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Delivery Method

  • Classroom

Course Outcome:

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response, life support, management of casualty(s), the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance. This unit incorporates the content of units HLTCPR201A Perform CPR and HLTFA201A Provide basic emergency life support.

Entry Requirements:

Nil However it is recommended that participants have literacy competencies equivalent to Level 2 as described in the Certificates of General Education for Adults (2112AFL, 2212AKC, 2212ALC)

Nominal Duration:

14 hours


  • It is important that you attend each session of this course so that you are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.
  • Your Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment has been accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and entered on the National Training Information Service.
  • Your certificate will be valid for 3 years and the Australian Resuscitation Council recommends that you attend a resuscitation update every 12 months. If you are unable to attend any sessions, please contact your instructor.
  • When attending a class, please bring - This workbook; Your First Aid manual; Writing paper/pens or pencils.

Competencies to be achieved during the training:

At the successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. Assess an emergency situation
2. Maintain the airway, breathing and circulation of an unconscious casualty
3. Administer First Aid for Minor Wounds & Apply Infection Control Procedures
4. Manage a casualty with external bleeding
5. Manage a casualty suffering from shock
6. Administer First Aid for Burns & Electric Shock
7. Administer First Aid for Eye & Soft Tissue Injuries
8. Manage a casualty suffering Near Drowning/Drowning 
9. Manage a casualty suffering Head / Chest / Abdominal Injuries
10. Manage a casualty suffering Extremes of Temperature
11. Administer First Aid for Venomous Bites & Stings and Allergic Reactions
12. Administer First Aid for Spinal Injuries & Fractures
13. Determine Principles for the Assessment and Movement of the Sick & Injured & First Aid Recording Requirements
14. Explain the legal and social responsibilities of a first aider
15. Determine first aid facilities and training requirements

Assessment Procedure:

You will be assessed at the end of the course to show your instructor that you have an appropriate understanding of the procedures necessary to manage a life-threatening situation.

This will consist of:

  • Theory Assessment
  • Practical Demonstrations

You must prove your competency for each section to qualify for a certificate.

Element of Competence   Course Content
Primary First Aid Management    
1. Demonstrate the approach to an Incident and Management of an Unconscious Casualty  

- The procedure to assess the situation to ensure the safety of the patient, bystanders & First Aider
- DRABCD Action Plan
- The initial first aid management of the collapsed or unconscious patient

2. Demonstrate the maintenance of Airway& Breathing of a patient  

- Airway and breathing management on a class participant and/or resuscitation manikin
- Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R. - 1 & 2 operator) on a resuscitation manikin

3. Demonstrate the first aid management for the Collapsed or Unconscious Patient  

- First aid management for an Epileptic fit
- First aid management for a person suffering from a suspected Diabetic episode
- First Aid management for a person suffering from a loss of consciousness

4. Management of Heart Conditions  

- Signs and Symptoms for Heart Attack and Angina
- First aid management for Heart Attack and Angina

5. Management of Minor Wounds & Infection Control  

- First aid management for minor wounds
- Infection control procedures required to protect the patient and the first aider

6. Management of Major External Bleeding & Shock  

- Different types of bleeding
- Body's reaction to bleeding
- Signs & symptoms of Shock
- Control of external bleeding, embedded foreign objects & amputations
- First aid management for shock

7. Management of Burns & Electric Shock  

- Identification, causes, effects and assessment of Burns
- The immediate first aid management for burns - Dry, Scald, Chemical and Sunburn
- The First Aid Management of Electric Shock on the conscious and unconscious casualty.

8. Management of Eye Injuries & Soft Tissue Injuries  

- The first aid management for Soft Tissue injuries
- The first aid management for Eye injuries.

9. Management of Venomous Bites & Stings/ Poisons / Allergic Reactions  

- The first aid management for a Snake / Funnel Web spider and Blue Ringed Octopus bite
- The first aid management for poisonings
- The first aid management for a severe Allergic Reaction

10. Management of Spinal Injuries Fractures  

- The aim of management for suspected spinal injury
- The signs & symptoms of suspected spinal fracture.
- The first aid management for suspected spinal injured patients
- The management of suspected Collarbone, Breastbone, Upper and Lower Arm, Upper and Lower Leg fractures.

11. Assessment and Movement of the Sick & Injured /First Records  

- The systematic examination of a conscious and unconscious patient.
- Monitoring and recording a patient's Vital Signs
- Recording treatment given to a patient
- Correct posture for lifting
- Various methods for moving an injured or ill patient
- Procedures to summon assistance from emergency services, including the Ambulance Service.
- Identify contents of First Aid Boxes in the Workplace.

12. Determine First Aid Facilities and training requirements / Legalities / First Aid Kits   - Relevant state government First Aid requirements
- The concept of a first aider's duty of care and negligence
- Contents for a workplace first aid kit as per appropriate legislative
- Contents for a workplace first aid room where appropriately required
- Requirements for training a workplace first aide

Facilities & Equipment:

Each participant will be provided with all of the intellectual materials required to study all modules. Each program will also be supported with adequate Teaching Aids to assist with the theory and practical training modules such as CPR manikins, Bandages, Visual Aids, Handouts etc as appropriate.


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