Course Title: Provide first aid

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2021

Course Code: OHTH5834C

Course Title: Provide first aid

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4364 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 18

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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

2.5 Use available resources and equipment to make the casualty as comfortable as possible

2.6 Operate first aid equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions

2.7 Monitor the casualty’s condition and respond in accordance with first aid principles


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

There are two classes of theory and 1 class of practical demonstration

Teaching Schedule

Week 1:

  • Introduction
  • Emergency and legal/consent/incident reporting
  • Care of unconscious breathing person
  • CPR and defibrillation
  • Secondary survey
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma/choking

Week 2:

  • Bleeding and shock
  • Head injuries/burns and other injuries
  • Musculoskeletal - fractures, sprains, strains, dislocation
  • Envenomation
  • Medical conditions 1
  • Medical conditions 2

Week 3:

Practical Demonstration

  • Activity 1: Unconscious breathing person - completion of incident report Appendix 1
  • Activity 2: Management of closed fracture - completion of incident report and template Appendix 2
  • Activity 3: 2 mins CPR on adult
  • Activity 4: 2 mins CPR on baby
  • Activity 5: Epipen administration, asthma via spacer, back blows and chest thrusts for chocking, bandaging, application of tourniquet, pressure immobilisation technique
  • Activity 6: Self assessment and debrief

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:
The learning Lab
The Study Support Hub
English for uni workshops

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Knowledge questions

Assessment Task 2: Practical demonstration

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix is located in canvas at the end of each assessment task.

Other Information

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