Course Title: Apply first aid

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5727C

Course Title: Apply first aid

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5312 - Diploma of Dental Technology

Course Contact: Mark Doherty

Course Contact Phone: 9341 1407

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Contact:     Erica O’Donoghue

Phone:       9925 7573


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 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

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTFA311A Apply first aid


1. Assess the situation

Performance Criteria:

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 work health and safety requirements
1.3 Assess casualty and identify injuries, illnesses
and conditions


2. Apply first aid procedures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Adopt 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 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 procedures
2.7 Seek first aid assistance from others in a timely
manner and as appropriate
2.8 Correctly operate first aid equipment for first aid
management according to manufacturer/supplier’s
instructions and procedures
2.9 Use safe manual handling techniques
2.10 Monitor casualty's condition and respond in
accordance with established first aid principles and
2.11 Finalise casualty management according to
casualty’s needs and first aid principles


3. Communicate details of the incident

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Request ambulance support and/or appropriate
medical assistance according to relevant circumstance
3.2 Accurately convey observation of casualty’s
condition and management activities to ambulance
services / relieving personnel                                                                                                                                    3.3 Accurately assess and report details of casualty’s
physical condition, changes in conditions, management
and response to management in line with established
3.4 Maintain confidentiality of records and
information in line with privacy principles and statutory
and/or organisation policies


4. Evaluate own performance

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students should be able to:

• Assess the situation
• Apply first aid procedures
• Communicate details of the incident
• Evaluate own performance

Details of Learning Activities

Class time

Power Points

On line quiz

Group Work

Teaching Schedule

Introduction to First Aid
Basic Life Support
Medical Emergencies
Online Quiz 1 & 2 available
Trauma Emergencies
Online Quiz 3 available on Blackboard – ALL MUST be completed prior to Practical Assessments 25/2/15.
Lab 1 Practical Skills Demonstration & Practise Session
B. First Aid skills

Lab 2 Practical Assessments
B. First Aid skills Assessment
Observational checklists
Assessed during session
Attendance required
Lab 3
Practical Assessments
B. First Aid skills Assessment
Observational checklists
Assessed during session
Attendance required
Lab 4 Practical Assessments
B. First Aid Skills Assessment
Observational checklists
Assessed during session
Attendance required
Lab 5 Practical Assessments
B. First Aid skills
Observational checklists
Assessed during session
Attendance required

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Haines, J Emergency First Aid 14thEd. Publisher: APL Healthcare

Other Resources

Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines
Apply First Aid class power point notes Online via RMIT Blackboard (students require frequent access to computers, internet and printing facilities)

Overview of Assessment

Underpinning knowedge for this competency will be assessed via the following methods:

  • Practical Assessment
  • Written examination / Assessment

Assessment Tasks

1. Online Quizzes x 3 MUST be completed prior to Practical Assessments on 25/2/15.
Each Quiz Requires 100% pass mark.
2. Skills Competencies and Clinical Placement
100% attendance for all practical Assessments
Observational checklists during Assessments
• CPR on a Manikin/ Documentation
• First Aid Care – Workplace based Scenarios

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Various assessment tools will be used during the delivery of this unit and clinical placements. Each assessment must be graded as competent for an overall competency grade for this unit.

Students are to refer to the RMIT website and orientation handouts for student information regarding requests for extension, special consideration and reasonable adjustment. Students are to be familiar with all assessment process listed below.
The following links contain information such as how/when to apply, the right type of application, documentation to complete, timeframes and other process requirements;
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Special consideration
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Also refer to Support Services at;ID=jas1bocqq6h9 for additional information or assistance. Remember that assistance is also available by keeping in contact with the unit teacher and/or program coordinator including notifying them of any issues or problems as early as possible. This is especially the case as soon as the ability to complete an assessment by the due date/s are not possible due to factors beyond control.
It is important to note that the submission of applications for requests for extension, special consideration and/or reasonable adjustment does NOT lead to being automatically granted. Some timeframes limit acceptance of applications eg. special considerations MUST be lodged prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time and/or assessment due date.
Student Competency CHANGE
In the event of the student achieving a NYC (Not Yet Competent) result in an assessment item, the student MAY be given ONE (1) opportunity to resubmit the assessment. However, resubmission opportunities are granted at the discretion of the Program Coordinator. In the event of the student achieving a second NYC (Not Yet Competent) result, the student will be graded as NYC for the assessment item and will be deemed NYC for the unit of competency. Re-enrolment incurring fees, a possible return to class work and completion of any assessment tasks relevant at the time of the re-enrolment would be required to complete the unit of competency.
RMIT University requires that you present only YOUR work for assessment. Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own. Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. It is also a disciplinary offence to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. When you submit work on blackboard under your logon, you are declaring that the work is your own and not plagiarised. Further information can be found at;ID=kkc202lwe1yv


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