Course Title: Apply first aid

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: NURS5329C

Course Title: Apply first aid

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4321 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact: Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

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

There are no pre-requisites and co-requisites for this course.

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. The first aid skills can be applied in a range of different settings including community and specific workplace settings. The students will be required to address  specific risks and hazards related to the industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTFA311A Apply first aid


Apply first aid procedures

Performance Criteria:

Adopt a communication style to match the casualty’s level of consciousness
Use available resources and equipment to make the casualty as comfortable as possible
Respond to the casualty in a culturally aware, sensitive and respectful manner
Determine and explain relevant first aid procedures to provide comfort
Seek consent from casualty prior to applying first aid management
Provide first aid management in accordance with established first aid principles and procedures
Seek first aid assistance from others in a timely manner and as appropriate
Correctly operate first aid equipment for first aid management according to manufacturer/supplier’s instructions and procedures
Use safe manual handling techniques
Monitor casualty's condition and respond in accordance with established first aid principles and procedures
Finalise casualty management according to casualty’s needs and first aid principles


Assess the situation

Performance Criteria:

Identify assess and minimise hazards in the situation that may pose a risk of injury or illness to self and others
Minimise immediate risk to self and casualty's health and safety by controlling any hazard in accordance with work health and safety requirements
Assess casualty and identify injuries, illnesses and conditions


Communicate details of the incident

Performance Criteria:

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


Evaluate own performance

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

 All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT at
A combination of activities will support student’s learning in this course, such as:

• Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course
• Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) during simulations and classroom based learning
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
• Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
• To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform
• It is strongly recommended that students partner up with fellow students in order to practice assessment, treatment and CPR techniques

Teaching Schedule

            AHA Group AH13

Attendance for ALL sessions compulsory

     DateDaySessionTopics / ActivitiesAssessments Due
14/07Tuesdaymorning1. Introduction to First Aid
2. Basic Life Support
3. Medical Emergencies
Online Quiz 1, 2 & 3 available
ALL MUST be completed by 30th July
  afternoonPractical Skills Demonstration & Practise Session
B. First Aid skills
21/07Tuesdaymorning4.Trauma Emergencies

Practical Skills Demonstration & Practise Session
B. First Aid skills

  afternoonPractical Assessments
B. First Aid Skills
Observational checklists
Assessed during session
Attendance required

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Emergency First Aid 13thEd. Author: J. Haines. Publisher: APL Healthcare 

Australian Resuscitation Council –


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Practical assessment of required skills
Simulated work environment assessment
Written test for the underpinning knowledge

Assessment Tasks


  1. Online Quizzes x 3 MUST be completed by 30/07/15  Each Quiz Requires 100% pass mark.
  2. Skills Competencies
  • 100% attendance for all practical Assessments
  • Observational checklists during Assessments
  • CPR on a Manikin/ Documentation
  • First Aid Care – Workplace based Scenarios

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

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Students are to refer to the RMIT website and orientation handouts for student information regarding requests for extension, special consideration and reasonable adjustment.

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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