Unit of competency details

HLTFA302A - Provide first aid in remote situation (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to HLTFA302B - Provide first aid in remote situation 24/Mar/2011

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 22/Dec/2010

Training packages that include this unit

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FPI11 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 1.0 
PUA00 - Public Safety Training PackagePublic Safety Training Package 8.1 
CPP07 - Property Services Training PackageProperty Services Training Package 8.0-15.0 
CSC07 - Correctional Services Training PackageCorrectional Services Training Package 1.2 
FPI05 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 3.0 
AHC10 - Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land ManagementAgriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management 2.0-3.0 
SIT07 - Tourism, Hospitality and Events Training PackageTourism, Hospitality and Events Training Package 2.3-3.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

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AHC21010 - Certificate II in Conservation and Land ManagementCertificate II in Conservation and Land ManagementSuperseded
CSC30107 - Certificate III in Correctional PracticeCertificate III in Correctional PracticeSuperseded
FPI30205 - Certificate III in Harvesting and HaulageCertificate III in Harvesting and HaulageSuperseded
CPP30711 - Certificate III in Waste ManagementCertificate III in Waste ManagementSuperseded1-3 
SIT40207 - Certificate IV in TourismCertificate IV in TourismSuperseded
AHC30110 - Certificate III in AgricultureCertificate III in AgricultureSuperseded1-3 
FPI30211 - Certificate III in Harvesting and HaulageCertificate III in Harvesting and HaulageSuperseded
SIT40809 - Certificate IV in Holiday Parks and ResortsCertificate IV in Holiday Parks and ResortsSuperseded
SIT40107 - Certificate IV in Tourism (Guiding)Certificate IV in Tourism (Guiding)Superseded
SIT30507 - Certificate III in Tourism (Guiding)Certificate III in Tourism (Guiding)Superseded
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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 to a casualty in a remote and/or isolated situation

Application of the Unit

This unit is appropriate for those undertaking first aid work in remote or isolated workplace situations

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

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 


Prepare to respond to emergency in a remote situation


Prepare for isolated travel  or work, accounting for expected contingencies


Assess casualty's condition and determine appropriate response in order to minimise hazards and determine need for medical assistance


Evaluate options for transporting casualty or waiting for medical assistance in relation to environmental issues, transport availability and casualty's condition


Provide first aid in a remote situation


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 response to address casualty's condition and in accordance with effective first aid principles


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


Monitor casualty's condition and undertake ongoing first aid procedures as required


Calmly provide information to reassure casualty during the wait for medical assistance, adopting a communication style to match the casualty's level of consciousness


Provide shelter from elements in accordance with environmental conditions


Document condition of casualty over time to assist in on-going management


Work in conjunction with medical and emergency services support


Establish communication links to medical services, using relevant communication equipment to ensure prompt control action is undertaken


Request ambulance support or appropriate medical assistance according to relevant circumstances


Administer medication under direct instruction from an authorised health worker  as required


Assist in the evacuation of the casualty by following directions given by emergency services as required


Evaluate the incident


Evaluate management of the incident and where required develop an action plan in consultation with relevant parties


Participate in debriefing/evaluation in order to improve future operations and address individual's needs


Formulate and review contingency planning to identify and select improved or alternative management principles and procedures as required

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Essential knowledge :

Working knowledge of communication systems, equipment and methods as available in the remote situation

Understanding of OHS principles

Infection control principles and procedures, including use of standard precautions

Principles of identifying and preparing area for safe evacuation (including aero-medical evacuation)

Principles for evaluating management options relating to transporting casualty and/or waiting for assistance

Principles of preparing for providing first aid in an area remote from ready assistance, including identifying and preparing supplies to address contingencies specific to different types of situation

Awareness of stress management techniques and available support

Essential skills :

Ability to:

Conduct an initial casualty assessment in a remote situation

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 level of skills and knowledge

Use available communication methods and equipment to access medical assistance

Evaluate available options for transporting or maintaining condition of casualty

Transport casualty safely using available methods

Use available resources effectively to manage pain

Administer medication under direct instruction from an authorised health worker and in accordance with State/Territory regulations, legislation and policies


safe manual handling

adequate infection control procedures, including standard precautions

identification and preparation of area for safe evacuation (including aero-medical evacuation)

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

Improvise treatment and associated resources

Undertake contingency planning in relation to providing a first aid response in a remote situation

Interpret and use listed documents

Communicate effectively and assertively and show leadership in an incident

Accurately listen to, clarify and apply medical instructions

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

Make prompt and appropriate decisions relating to managing an incident in a remote situation

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.

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, Australian Resuscitation Council and industry guidelines

Assessment should utilise aspects of actual or simulated remote situation relevant to work or community context

Method of assessment may include :

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

Skills may be assessed through simulations, using anatomical models, manikins or in a high fidelity simulation centre

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)

Preparation for isolated /remote travel may include :

Selection of relevant communication equipment

Accessing relevant first aid supplies and resources to cater for environmental conditions

Considering access/egress opportunities

Notifying relevant authorities of travel plans

In remote /isolated situations consideration to travel or wait would depend upon :

Severity of injury

Time required for medical assistance to arrive

Whether movement might hinder rescue

Advice given by authorised health worker

Whether contact with medical and/or emergency services has been achieved

Documentation , especially in remote /isolated situations may include recording :



Description of injury

First aid management

Fluid/oral intake/output, including fluid loss via:





Administration of medication including time, date, person administering, dose

Vital signs

Authorised health worker may include :

Paramedic/ambulance officer

General practitioner

Nurse practitioner

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