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HLTFA302C - Provide First Aid in Remote Situation

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 these skills and knowledge would be adapted as required to address specific industry, enterprise or workplace requirements and to address specific risks and hazards and associated injuries. This course is Nationally Accredited.


Not Applicable'

However, this unit should be assessed either after or in conjunction with achievement of HLTFA311A "Apply First Aid"

Performance criteria

Participant's competency will be tested on their ability to:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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

Participant's knowledge and skills developed in this unit include:

Essential knowledge:

  • Working knowledge of communication systems, equipment and methods as available in the remote situation
  • Understanding of OH&S 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, Australian Resuscitation Council 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
  • Demonstrate:
    • 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


Participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded Nationally Accredited certification. This qualification is valid for three years. Additionally HLTCPR201A CPR refresher training must be undertaken each year for certificate to remain current.


2 days

Course cancellation policy

Students notifying Delta Training three weeks prior to program commencing will get a full refund. If notifying two weeks prior to program commencing students will need to pay 25% of fees unless transferred to another Delta Training  program. If notification is less than two weeks there is no refund, unless transferred to another Delta Training  program. Delta Training reserves the right to cancel courses at any time. In this case, money paid is fully refunded.