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PUAEME004A Provide emergency care for suspected spinal injury

Information about the course:

This unit covers the competency required to minimise further injury to a casualty when applying first aid and waiting for emergency medical aid. The application of this unit in the workplace covers recognition and management of suspected spinal injuries.

The unit is typically relevant for personnel from emergency services and/or volunteer organisations or organisations which provide a first aid service in an environment where there is a risk of spinal injuries.

This unit of competency is classified as current as per the information provided for this unit at

Target audience:

Those who are required to provide an emergency first aid response in a workplace in an industry with high risk for spinal injury.

Course Requirements:

This course required the following prerequisites:

  • HLTFA311A Apply first aid or
  • HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support (or equivalent)  **copy must be provided at time of enrolment

There are no entry, work-placement, licencing or certification requirements for this course.

Students are not required to bring any materials or equipment with them to the course.

Award Issued: 

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment for: 

  • PUAEME004A Provide Emergency Care For Suspected Spinal Injury

Course duration:

  • Full course: 5 hours face-to-face training
  • Refresher course: 2.5 hours face-to-face training

Important information regarding course durations:

Course durations, as mentioned above, are reflective of group sizes of between 4 and 15 participants. If there are less students in a group, you may find course duration reduced by a maximum of 10%. If a class size exceeds 15 participants it may therefore also be necessary to increase course duration depending on the number of participants.

Pre course study options:

There are no pre course study requirements for this course.

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A copy of the Student Agreement should be read before enrolling in this course.

What are my rights and responsibilties as a student?

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All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.

PUAEME004A Provide Emergency Care For Suspected Spinal Injury - What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?

Required skills:

  • assess casualty
  • communicate effectively with casualty to provide reassurance
  • use safe manual handling skills

 Required knowledge:

  • common causes of spinal injuries relevant to the work environment
  • risks associated with moving a casualty with a suspected spinal injury
  • safe manual handling techniques
  • signs and symptoms of suspected spinal injury
  • techniques for manual stabilisation
  • types of spinal immobilisation equipment available


How will I be assessed for this course?

The following assessment tasks are required for this course:

  • Theory Questions consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Simulated Practical Scenarios



Where can I access a copy of the training package?

 You can access the training package here

PUAEME004A Provide Emergency Care For Suspected Spinal Injury - Do I need to complete a Refresher or Recertification?

Recertification recommended every 3 years.

To qualify for a refresher course, you must bring a copy of your current certificate  to the training session. You will then be required to:

  • Complete 2.5 hour practical course. 

  • Proof of currency must be submitted to qualify for this course.

Is there any latex in the manikins?

Resuscitation manikins are latex free.

How can I contact my trainer?

You can contact a trainer in your area for this course in our First Aid Trainer Directory.

What are the Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirements for this course?

 In order to meet competency for this unit, you will be required to meet the LLN requirements of the Training Package. You can find more information regarding our LLN support services here