First Aid Training - Updated advice for CPR

Following initial advice of April 2020, the AISC has release further information for training providers on the delivery and assessment of CPR; (Published May 3 2021).

  • RTOs delivering cardiopulmonary resuscitation within the associated First Aid units must ensure a risk assessment is completed before delivery and comply with State and Territory Health requirements and any local restrictions as advised.
  • In areas where no local transmission of COVID-19 has been reported, RTOs who wish to resume training and assessing breaths directly into a manikin may do so. RTOs, however, must follow all manufacturer’s instructions regarding the cleaning and infection control processes, including any specific guidance on their use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In local areas where community transmission of COVID-19 has been reported, or where an area has been declared a hot spot, RTOs are permitted to continue providing “reasonable adjustment” during the CPR assessment process and have students perform breaths to the side of the manikin.
  • Assessors are to use their professional judgement in assessing the competence of a student’s capacity to perform CPR under these circumstances.
  • RTOs must still assess students against all other aspects of CPR as per the unit of competency requirements set out in the HLT Training Package. All other Assessment Requirements, including the Assessment Conditions, must also be met.
  • RTOs who decide to resume training and assessing breaths directly into a manikin must allow reasonable adjustment, as outlined above, for students who choose not to provide breaths directly into a manikin because of concerns about COVID-19.

Additional information for RTO’s and Regulators is available at; Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

NOTE: These provisions will be reassessed, and further advice provided pending the progress of the Australian COVID-19 vaccination roll out.