Provide advanced first aid

  • $299*
  •   Accredited
  •   2 days
  • Workplace


This course covers more advanced first aid topics, and will teach you how to manage an incident and other first aiders until medical assistance arrives.

Who this course is recommended for:
• First aiders in medium to high risk organisations.

St John Ambulance recommends that you refresh your first aid training every 12 months. This is also in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines that state CPR skills should be refreshed annually.

Course Duration: 2 days


This course covers the following:


  • State/Territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace procedures including:
  • ARC guidelines relevant to provision of CPR and first aid;
  • Guidelines of Australian national peak clinical bodies;
  • Safe work practices to deal with risks and potential hazards including manual handling, hazardous substances, dangerous goods and chemicals;
  • Infection control principles and procedures, including use of standard precautions; and
  • Requirements for currency of skill and knowledge.
  • Legal, workplace and community considerations including:
  • Awareness of potential need for stress-management techniques and available support following an emergency situation;
  • Capabilities of emergency management services;
  • Consent;
  • Duty of care requirements;
  • Importance of debriefing;
  • Own skills and limitations;
  • Legal requirements of administration of medication and the rights and responsibilities of the First Aider in the workplace regarding medication;
  • Privacy and confidentiality requirements; and
  • Respectful behaviour towards a casualty.
  • Considerations when providing first aid including:
  • Airway obstruction due to body position;
  • Appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
  • Appropriate use of an AED;
  • Assessment and interpretation of vital signs, including respirations, temperature and pulse;
  • Chain of survival;
  • How to conduct a visual and verbal secondary survey assessment of casualty;
  • Priorities of management in first aid when dealing with life-threatening conditions;
  • Procedures for dealing with casualties who are aged or infirmed;
  • Procedures for dealing with major and minor accidents in the workplace;
  • Procedures when providing first aid to children; and
  • Standard precautions.
  • Principles and procedures for first aid management of the following scenarios, including complications:
  • Abdominal injuries;
  • Allergic reaction;
  • Anaphylaxis;
  • Basic care of a wound;
  • Bleeding control;
  • Burns, including thermal, chemical, friction and electrical;
  • Cardiac conditions, including chest pain;
  • Choking and airway obstruction;
  • Crush injuries;
  • Diabetes;
  • Drowning;
  • Emergency childbirth;
  • Envenomation;
  • Environmental impact including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration and heat stroke;
  • Eye and ear injuries;
  • Febrile convulsions;
  • Head, neck and spinal injuries;
  • Levels of consciousness;
  • Needle stick injuries;
  • Poisoning and toxic substances;
  • Respiratory distress, including asthma;
  • Seizures, including epilepsy;
  • Shock;
  • Skin injuries;
  • Soft tissue musculoskeletal, including injuries including sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures;
  • Stroke; and
  • Substance misuse, including common drugs and alcohol, including illicit drugs.
  • Basic anatomy and physiology relating to:
  • How to recognise a person is not breathing normally;
  • Chest, skeleton, joints and muscles;
  • Response/level of consciousness;
  • Upper airway and effect of positional change; and
  • Considerations in provision of first aid for specified conditions.

Performance Criteria:

  • Respond to an emergency situation;
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures;
  • Coordinate first aid activities until arrival of medical assistance;
  • Communicate details of the incident;
  • Evaluate the incident and own performance;
  • Follow DRSABCD in line with ARC guidelines, including:
  • Perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR (5 cycles of both compressions and ventilations) on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor;
  • Perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR (5 cycles of both compressions and ventilations) on an infant resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface; 
  • Perform at least 2 minutes of bag-valve-mask ventilation and at least 2 minutes of compression during a two rescuer procedure on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor;
  • Respond appropriately in the event of regurgitation or vomiting;
  • Manage the unconscious breathing casualty;
  • Follow the prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED); and
  • Follow single rescue procedure, including the demonstration of a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions.
  • Respond to at least three simulated first aid scenarios contextualised to the candidate’s workplace/community setting, including: 
  • Demonstrate safe manual handling techniques;
  • Conduct a visual and verbal secondary survey assessment of the casualty;
  • Assess vital signs (respirations, pulse and temperature);
  • Communicate effectively with a first aid team providing direction and coordination of other first aiders;
  • Post-incident debrief and evaluation; and
  • Provided an accurate verbal and written report of the incident.
  • Apply first aid procedures for the following:
  • Allergic reaction;
  • Anaphylaxis;
  • Bleeding control;
  • Choking and airway obstruction;
  • Conduct a basic triage for multiple casualty incident; 
  • Envenomation (using pressure immobilisation);
  • Fractures, sprains and strains (using arm slings, roller bandages or other appropriate immobilisation principles);
  • Head, neck and spinal injuries (using immobilisation principles);
  • Respiratory distress - including asthma;
  • Seizures - including epilepsy;
  • Shock; and
  • Locate and interpret workplace policies and procedures.


Completion of online pre-learning is required prior to arrival at the face-to-face session in class.


There are no pre-requisites associated with HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid. 

Unit(s) of Competency

There are no formal qualifications associated with this course.

Extra Information

This course supersedes HLTFA412A Apply advanced first aid.

This course also encompasses the following units of competency:

  • HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
  • HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support; and
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid.

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