Course Title: Provide first aid

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: OHTH5834C

Course Title: Provide first aid

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4364 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings. 

This course relates to the unit HLTAID003 Provide first aid.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAID003 Provide first aid


1.Respond to an emergency situation


Performance Criteria:

1.1 Recognise an emergency situation 

1.2 Identify, assess and manage immediate hazards to health and safety of self and others 

1.3 Assess the casualty and recognise the need for first aid response 

1.4 Assess the situation and seek assistance from emergency response services


2.Apply appropriate first aid procedures



Performance Criteria:

2.1 Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in accordance with Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines 

2.2 Provide first aid in accordance with established first aid principles 

2.3 Display respectful behaviour towards casualty 

2.4 Obtain consent from casualty where possible


3.Communicate details of the incident



Performance Criteria:

3.1 Accurately convey incident details to emergency response services 

3.2 Report details of incident to workplace supervisor as appropriate 

3.3 Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and/or organisational policies


4. Evaluate the incident and own performance


Performance Criteria:

4.1 Recognise the possible psychological impacts on self and other rescuers involved in critical incidents 

4.2 Participate in debriefing to address individual needs

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In class: Class lectures and exercises, group discussion and practical demonstrations.

Teaching Schedule

Day Content Assessment

Introduction including case overview and explanation of assessment.

Demonstrate first aid procedures for the following:
- allergic reaction
- anaphylaxis
- bleeding control
- choking airway obstruction
- envenomation, pressure immobilisation
- fractures, sprains, strains, arm slings, roller bandages
- respiratory distress, asthma
- shock

Considerations when providing first aid
Principals and procedures for first aid management of two scenarios
Basic anatomy and physiology


Followed DRSABCD in line with ARC guidelines, including:

- perform at least 2 mins of uninterrupted single rescuer Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) ( 5 cycles of compression and ventilation) on an adult manikin placed on the floor
- perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR on an infant resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface
- respond appropriately in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
- manage unconscious breathing patient
- followed single rescuer procedure, including the demonstration of a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compression
- follow the prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

  1. Practical demonstrations of skills using first aid equipment
  2. Quiz and/or knowledge questions

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: You will need to demonstrate proficiency in the use of first aid equipment and responding to a casualty

Assessment 2: Multi-choice and short answer questions

Assessment Matrix

Students will have access to a marking rubric for reference at the time that assessment tasks are distributed.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

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