Unit of competency details

HLTFA301B - Apply first aid (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by HLTFA301C - Apply first aid 24/Mar/2011

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 18/Jul/2008

Training packages that include this unit

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 069907 First Aid  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 069907 First Aid  03/Dec/2007 
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Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response, life support, management of casualty(s), the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance

Application of the Unit

These skills and knowledge may be applied in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings

Training Package users should ensure implementation is consistent with any specific workplace and/or relevant legislative requirements in relation to first aid, including State/Territory requirements for currency

Application of these skills and knowledge should be contextualised as required to address specific industry, enterprise or workplace requirements and to address specific risks and hazards and associated injuries

A current Senior First Aid, Workplace Level 2 or Level 2 qualification may provide evidence of skills and knowledge required by this competency unit. However, as with all evidence of competence, evidence must be assessed against the requirements specified in the competency unit

Licensing/Regulatory Information


Employability Skills Information

The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of Employability Skills

The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit of competency is packaged will assist in identifying Employability Skill requirements

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements define the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

The Performance Criteria specify the level of performance required to demonstrate achievement of the Element. Terms in italics are elaborated in the Range Statement.

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria 


Performance Criteria 


Assess the situation


Identify assess and minimise hazards  in the situation that may pose a risk of injury or illness to self and others


Minimise immediate risk  to self and casualty's health and safety by controlling any hazard in accordance with occupational health and safety requirements


Assess casualty and identify injuries, illnesses and conditions


Apply first aid procedures


Calmly provide information to reassure casualty, adopting a communication style to match the casualty's level of consciousness


Use available resources and equipment  to make the casualty as comfortable as possible


Respond to the casualty in a culturally aware, sensitive and respectful manner


Determine and explain the nature of casualty's injury/condition and relevant first aid procedures to provide comfort


Seek consent from casualty prior to applying first aid management


Provide first aid management  in accordance with established first aid principles  and Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines and/or State/Territory regulations, legislation and policies and industry requirements


Seek first aid assistance from others in a timely manner and as appropriate


Correctly operate first aid equipment as required for first aid management according to manufacturer/supplier's instructions and local policies and/or procedures


Use safe manual handling techniques as required


Monitor casualty's condition  and respond in accordance with effective first aid principles and procedures


Finalise casualty management according to casualty's needs and first aid principles


Communicate details of the incident


Request ambulance support and/or appropriate medical assistance according to relevant circumstances using relevant communication media and equipment 


Accurately convey assessment of casualty's condition and management activities to ambulance services /other emergency services/relieving personnel


Prepare reports as appropriate in a timely manner, presenting all relevant facts according to established procedures


Accurately record details of casualty's physical condition, changes in conditions, management and response to management in line with established procedures


Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with privacy principles and statutory and/or organisation policies


Evaluate own performance


Seek feedback from appropriate clinical expert 


Recognise the possible psychological impacts on rescuers of involvement in critical incidents


Participate in debriefing/evaluation as appropriate to improve future response and address individual needs

Required Skills and Knowledge

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit.

Essential knowledge :

ARC Guidelines relating to provision of first aid as outlined

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

Understanding of the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), including when to use and when not to

First aid management of:

abdominal injuries

allergic reactions

altered and loss of consciousness


burns - thermal, chemical, friction, electrical

cardiac arrest

casualty with no signs of life

chest pain

choking/airway obstruction

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

envenomation - snake, spider, insect and marine bites

environmental impact such as hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, heat stroke


medical conditions, including cardiac conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, asthma and other respiratory conditions

near drowning

poisoning and toxic substances (including chemical contamination)

respiratory distress




substance misuse - common drugs and alcohol, including illicit drugs

Awareness of stress management techniques and available support

Social/legal issues:

duty of care

need to be culturally aware, sensitive and respectful

importance of debriefing


own skills and limitations

Essential skills :

Ability to:

Conduct an initial casualty assessment

Plan an appropriate first aid response in line with established first aid principles, policies and procedures, ARC Guidelines and/or State/Territory regulations, legislation and policies and industry requirements and respond appropriately to contingencies in line with own skills

Demonstrate correct procedures for performing CPR using a manikin, including standard precautions (i.e. as per unit HLTCPR201A Perform CPR )

Apply first aid principles

Infection control, including use of standard precautions

Follow OH&S guidelines


safe manual handling

consideration of the welfare of the casualty

ability to call an ambulance

site management to prevent further injury

Provide assistance with self-medication as per subject's own medication regime and in line with State/Territory legislation, regulations and policies and any available medical/pharmaceutical instructions

Administer medication in line with state/territory regulations, legislation and policies

Prepare a written incident report or provide information to enable preparation of an incident report

Communicate effectively and assertively in an incident

Make prompt and appropriate decisions relating to managing an incident in the workplace

Call an ambulance and/or medical assistance according to relevant circumstances and report casualty's condition

Use literacy and numeracy skills as required to read, interpret and apply guidelines and protocols

Evaluate own response and identify appropriate improvements where required

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package. The evidence guide supplements assessment requirements that apply to all units in this Training Package. Users of this evidence guide should first read the package's assessment guidelines.

Critical aspects of assessment :

Assessment must include demonstrated evidence of specified Essential Knowledge and Essential Skills identified in this competency unit

Competence should be demonstrated working individually and, where appropriate, as part of a first aid team

Consistency of performance should be demonstrated over the required range of situations relevant to the workplace or community setting

Currency of first aid knowledge and skills is to be demonstrated in line with State/Territory regulations, legislation and policies, ARC and industry guidelines

Context and resources required for assessment :

Skills in performing first aid procedures are to be assessed through demonstration, with questioning to confirm essential knowledge

For assessment purposes, demonstration of skills in CPR procedures requires using a model of the human body (resuscitation manikin) in line with Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines

Access and equity considerations :

All workers in the health industry should be aware of access and equity issues in relation to their own area of work

All workers should develop their ability to work in a culturally diverse environment

In recognition of particular health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, workers should be aware of cultural, historical and current issues impacting on health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Assessors and trainers must take into account relevant access and equity issues, in particular relating to factors impacting on health of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities

Range Statement


The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Add any essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts.

Contextualisation to address specific requirements may include :

Focus on first aid management of specific types of injury

First aid provision under specific constraints or circumstances (e.g. in confined spaces, in maritime work environment or in work environment involving identified risks/hazards)

Established first aid principles include :

Preserve life

Prevent illness, injury and condition(s) becoming worse

Promote recovery

Protect the unconscious casualty

Vital signs include :




A hazard is :

A source or situation with the potential for harm in terms of human injury or ill-health, damage to property, the environment, or a combination of these

Hazards may include :

Physical hazards

Biological hazards

Chemical hazards

Hazards associated with manual handling

Risks may include :

Risks from equipment, machinery and substances

Risks from first aid equipment

Environmental risks

Exposure to blood and other body substances

Risk of further injury to the casualty

Risks associated with the proximity of other workers and bystanders

Risks from vehicles

Casualty's condition is managed for :

Abdominal injuries

Airway obstruction

Allergic reactions

Altered and loss of consciousness


Burns - thermal, chemical, friction, electrical

Chest pain/cardiac arrest

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

Near drowning

Envenomation - snake, spider, insect and marine bites

Environmental conditions such as hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, heat stroke


Medical conditions, including cardiac conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, asthma and other respiratory conditions

No signs of life

Poisoning and toxic substances (including chemical contamination)

Respiratory distress/arrest




Substance misuse - common drugs and alcohol, including illicit drugs.

First aid management must take into account applicable aspects of :

The setting in which first aid is provided, including:

workplace policies and procedures

industry/site specific regulations, codes etc.

OHS requirements

state and territory workplace health and safety legislative requirements

location and nature of the incident

situational risks associated with, for example, electrical and biological hazards, weather, motor vehicle accidents

location of emergency services personnel.

The use and availability of first aid equipment and resources

Infection control

Legal and social responsibilities of first aider

Resources and equipment are used appropriate to the risk to be met and may include :


First aid kit



Resuscitation mask or barrier

Spacer device

Communication media and equipment may include but are not limited to :

Telephones, including landline, mobile and satellite phones

HF/VHF radio



Two way radio


Electronic equipment

Hand signals

Appropriate clinical expert may include :


Ambulance officer/paramedic

Other medical/health worker

Documentation may include :

Injury report forms

Workplace documents as per organisation requirements

Documentation may include recording :



Description of injury

First aid management

Fluid intake/output, including fluid loss via:





Administration of medication including:



person administering


Vital signs

Unit Sector(s)