Course Title: Provide basic emergency life support

Part A: Course Overview

Program: S0008

Course Title: Provide basic emergency life support

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 8.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng


Course Contact: Susan Russell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254637

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond to life threatening emergencies using basic life support measures only.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not Applicable.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTFA201A Provide basic emergency life support


Apply identified first aid procedures.

Communicate details of the incident.

Evaluate own performance.

Respond in an emergency situation.

Learning Outcomes

The learner will have acquired the essential knowledge and skills  to effectively do the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role; This includes knowledge of:  Awareness of stress management techniques and available support, basic anatomy and physiology relating to: absence of signs of life: unconscious, unresponsive, not moving, not breathing normally, choking/airway obstruction, severe bleeding, shock, chain of survival, duty of care requirements, first aid procedures for: airway management, bleeding control, care of unconscious, casualty with no signs of life, chest pain,  infection control as it relates to standard precautions, respiratory distress, including asthma,  severe allergic reaction, shock, How to access emergency response support services/personnel,  Need to be culturally aware, sensitive and respectful, Own skills and limitations, Privacy and confidentiality requirements, Relevant workplace hazards, State/territory regulations, legislation and policies, ARC Guidelines and accepted industry practise relating to currency of skill and knowledge and to have an understanding of the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), including when to use and when not to.

In addition the learner shall be able to effectively demonstrate their ability to perform the criteria outlined in this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role; This includes the ability to: Assess vital signs and responses of casual Call an ambulance and/or medical assistance, according to circumstances and report casualty’s condition, Demonstrate first aid casualty management principles: assess and minimise danger ,check for response, maintain casualty’s airway, breathing and circulation, Demonstrate: consideration of the welfare of the casualty ,correct procedures for CPR on a resuscitation manikin ,implementation of standard precautions, safe manual handling of casualty, identify and minimise hazards to health and safety of self and others in the immediate workplace or community environment ,Plan an appropriate first aid response in line with established first aid principles, policies and procedures, ARC Guidelines and/or state/territory regulations, legislation and policies and industry requirements and respond appropriately to contingencies in line with own level of skills and knowledge Report details of emergency incident and first aid provided.

Overview of Assessment

Learner will be assessed by the competence demonstrated working individually and, where appropriate, as part of a first aid team. Consistency of performance shall be demonstrated over the required range of situations relevant to the workplace or community setting. For assessment purposes, demonstration of skills in CPR procedures requires using a model of the human body (resuscitation manikin) in line with Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines.