HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
Information about this unit:
This unit of competency 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.
Specific licensing requirements relating to this competency, including requirements for refresher training, should be obtained from the relevant state/territory Work Health and Safety Regulatory Authority.
Those who are required to provide an emergency first aid response in a workplace.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
- HLTAID003 Provide first aid
- HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- HLTFA311A Apply first aid
Initial Course duration:
In January 2016, WorkCover NSW accepted an 'enforceable undertaking' under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act). This required the company in breach of the WHS Act to train its staff in First Aid via the following delivery methods:
Mixed Mode: Completion of pre-course study plus 5.5 hours practical training
Face to Face: Minimum of 8 hours face to face training
A copy of the enforceable undertaking can be found on the WorkCover NSW website.
Refresher Course duration:
Mixed Mode: Completion pre-course study and practical training
Face to Face: 8 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.
It is a requirement of this course that you are physically capable of performing uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on a CPR manikin placed on the floor.
It is recommended this unit be renewed every 3 years in line with industry standards
Pre course study options:
There are a few different options for completing your pre-course study.
We recommend our First Aid News Video as it is the most convenient option.
Other options include
- Online training
- Hard copy coloured workbook
The pre course study includes a short self assessment knowledge quiz. You must take the completed paper with you to the training course.
Related Course Documentation
What should I look for when choosing a training provider?
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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?
The Australian Skills and Qualification Authority (ASQA) requires that students be aware of their rights and responsibilities once they have selected their training provider. By enrolling into any of our courses you are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions outlined in our Student Agreement .
All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.
(HLTAID003) What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?
Thecandidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role.
There must be evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks in line with state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines and workplace procedures:
- Followed DRSABCD in line with ARC guidelines, including:
- performed at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (5 cycles of both compressions and ventilations) on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor
- performed at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR (5 cycles both compressions and ventilations) on an infant resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface
- responded appropriately in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
- managed the unconscious breathing casualty
- followed single rescue procedure, including the demonstration of a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions
- followed the prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
- Responded to at least two simulated first aid scenarios contextualised to the candidate’s workplace/community setting, including:
- conducted a visual and verbal assessment of the casualty
- demonstrated safe manual handling techniques
- post-incident debrief and evaluation
- provided an accurate verbal or written report of the incident
- Applied first aid procedures for the following:
- allergic reaction
- bleeding control
- choking and airway obstruction
- envenomation, using pressure immobilisation
- fractures, sprains and strains, using arm slings, roller bandages or other appropriate immobilisation techniques
- respiratory distress, including asthma
The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:
- state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace procedures including:
- ARC Guidelines relevant to provision of CPR and first aid
- safe work practices to minimise risks and potential hazards
- infection control principles and procedures, including use of standard precautions
- requirements for currency of skill and knowledge
- legal, workplace and community considerations including:
- need for stress-management techniques and available support following an emergency situation
- duty of care requirements
- respectful behaviour towards a casualty
- own skills and limitations
- privacy and confidentiality requirements
- importance of debriefing
- considerations when providing first aid including:
- airway obstruction due to body position
- appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
- appropriate use of an AED
- standard precautions and infection control
- principles and procedures for first aid management of the following scenarios:
- abdominal injuries
- allergic reactions
- bleeding control
- cardiac conditions
- choking and airway obstruction
- cold and crush injuries
- environmental impact (including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration and heat stroke)
- eye and ear injuries
- head, neck and spinal injuries
- minor skin injuries
- needle stick injuries
- poisoning and toxic substances
- respiratory distress, including asthma and other respiratory conditions
- severe allergic and anaphylactic reactions
- soft tissue injuries
- unconsciousness, abnormal breathing or not breathing
- basic anatomy and physiology relating to:
- absence of normal breathing
- anatomy of the external chest
- physiology relating to response/consciousness
- upper airway anatomy and effect of positional change
- anatomy and physiology considerations in provision of first aid for specified conditions
(HLTAID003) 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
- Performance Tasks
- Simulated Practical Scenarios
Please note: CPR must be demonstrated on the floor for 2 minutes
(HLTAID003) Where can I access a copy of the training package?
You can access the training package here
Is there any latex in the manikins?
Resuscitation manikins are latex free.
If someone is having all symptoms of Asthma but is not prescribed a puffer are they allowed to be given a puffer (Ventolin)?
Yes, anyone can use an asthma puffer, you can purchase Ventolin over the counter with no prescription. Ventolin is a very safe drug for anyone to use and the puffer treatment that is given by the ambulance in these cases is 250 times stronger than the Ventolin puffer.