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Latest ASIC COVID-19 Emergency Response Sub-Committee Statement on the delivery of first aid training

Additional Information for First Aid Stakeholders and Training Providers

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) COVID-19 Emergency Response Sub-Committee has provided a statement in relation to delivery of First Aid training. Please download a copy of the statement.

This communique builds on the initial advice provided by the First Aid Industry Reference Committee, as well as updating important information and regulatory requirements for delivery of First Aid training during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 - 25 March 2020

First Aid Industry Reference Committee recommendations in regard to delivery of First Aid training impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Many RTOs have raised concerns about the ongoing delivery of First Aid training during COVID-19. RTOs must comply with State and Federal Health Authority directions. RTOs should perform a risk assessment, when deciding whether or not to continue to provide First Aid training, taking into account the following:

  • State, Territory and Federal Health Authorities advice (
  • The Australian Resuscitation Council's recommendations and guidelines (
  • SafeWork Australia's advice (
  • ASQA's advice (

Specific concerns have also been raised about the transmission of the virus while performing ventilations on mannikins. The potential for transmission of the virus is significantly reduced if proper infection control procedures are followed, which involves excluding anyone who shows symptoms of the virus. The Assessment Requirements are clearly stated, and the performance of compressions and breaths must be demonstrated on a mannikin in order to make a determination of competency. It cannot be a demonstration of compressions only.

A reasonable adjustment may apply where a student states they will not put their mouth on the mannikin during breaths (even with a barrier device in place), in which case the student is required to demonstrate all aspects of giving breaths (i.e. head tilt and blowing to the side of the mannikin) while not actually blowing into the mouth of the mannikin. This reasonable adjustment is to only apply at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and only if the student requests exemption (i.e. on an exception basis only).

Further information may be found as follows:

  • The First Aid Companion Volume on page 11 clearly states that reasonable adjustment can be made to the assessment procedures, and RTO’s should ensure that 'the integrity of the Unit of Competency and/or qualification is upheld'.
  • In the case of ventilations used while performing CPR, the ARC guidelines found at ANZCOR Guideline 5 – Breathing are specific in the need to provide ventilations as well as the control of transmissible diseases during CPR.
  • RTOs should comply with the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019) and support the use of resuscitation barriers and other PPEs as required.

Online Learning

We are pleased to advise that our online First Aid Theory program can now be accessed via your own LMS (Learning Management System) using an LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) option which connects your LMS to our learning platform.

Many popular LMS software programs such as ManageBac, D2L, Canvas, Blackboard, and Moodle employ LTI integration to supply student access to third-party software, and connecting to this system will enable your students to access the First Aid Theory program through your LMS.

This new offer from Everyday Learning Pty Ltd does not replace the popular option of accessing our online resources through our LMS but will provide you with the benefit of using your LMS and student login details, while accessing the latest up to date first aid theory direct from our experts, meaning less admin for you and a better student experience. Having both access options now available will enable us to provide the best fit for your business.

Click here to view a sample of our eLearning resources.

First aid manual update

The latest edition of the Everyday Learning First Aid Training Manual have been updated to include an additional eight pages of first aid information. The extra pages expand on information covering child and infant CPR as well as asthma and anaphylaxis first aid.

As the current edition of the manual now covers the first aid requirements for either HLTAID003 & HLTAID004, this means that we will no longer be printing the Anaphylaxis & Asthma First Aid Manual as a separate publication.

CPR training methods study

A study was recently conducted into the effectiveness of hands only (compression only) CPR and traditional CPR training and the results were published earlier this year. We thought that the results may be of interest, especially in the light of the fact that ARC guidelines recommend that CPR (and CPR training) must include both ventilations and compressions. Here is the link to the study report.

EpiPen® use changes

Many of you will be aware that the manufacturer of EpiPen’s has advised of changes to the way EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® should be administered.

These changes cover reduced injection time from 10 to 3 seconds and the removal of the massage step after the injection.

EpiPen’s with a 10 second label can continue to be used and should not be replaced unless they have been used, are just about to expire or have expired. All EpiPen’s should now be held in place for 3 seconds, regardless of the instructions on the label. However, if they are held for 10 seconds it will not affect the way that the adrenaline works. For further information, please go to: How to give EpiPen

ARC bleeding control guideline update

ANZCOR Guideline 9.1.1 First Aid for Management of Bleeding, has been updated as of July 2017.

The key recommendations in the new guideline are:

1. Firm pressure on or around the wound is the most effective way to stop bleeding.
2. In life-threatening bleeding, control of bleeding takes priority over airway and breathing interventions.
3. Use an arterial tourniquet for life-threatening limb bleeding that is not controlled by direct wound pressure.

The revised guideline also advises that there is no evidence that elevating a bleeding part will help control bleeding and there is the potential to cause more pain or injury.

The guideline also recommends the use of haemostatic dressings to control bleeding (if arterial tourniquets are unsuccessful or unsuitable to control bleeding) if these dressings are available and the first aider has been trained in their use.

To view the full guideline, please go to

First aid workshops and conferences – 2018

Australian Resusitation Council Spark of Life Conference "Resusitation - it's about time" 9-11 May 2019, International Convention Centre, Darling Darbour, Sydney. For more information, go to