First Aid unit changes

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Units of Competency within training packages are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure the currency, best practice and relevance of approved industry training. In October 2020, new versions of eight first aid units of competency were announced that supersede existing units.

Five of these are units offered by Royal Life Saving WA across several of our training courses, below is a summary of the changes.

Superseded Unit New Unit  Differences
HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation  HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation 

‘Debrief’ has been replaced with ‘Review’ in all units to emphasise the need for evaluation and making improvements to future responses.

Skills outcomes are the same, some rewording to clarify requirements.

HLTAID003 Provide first aid HLTAID011 Provide first aid 

Life-threatening bleeding, ear injuries and nose bleeds added to Knowledge only (no practical).

Skills outcomes are the same, some rewording to clarify requirements.

HLTAID004 Provide first aid in an education and care setting HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting

Head injuries, poisoning, seizures added to skills.

Some rewording of knowledge requirements about; acute illness, when to call an ambulance immediately, age appropriate communication and distraction techniques, physiological differences in children.

HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid  HLTAID014 Provide advanced first aid 

Skills and knowledge added: life threatening bleeding (tourniquets and haemostatic dressing)

Skills removed: bag valve mask

HLTAID007 Provide advanced resuscitation  HLTAID015 Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy 

Skills and knowledge added: life threatening bleeding (tourniquets and haemostatic dressing) with oxygen therapy (giving a casualty oxygen while managing their bleed)


Overall, the outcomes, skills and knowledge are the same in the following units, with some minor additions and changes and some rewording of content:
  • HLTAID009 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation 
  • HLTAID010 - Provide basic emergency life support 
  • HLTAID011 - Provide first aid 
  • HLTAID012 - Provide first aid in an education and care setting

Life threatening bleeding, tourniquets and haemostatic dressings have been added to:

  • HLTAID011 - Provide first aid (knowledge component only)
  • HLTAID014 - Provide advanced first aid (skills and knowledge)
  • HLTAID015 - Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy (skills and knowledge)

A 12-month transition period is currently in effect for the superseded units and the Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that offer them.

Royal Life Saving WA (RTO 0854) is working to have the new units available by Monday 10th May 2021.

Learn more about Royal Life Saving Australia’s current position on the superseded units as they apply to the Pool Lifeguard and Swimming and Water Safety Teacher skill sets.

 

 

 

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