First Aid

This is course is now called “Apply First Aid” course which requires you to receive a workbook and attend for a single day to complete practical training and assessment of your workbook. This means that you need to allow time to receive your workbook which will be posted to you. Courses are held through associates in both Narellan (3rd Saturday of each month) and Penrith (1st Saturday of each month). Ring the office 4655 5488 and we will direct you to the appropriate trainer.

It is VETAB accredited and covers the outcomes required to recognise and respond to an emergency using basic life support measures. You will receive training

from a fully qualified first aid instructor, experienced in practical demonstration, and participate in using splints, bandages and resuscitation manikins.On

successful completion of the course each student will receive a certificate, wallet sized card and accreditation for 3 years.

On completion of the course you will have a working knowledge of :

  • basic principles and concepts underlying the practice of first aid
  • procedures for dealing with major and minor injury and illness
  • priorities of management in first aid when dealing with life threatening conditions
  • basic occupational health and safety requirements in the provision of first aid
  • infection control principles and procedures, including use of standard precautions
  • chain of survival
  • First Aiders’ skills and limitations

And know how to manage :

  • abdominal injuries
  • allergic reactions
  • altered and loss of consciousness
  • bleeding
  • burns – thermal, chemical, friction, electrical
  • cardiac arrest
  • casualty with no signs of life
  • chest pain
  • choking/airway obstruction
  • CPR -how to perform
  • injuries: cold and crush injuries; eye and ear injuries; head, neck and spinal injuries; minor skin injuries; needle stick injuries; soft tissue injuries including sprains, strains, dislocations
  • bites – snake, spider, insect and marine
  • environmental impact such as hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, heat stroke
  • fractures
  • medical conditions, including cardiac conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, asthma and other respiratory conditions
  • near drowning
  • poisoning and toxic substances (including chemical contamination)
  • respiratory distress
  • seizures
  • shock
  • stroke
  • substance misuse – common drugs and alcohol, including illicit drugs
  • Awareness of stress management techniques and available support

Be aware of social and legal issues:

  • duty of care
  • need to be culturally aware, sensitive and respectful
  • importance of debriefing
  • confidentiality
  • own skills and limitations