HLTAID005 Provide First Aid in Remote Situations


Award issued

  • HLTAID005 Provide first aid in remote situations
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

It is recommended this unit be renewed every 36 months in line with industry standards. Locate the most current training package at 

Our obligation to you

We are required to provide clear evidence to enable you to decide if this course is suitable for you. This course teaches the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response and emergency life support to a casualty in a remote and/or isolated situation

This unit applies to workers who may be required to prepare for and provide a first aid response in locations beyond the reach of timely medical assistance.

Are there physical requirements for this course?

It is important to note that there are physical standards which relate to the level of performance required when undertaking accredited training. The HLTAID competency standards require a level of physical ability to provide resuscitation and respond to an emergency situation where there may be a risk to life.

One requirement of the training package is that you are to be assessed as physically capable of performing uninterrupted CPR for at least 2 minutes on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor and on a CPR infant resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface.

There can be no exceptions to these Australian Government requirements that are clearly written into the Training Package. Therefore, students who are unable to satisfy the physical requirements of the course cannot be deemed competent or issued with a statement of attainment, even if the qualification is a necessary part of their employment conditions.


ASSESSMENT – THEORY – Multi choice question paper

You will be assessed on:

State/Territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace procedures:

  • ARC Guidelines relevant to the provision of CPR and first aid.
  • Safe work practices to minimise risks and potential hazards.
  • Infection control principles and procedures, including the use of standard precautions.
  • Requirements for the currency of skill and knowledge.

Legal, workplace and community considerations including:

  • Awareness of the potential need for stress-management techniques and available support following an emergency situation.
  • Duty of care requirements.
  • Respectful behavior towards a casualty.
  • Own skills and limitations.
  • Consent.
  • Privacy and confidentiality requirements.
  • Importance of debriefing.

Considerations when providing first aid, including:

  • Airway obstruction due to body position.
  • Appropriate duration and cessation of CPR.
  • Appropriate use of an AED.
  • Chain of survival.
  • Standard precautions.
  • How to conduct a visual and verbal secondary survey assessment.
  • Assessment and interpretation of vital signs, including respiration, temperature, and pulse.

Principles and procedures for first-aid management of the following scenarios, contextualized to the candidate’s remote and/or isolated situation:

  • Abdominal injuries.
  • Allergic reaction.
  • Anaphylaxis.
  • Basic care of a wound.
  • Bleeding control.
  • Burns.
  • Cardiac conditions, including chest pain.
  • Choking and airway obstruction.
  • Crush injuries.
  • Diabetes.
  • Dislocations.
  • Drowning.
  • Envenomation.
  • Environmental impact, including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, and heatstroke.
  • Eye and ear injuries.
  • Febrile convulsions.
  • Fractures.
  • Head, neck and spinal injuries.
  • Minor skin injuries.
  • Needlestick injuries.
  • Poisoning and toxic substances.
  • Respiratory distress, including asthma.
  • Seizures, including epilepsy.
  • Shock.
  • Soft tissue injuries, including sprains and strains.
  • Stroke.
  • Unconsciousness.

Remote considerations in the provision of first aid, including:

  • Typical hazards and strategies for preparing supplies to address contingencies.
  • Management options relations to transporting casualty, including aero-medical evacuation.
  • How to identify and prepare areas for a safe evacuation, including aero-medical evacuation.
  • How and when to access emergency response services.
  • Communication systems, equipment, and methods available in remote situations.
  • Priorities of management in first aid when dealing with life-threatening conditions.
  • Specific considerations contextualised to alpine, desert, marine, rural/remote settings, and tropical environments.

Basic anatomy and physiology relating to:

  • How to recognise a person is not breathing normally.
  • Chest.
  • Response/consciousness.
  • Upper airway and effect of positional change.
  • Considerations in the provision of first aid for specified conditions, including specific considerations for remote settings.

Fees and Payments

Refund and fee protection policy

Refer to the student handbook.

Payment Terms

Group booking payment terms are based on an agreement between the client and the service provider.

Training will be conducted on-site or in an agreed location between the client and provider.

Course Times

Full Course New Students8 hours face to face training and assessment.
BlendedCompleting 2 hours of unsupervised pre-course study and 6 hours face to face.
Refresher Course6 hours face to face training and assessment.