Course Title: Apply first aid

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: NURS5115C

Course Title: Apply first aid

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4215 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact: Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Georges Ah-Tye

Nominal Hours: 18

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites and co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

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. The first aid skills can be applied in a range of different settings including community and specific workplace settings. The students will be required to address physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology requirements and address specific risks and hazards related to that industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTFA301B Apply first aid


1. Assess the situation

Performance Criteria:

Identify assess and minimise hazards in the situation that may pose a risk of injury or illness to self and others
Minimise immediate risk to self and casualty's health and safety by controlling any hazard in accordance with occupational health and safety requirements
Assess casualty and identify injuries, illnesses and conditions


2. Apply first aid procedures

Performance Criteria:

Calmly provide information to reassure casualty, adopting a communication style to match the casualty’s level of consciousness
Use available resources and equipment to make the casualty as comfortable as possible
Respond to the casualty in a culturally aware, sensitive and respectful manner
Determine and explain the nature of casualty’s injury/condition and relevant first aid procedures to provide comfort
Seek consent from casualty prior to applying first aid management
Provide first aid management in accordance with established first aid principles and Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines and/or State/Territory regulations, legislation and policies and industry requirements
Seek first aid assistance from others in a timely manner and as appropriate
Correctly operate first aid equipment as required for first aid management according to manufacturer/supplier’s instructions and local policies and/or procedures
Use safe manual handling techniques as required
Monitor casualty's condition and respond in accordance with effective first aid principles and procedures
Finalise casualty management according to casualty’s needs and first aid principles


3. Communicate details of the incident

Performance Criteria:

Request ambulance support and/or appropriate medical assistance according to relevant circumstances using relevant communication media and equipment
Accurately convey assessment of casualty’s condition and management activities to ambulance services /other emergency services/relieving personnel
Prepare reports as appropriate in a timely manner, presenting all relevant facts according to established procedures
Accurately record details of casualty’s physical condition, changes in conditions, management and response to management in line with established procedures
Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with privacy principles and statutory and/or organisation policies


4. Evaluate own performance

Performance Criteria:

Seek feedback from appropriate clinical expert
Recognise the possible psychological impacts on rescuers of involvement in critical incidents
Participate in debriefing/evaluation as appropriate to improve future response and address individual needs

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities will include-

  • Collaborative class room teaching
  • Role plays and case studies
  • Accessing information online
  • In class practical demonstrations and practice

Teaching Schedule

There will be face to face teaching and practical work on 23/06/11 and 30/06/11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.( with a lunch break). The students will be completing the underpinning knowledge, practical work and assessment for this course during this time. The attendance is compulsory for both days to achieve a competency in this course. You will be notified of any change in the schedule through student email.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Haines J. 2007. Emergency First Aid. 9th ed Australian First Aid.


Online learning materials can be accessed using RMIT Online Learning Hub. The online learning materials listed under each topic include-
- Course outline
- Lecture notes/resources
- Assessment guidelines
-Assessment schedules

Other Resources

Further online learning materials are available and include-

* Articles of interest available in the Library
* First aid videos from Library
* Useful external links
* Learning lab

Overview of Assessment

Practical assessment of required skills
Observation in the work place 
Written test for the underpinning knowledge

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks for this course will test the students for their underpinning knowledge and the practical demonstration of the skills gained. The assessment will be in the form of-

  • In class practical demonstration
  • Preparation of Incident report
  • First aid treatment report
  • Written assignment

Assessment Matrix

Course Overview: Access Course Overview