HLTAID005 Provide first aid in remote situations

Information about this course:
This unit of competency deals with the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response and emergency life support to a casualty in a remote and/or isolated situation. The unit applies to workers who may be required to prepare for and provide a first aid response in locations beyond the reach of timely medical assistance.

Target audience:
This unit applies to workers who may be required to prepare for and provide a first aid response in locations beyond the reach of timely medical assistance.

Award issued:
Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment for:

  • HLTAID005  Provide first aid in remote situations
  • HLTAID003  Provide first aid
  • HLTAID002  Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
  • HLTAID001  Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Course Duration:
Initial Course duration:

  • Mixed mode: Completion of 12 hours (minimum) of theory and practical training. This course is run as a two day course from 9am to 5pm on day one in your classroom on-site with real time remote training conducted in bush parkland on the second day at Churchill National Park, located in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs in Rowville between 10:30am to 2:30pm (approx). The main entrance to Churchill National Park is off Churchill Park Drive (Melway 82 C11) and the second day of the course kicks off from the picnic shelter at the Churchill Visitor Area.

Refresher Course duration:

  • Mixed mode: Completion pre-course study plus 10 hours (minimum) practical training on-site.

Pre course study options:
There are a number of different options for completing the pre-course study:

  • Ebook
  • Online training

The pre course study includes a question paper consisting of 65 multi choice questions. You must take the completed paper with you to the training course.

What are the pre-requisites for this course?
There are no pre-requisites for this course

Course Requirements:
It is a requirement of this course that you are physically capable of performing uninterrupted CPR for at least 4 minutes on a CPR manikin placed on the floor.

Recertification Requirements:
It is recommended this unit be renewed every 3 years in line with industry standards.

What does the course include?

  • Email copy of your certificate when competent
  • Web based verification system to authenticate your award

What are the LLN requirements for this course?
In order to meet competency for this unit, you will be required to meet the LLN requirements of the Training Package. You can find more information regarding our LLN support services here.

Do I need a USI before enrolling?
All participants must gain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) prior to enrolling in and attending their course. You can apply for your USI here. Please note that you will not receive a Statement of Attainment for your course until you have supplied your USI.

Where can this training be delivered?
The course requires training either at the workplace on-site, so students can develop skills consistent with the job environment, at a simulated workplace or in a classroom setting

What should I look for when choosing a training provider?
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to help you to be fully informed about your decision to enrol into a course. This information can be found by clicking here

A copy of the Student Agreement should be read before enrolling in this course.

What are my rights and responsibilties as a student?
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) requires that students be aware of their rights and responsibilities once they have selected their training provider. Your rights and responsibilities can be found in our Student Agreement that should be read BEFORE enrolling into any of our courses.

All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.

What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?

Performance Evidence
The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role.

There must be demonstrated evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks at least once in line with state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines and workplace procedures:

•    prepared a contingency plan in relation to providing a first aid response in a  remote situation
•    conducted a hazard assessment and identified strategies to minimise risk
•    demonstrated safe manual handling techniques
•    assessed airway, breathing and responsiveness of casualty
•    performed at least four minutes of uninterrupted CPR on both an adult and an infant resuscitation manikin placed on the floor, demonstrating the following techniques on each:
–          checking for response and normal breathing
–          recognising abnormal breathing
–          opening and clearing the airway
–          using correct hand location, compression depth rate in line with the ARC recommended ratio of compressions and ventilations
–          acting in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
–          following single rescuer procedure, including the demonstration of a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions

•    activate and followed the prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator
(AED)
•    conducted a secondary survey, including checking pulse of at least one person and recording the rate
•   applied first aid procedures for the following:
–          allergic reactions, including severe reactions
–          anaphylaxis
–          asthma
–          basic wound care
–          severe bleeding and haemorrhage
–          burns
–          cardiac arrest
–          choking and airway obstruction
–          convulsions
–          environmental impacts
–          envenomation (using pressure immobilisation)
–          fractures, sprains and strains (using arm slings, roller bandages or other appropriate immobilisation techniques)
–          poisoning
–          respiratory distress
–          shock

•    provided an accurate verbal report of the incident
•    responded to at least three simulated emergency scenarios contextualised to the candidate’s remote and/or isolated situation.

Knowledge Evidence
The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

•    state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace
procedures including:
–         ARC guidelines relevant to provision of CPR and first aid
–         safe work practices to minimise risks and potential hazards
–         infection control principles and procedures, including use of standard precautions
–         requirements for currency of skill and knowledge

•     legal, workplace and community considerations including:
–         need for stress-management techniques and available support following an emergency situation
–         duty of care requirements
–         respectful behaviour towards a casualty
–         own skills and limitations
–         consent
–         privacy and confidentiality requirements
–         importance of debriefing

•     considerations when providing first aid, including:
–        airway obstruction due to body position
–        appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
–        appropriate use of an AED
–        standard precautions and infection control

•     principles and procedures for first aid management of the following scenarios, contextualised to the candidate’s remote and/or isolated situation:
–          abdominal injuries
–          allergic reactions
–          anaphylaxis
–          bleeding control
–          burns
–          cardiac conditions
–          choking and airway obstruction
–          cold and crush injuries
–          convulsions
–          diabetes
–          drowning
–          envenomation
–          hypothermia
–          hyperthermia
–          dehydration
–          heat stroke
–          epilepsy
–          eye and ear injuries
–          fractures
–          head, neck and spinal injuries
–          minor skin injuries
–          needle stick injuries
–          poisoning and toxic substances
–          respiratory distress including asthma
–          seizures
–          shock
–          soft tissue injuries
–          unconsciousness, abnormal breathing or not  breathing

•     remote considerations in the provision of first aid, including:
–          typical hazards and strategies for preparing supplies to address contingencies
–          management options relating to transporting casualty, including aero-medical evacuation
–          how to identify and prepare areas for safe evacuation, including aero-medical evacuation
–          how and when to access emergency response services
–          communication systems, equipment and methods available in remote situations
–          priorities of management in first aid when dealing with life-threatening conditions
–          specific considerations contextualised to alpine, desert, marine, rural/remote settings and tropical environments

•    basic anatomy and physiology relating to:
–          absence of normal breathing
–          anatomy of the external chest
–          physiology relating to response/consciousness
–          upper airway anatomy and effect of positional change
–          anatomy and physiology considerations in provision of first aid for specified conditions, including specific considerations for remote settings

How will I be assessed for this course?
The following assessment tasks are required for this course:
50 multiple choice & 8 short answer questions – knowledge assessment

Respond to these performance tasks:

  • Choking with airway obstruction
  • Head injury / Unconscious casualty
  • Bleeding and shock
  • Snake or funnel web spider bite
  • Sprains and fractures

Respond to these simulated emergency scenarios:

  • Perform CPR on an adult and an infant
  • Anaphylaxis (allergic reaction)
  • Breathing difficulties – Asthma
  • Hypothermia

Please note: CPR must be demonstrated on the floor for 4 minutes

Where can I access a copy of the Training Package?
You can access a copy of the training package here

Is there any latex in the manikins?
Resuscitation manikins are latex free.

Do I need to complete a Refresher or Recertification?
Recertification recommended every 3 years.

To qualify for a refresher course, you must bring a copy of your current certificate  to the training session. You will then be required to:

  • Complete the online or paper-based pre-course workbook and attend a 5.5 hour (minimum) practical course.
  • Proof of currency must be submitted to qualify for this course.

If someone is having all symptoms of Asthma but is not prescribed a puffer are they allowed to be given a puffer (Ventolin)?
Yes, anyone can use an asthma puffer, you can purchase Ventolin over the counter with no prescription. Ventolin is a very safe drug for anyone to use and the puffer treatment that is given by the ambulance in these cases is 250 times stronger than the Ventolin puffer.

Emergency Medical Response delivers nationally recognised training in partnership with, and under the auspices of, Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909.