Wilderness First Aid Courses

‘Wilderness First Aid’ – If you are more than an hour from definitive care (Medical Centre/Hospital), access and communications are limited, and you may have to help co-ordinate the emergency response then ‘Wilderness First Aid’ will give you the advanced skills and knowledge required to provide the best care to your patient, whilst waiting for an extended period of time for help to arrive.

A “Wilderness” area is not only more than 1 hour from definitive care (Medical Centre/Hospital) but is also a region where the land is in a natural state; where impacts from human activities are minimal—that is, as a wilderness. As such, not only is appropriate First Aid care key but also the ability to coordinate the response.

Wilderness first aid is the immediate care given to an injured or suddenly ill person. It does not take the place of definitive medical care. It consists only of giving assistance until a more advanced level of medical care is obtained or until the chance for recovery without medical care is apparent.

Wilderness First Aid has a distinct focus because:

  • Injuries and illnesses occur outdoors, often in adverse conditions that affect both patients and rescuers.

  • Definitive medical care may be delayed for hours or days; by a difficult location, bad weather, lack of transportation or communications.

  • Certain injuries and illnesses are more common in wilderness areas.

  • Medical care beyond urban first aid may be needed.

  • First Aid supplies and equipment are limited.

Survive First Aid standard ‘Wilderness First Aid Course’ is delivered over 4 days of face to face practical training and scenarios after completing pre course learning modules. It focuses not only on the skills and knowledge required to provide the best care to a patient whilst waiting for an extended period of time for help to arrive, but also the skills and knowledge required to co-ordinate an appropriate response including communications to emergency services and evacuation considerations. Our standard course awards participants with the following units of competency.

HLTAID009 Provide CPR
22282VIC Course in the Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies

in the Workplace
22099VIC Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
SISOFLD004 Provide first aid in remote locations
SISXEMR002 Coordinate and Emergency Response

For the new courses we have transitioned to some online pre course self directed learning modules which will allow us to focus completely on practical training and scenarios and have changed the course delivery a fair bit for 2021. Access to the learning modules will be provided once payment for the course has been made. The learning modules focus on the theory allowing the course to be as practical as possible. ​

The 4 Day Face to Face Wilderness First Aid Area Course with pre course learning modules is equivalent to a 80 Hour Course on the nominal hours of delivery.

Changes to the Training package for 2021 in the "Wilderness First Aid Skill Set (SISSS00126)" mean Survive will not be running any refresher courses as the new training package units are not equivalent to the old units. Anyone that already holds a wilderness first aid skill set will need to complete a full Wilderness First Aid course again if they would like to keep this skill set.

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