Frequently Asked Questions list:

(1) The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines recommend rotating rescuers every two minutes. Why does the competency require candidates to demonstrate CPR for four minutes (or eight minutes)?

The ARC guidelines encourage rescuers to change every two minutes - if possible. The “four minutes uninterrupted" and "eight minutes uninterrupted" enables a trainer to assess that the candidate has appropriate strength and stamina to provide effective CPR in an emergency. It relates to the volume and frequency of evidence required by assessors to make the assessment decision i.e. sufficiency. "Four minutes uninterrupted" should not be interpreted as a new ARC guideline. As vocational competencies, the first aid competencies provide assurance to employers that employees with duty of care to provide first aid in the workplace have the appropriate skills and knowledge to carry out this duty, particularly in instances where the worker might not be able to be relieved within two minutes.

The intent of “four minutes uninterrupted" and "eight minutes uninterrupted" is for each candidate to demonstrate a sustained duration of compressions and rescue breathing. In addition, the candidate needs to demonstrate the specific items listed below the dot point such as checking for response, correct hand placement and handover to another rescuer. The intent of this requirement is that the candidate is assessed performing the normal preresuscitation checks, performing CPR, and then handing over to another rescuer. How your RTO decides to structure your assessment tasks to collect this evidence and how much evidence is deemed sufficient is dependent on your learning and assessment strategy, provided it meets the competency standard and the Rules of Evidence. CS&HISC is unable to validate individual assessment scenarios or assessment strategies. We recommend consulting with industry to ensure your learning and assessment strategies meet the needs of your student cohort. 

The term “basic” refers to the level of care/response provided by the first aider, not the level of the wound. These wounds may be minor or major. The care of a wound refers to cleaning of the wound before any dressing is applied to the wound to reduce the risk of infection prior to further treatment.

Each individual must provide evidence of their own skills and knowledge to meet the requirements of the unit. In other words, a student cannot be deemed competent if they have simply observed another student perform a task, or participated as “the casualty” in a roleplay scenario.

Health professionals are those whose primary employment role is to diagnose and treat physical and mental illnesses and conditions or recommend, administer, dispense and develop medications and treatment to promote or restore good health. In the context of the HLTAID suite of units, appropriate experience as a health professional would include those have been required to identify and respond to health issues as part of their every day job e.g. General Practitioner, Registered Nurse, registered Enrolled Nurse, registered Aboriginal Health Practitioner, a primary medical care provider.