HLTAID006 Provide Advanced First Aid

Information about this course:
This unit deals with the skills and knowledge required to provide an advanced first aid response, including management of the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance.

The unit applies to workers who may be required to provide, coordinate and manage a first aid response across a range of complex situations, include community and workplace settings.

Target audience:
Those who are required to manage and provide an emergency first aid response in a workplace.

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

  • HLTAID006  Provide Advanced First Aid
  • HLTAID003  Provide first aid
  • HLTAID002  Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
  • HLTAID001  Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Course Duration:
Initial Course duration:

  • Mixed mode: Completion of pre-course study plus 7 hours practical training on-site.
  • Face to Face: 12 hours face to face training on-site.

Refresher Course duration:

  • Mixed mode: Completion pre-course study plus 6.5 hours practical training on-site.
  • Face to Face: 12 hours face to face 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 8 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:

·          located and interpreted workplace policies and procedures
·          conducted a hazard assessment and identified strategies to minimise risk
·          demonstrated safe manual handling techniques
·          conducted a basic triage for a multiple casualty incident
·          assessed airway, breathing and responsiveness of casualty/casualties
·          performed eight 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
  • following two rescuer procedure, as both the ventilator and the compressor

·          activated and followed the prompts of an AED
·          conducted a secondary survey, including checking pulse of at least one person and recording pulse rate
·          applied first aid procedures for the following:

  • allergic reactions
  • anaphylaxis
  • asthma
  • basic wound care
  • burns
  • cardiac arrest
  • choking and airway obstrution
  • convulsions
  • envenomation (using pressure immobilisation)
  • epilepsy
  • eye injuries
  • fractures, sprains and strains (using arm slings, roller bandages or other appropriate immobilisation techniques)
  • head and spinal injuries
  • poisoning
  • respiratory distress
  • severe bleeding
  • shock
  • thermal injuries

·          demonstrated correct usage of the following devices:

  • cervical collars
  • spinal boards, back boards and stretchers

·          communicated effectively with a first aid team including:

  • direction and coordination of other first aiders
  • post-incident debrief and evaluation

·          provided an accurate verbal report of the incident
·          completed a written incident report
·          responded to at least three simulated emergency scenarios contextualised to the candidate’s workplace/community setting

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
  • guidelines of Australian national peak clinical bodies
  • safe work practices to deal with risks and potential hazards including manual handling, hazardous substances, dangerous goods and chemicals
  • infection control principles and procedures, including use of standard precautions based on incident
  • requirements for currency of skill and knowledge

·          legal, workplace or community considerations including:

  • awareness of potential 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
  • capabilities of emergency management services
  • 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
  • priorities of management in first aid when dealing with life-threatening conditions
  • procedures for dealing with casualties who are aged or infirmed
  • procedures for dealing with major and minor accidents in the workplace
  • procedures when providing first aid to children

·          principles and procedures for first aid management of the following scenarios, including complications:

  • abdominal injuries
  • altered and loss of consciousness
  • bleeding control
  • burns – thermal, chemical, friction and electrical
  • cardiac arrest
  • chest pain
  • choking and airway obstruction
  • cold and crush injuries
  • convulsions
  • drowning
  • emergency childbirth
  • envenomation
  • environmental impact including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration and heat stroke
  • eye and ear injuries
  • head, neck and spinal injuries
  • medical conditions, including cardiac conditions, epilepsy, diabetes
  • needle stick injuries
  • poisoning and toxic substances
  • respiratory distress, including asthma
  • seizures
  • severe allergic and anaphylactic reactions
  • shock
  • skin injuries
  • soft tissue injuries including sprains, strains, dislocations, fractures
  • stroke
  • substance misuse – common drugs and alcohol, including illicit drugs
  • unconsciousness, abnormal breathing or not breathing

·          basic anatomy and physiology relating to:

  • absence of normal breathing
  • anatomy of the external chest
  • basic anatomy including skeleton, joints and muscles
  • 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.

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

Respond to these performance tasks:

  • Choking with airway obstruction
  • Head injury / Unconscious breathing casualty
  • Bleeding and shock
  • Snake or funnel web spider bite
  • Sprains and fractures
  • Seizures and epilepsy including febrile convulsions
  • Basic triage for multiple casualty & accident in the workplace

Respond to these simulated emergency scenarios:

  • Resuscitate an adult and an infant
  • Anaphylaxis (allergic reaction)
  • Breathing difficulties – Asthma
  • Verbal disscussion and incident report

Please note: CPR must be demonstrated on the floor for 8 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 6.5 hour 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.