Successful completion of this course will provide participants with the skills and knowledge and most importantly, confidence, to provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting to any infant, child or adult suffering a sudden illness or injury, such as asthma or anaphylaxis. This includes the skills to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, and promote recovery. It includes initial intervention in a casualty with a serious condition until the arrival of medical assistance, such as performing CPR while awaiting an ambulance, as well as the complete treatment of other less serious conditions, such as applying water for burns or assisting someone choking.
Participants will go further into the knowledge and skills to develop an asthma management plan and provide asthma-related first aid interventions in the workplace.
This course has been developed for educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. It is delivered in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines.
During training, you will gain the confidence and ability to recognise an emergency situation, identify hazards and make them safer, and provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults.
You will also learn the importance of recognising the possible psychological impacts on self, other rescuers and children, talking with children about their emotions and responses to events and participating in debriefing with your supervisor.
The following units will be included in your certificate:
Meet the demands of the practical demonstration skills including CPR (In order to issue an accredited certificate CPR must be performed on the floor with no exemptions).
Participants must have the physical fitness to be able to meet the demands of the practical demonstration such as positioning a casualty ready to administer an autoinjector and administering the autoinjector and for administering asthma medication.
It is recommended that students will be best equipped to successfully undertake the training if they have language, literacy and oral communication skills that align to Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).
Pre-course study: Students may be required to undertake online pre-course work prior to attending the face to face session depending on the course delivery mode.
Online study: Students must have access to a computer, smartphone, tablet or other electronic device with access to the internet to complete the online/ pre-course studies.
Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.
Performance tasks and scenarios:
- Perform CPR on an infant
- Perform CPR on a child (incl. the use of an AED)
- Perform CPR on an adult (incl. the use of an AED)
- Administer asthma medication (with a spacer) using a personal asthma action plan
- Administer asthma medication without a spacer
- Administer the adrenaline autoinjector for anaphylaxis
- First aid for allergic reaction and anaphylaxis
- Choking with airway obstruction
- Head injury / Unconscious breathing casualty
- Bleeding and shock
- Snake or funnel-web spider bite
- Sprains and fractures
- Seizures and epilepsy, including febrile convulsions
- Poisoning and toxic substances
Documentation - The student must complete the following to the appropriate standard:
- First aid/Incident report form
- Complete a risk assessment for asthma and anaphylaxis and an individual management plan for a child with asthma and anaphylaxis based on a case study and information provided
- Individual asthma and anaphylaxis management plan for a child, which includes a communication plan to raise awareness of the child’s allergies, triggers and their management plan
Theory assessment - A written assessment consisting of short-answer and multiple-choice questions. The student must complete all assessment questions.