Course Title: Apply first aid

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5206 Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Title: Apply first aid

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term2 2011

Course Contact: Mark Doherty

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1407

Course Contact Email:

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

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites or co-requisites for this competency unit
This unit incorporates the content of units:
• HLTCPR201A Perform CPR
• HLTFA201A Provide basic emergency life support

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTFA301B Apply first aid


1. Assess the situation

2. Apply first aid procedures

3. Communicate details of the incident

4. Evaluate own performance

Learning Outcomes

1.1 Identify assess and minimise hazards in the situation that may pose a risk of injury or illness to self and others
1.2 Minimise immediate risk to self and casualty’s health and safety by controlling any hazard in accordance with occupational health and safety requirements
1.3 Assess casualty and identify injuries, illnesses and conditions
2.1 Calmly provide information to reassure casualty, adopting a communication style to match the casualty’s level of consciousness
2.2 Use available resources and equipment to make the casualty as comfortable as possible
2.3 Respond to the casualty in a culturally aware, sensitive and respectful manner
2.4 Determine and explain the nature of casualty’s injury/ condition and relevant first aid procedures to provide comfort
2.5 Seek consent from casualty prior to applying first aid management
2.6 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
2.7 Seek first aid assistance from others in a timely manner and as appropriate
2.8 Correctly operate first aid equipment as required for first aid management according to manufacturer/supplier’s instructions and local policies and/or procedures
2.9 Use safe manual handling techniques as required
2.10 Monitor casualty’s condition and respond in accordance with effective first aid principles and procedures
2.11 Finalise casualty management according to casualty’s needs and first aid principles
3.1 Request ambulance support and/or appropriate medical assistance according to relevant circumstances using relevant communication media and equipment
3.2 Accurately convey assessment of casualty’s condition and management activities to ambulance services /other emergency services / relieving personnel
3.3 Prepare reports as appropriate in a timely manner, presenting all relevant facts according to established procedures
3.4 Accurately record details of casualty’s physical condition, changes in conditions, management and response to management in line with established procedures
3.5 Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with privacy principles and statutory and/or organisation policies
4.1 Seek feedback from appropriate clinical expert
4.2 Recognise the possible psychological impacts on rescuers of involvement in critical incidents
4.3 Participate in debriefing/evaluation as appropriate to improve future response and address individual needs

Overview of Assessment

A multi choice assessment theory paper will be completed.

 Followed by a practical demonstration of competency in the application of the Basic Life Support Flow Chart.
The student is required to successfully complete the multi choice assessment before they will be eligible to participate in the practical first aid class.
The practical assessment includes demonstration of CPR on a manikin; demonstration of assessment principles and first aid care on a fellow student. These assessments are workplace based scenarios.