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HLTAID005 Provide first aid in remote situations

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Information about the course:

This unit of competency deals with the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response and emergency life support to a casualty in a remote and/or isolated situation.

The unit applies to workers who may be required to prepare for and provide a first aid response in locations beyond the reach of timely medical assistance.

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

Target audience:

This unit applies to workers who may be required to prepare for and provide a first aid response in locations beyond the reach of timely medical assistance.

Course Requirements:

There are no prerequisite, 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.

Assessment Requirements:

It is a Training Package requirement of this course that you are physically capable of performing uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on a CPR adult manikin placed on the floor and on a CPR baby manikin placed on a firm surface.

Award issued:

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment for: 
  • HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • HLTAID005 Provide first aid in remote situations 

Recertification Requirements:

It is recommended this unit be renewed every 3 years in line with industry standards.

Course duration:

  • Full course: 10 hours face to face training
  • Full course: pre-course study plus 6.5 hours practical training
  • Refresher course: Completion pre-course study plus 5.5 hours practical 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 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
  • Ebook
  • Online training
  • Hard copy coloured workbook
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The pre course study includes multi choice questions. You must take the completed paper, or the online completion print out, with you to the training course.

Pre course study will reduce the amount of face to face training

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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.

(HLTAID005) What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?

Performance Evidence

The candidate 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 demonstrated evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks at least once in line with state/territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines and workplace procedures:

•     prepared a contingency plan in relation to providing a first aid response in
     a  remote situation

•    conducted a hazard assessment and identified strategies to minimise risk

•    demonstrated safe manual handling techniques

•    assessed airway, breathing and responsiveness of casualty

•     performed at least four minutes of uninterrupted CPR on both an adult   
      and an infant resuscitation manikin placed on the floor, demonstrating the
      following techniques on each:
-          checking for response and normal breathing
-          recognising abnormal breathing
-          opening and clearing the airway
-          using correct hand location, compression depth rate in line with the
           ARC recommended ratio of compressions and ventilations
-          acting in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
-          following single rescuer procedure, including the demonstration of a
            rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions

•     activated and followed the prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator

•     conducted a secondary survey, including checking pulse of at least one
     person and recording the rate

•    applied first aid procedures for the following:
-          allergic reactions, including severe reactions
-          anaphylaxis
-          asthma
-          basic wound care
-          severe bleeding and haemorrhage
-          burns
-          cardiac arrest
-          choking and airway obstruction
-          convulsions
-          environmental impacts
-          envenomation (using pressure immobilisation)
-          fractures, sprains and strains (using arm slings, roller bandages
          or other appropriate immobilisation techniques)
-          poisoning
-          respiratory distress
-          shock

•     provided an accurate verbal report of the incident

•     responded to at least three simulated emergency scenarios 
     contextualised to the candidate's remote and/or isolated situation


Knowledge Evidence

The canidate 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
-         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
-         consent
-         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, contextualised to the candidate’s remote and/or isolated 
-          abdominal injuries
-          allergic reactions
-          anaphylaxis
-          bleeding control
-          burns
-          cardiac conditions
-          choking and airway obstruction
-          cold and crush injuries
-          convulsions
-          diabetes
-          drowning
-          envenomation
-          hypothermia
-          hyperthermia
-          dehydration
-          heat stroke
-          epilepsy
-          eye and ear injuries
-          fractures
-          head, neck and spinal injuries
-          minor skin injuries
-          needle stick injuries
-          poisoning and toxic substances
-          respiratory distress including asthma
-          seizures
-          shock
-          soft tissue injuries
-          unconsciousness, abnormal breathing or not  breathing

•     remote considerations in the provision of first aid, including:
-          typical hazards and strategies for preparing supplies to address
-          management options relating to transporting casualty, including
           aero-medical evacuation
-          how to identify and prepare areas for safe evacuation, including
           aero-medical evacuation
-          how and when to access emergency response services
-          communication systems, equipment and methods available in remote
-          priorities of management in first aid when dealing with life-threatening
-          specific considerations contextualised to alpine, desert, marine, 
            rural/remote settings and tropical environments

•    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, including specific considerations for remote 




(HLTAID005) 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

Overall assessment duration: 6.5 hours

(HLTAID005) Where can I access a copy of the training package?

You can access a copy of the training package here

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