is built on Start VR’s internally developed Startgate XR publishing platform.  Startgate XR provides synchronised media management, analytics and the remote management of content published to the most popular VR and AR headsets.

According to the Start VR, CEO, Kain Tietzel, St John Ambulance Victoria is one of the first in the world to take “package a portable high impact VR learning solution”.

“We’re seeing ever increasing investment and activity from our HR & training customers as they  move from pilot programs to fully deploying VR solutions.

“St John Ambulance Victoria are taking it to the next level by delivering a portable solution that ensures consistent premium training experiences, which are more efficient and economical. This life saving training solution, enables businesses to train their staff on-site (a huge boost to productivity) and reach remote and busy communities who would otherwise find it difficult to receive training.

Our studio team have produced a suite of content that is interactive, cinematic and engaging, and through our Startgate platform, St John Ambulance Victoria can rollout their SJx initiative at scale.

It’s a compelling illustration that highlights how the commercialisation and enterprise implementation of XR has arrived.”

This new training course will accredit the Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certificate to Victorian students using real-life 360-degree video scenarios and an integrated questionnaire.

CEO of St John Ambulance Victoria, Gordon Botwright said: “With thousands of peoplw dying from cardiac arrest each year, it’s crucial that we make the process of undertaking first aid training accessible. Using Start VR’s invaluable expertise in virtual reality, we are able to ensure our students receive the highest quality learning experience while significantly cutting down the time it takes to deliver a market-leading first aid course in Australia.

“We are excited to pave the way for a new evolution of first aid training in Australia to improve cardiac arrest response times and ultimately, survival rates.”


Start VR is an independent, award-winning immersive studio, redefining how stories are told in extended reality by using a myriad of frontier production techniques, intuitive UX design, artful storytelling, natural interactions and a pinch of magic.

Based in Sydney, Australia, the studio has developed premium enterprise training, marketing and entertainment solutions for clients including Qantas, Facebook, Samsung, Westpac and ANSTO coupled with a suite of internationally acclaimed, genre defining, original experiences including Awake: Episode One, VR Noir, Atlas Obscura VR and Wentworth VR.