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Update: ARC Guideline 9.1.1

The ANZCOR Guideline 9.1.1 – First Aid for Management of Bleeding has recently been released though dated July 2017.

Download a copy HERE.

There are some key changes to the guideline which are important to note:

  1. In life-threatening bleeding, control of bleeding takes priority over airway and breathing interventions. – NEW
  2. For the majority of non-life-threatening cases, first aiders should follow the order of DRSABCD, where control of bleeding follows establishing airway and commencing CPR if required.
  3. Use an arterial tourniquet for life-threatening limb bleeding that is not controlled by direct wound pressure. – STRONGER emphasis than previous and more detailed
    • if trained in its use and one is available.
  4. Haemostatic dressings – More detailed information
  5. Flow Chart for First Aid Control of External Bleeding – NEW

NOTE: The DRSABCD chart will still apply and is not updated or revised.

ARC Statement: Guide to AEDs

The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) recently released a statement regarding Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and how they can be deployed in the community.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the ARC’s Statement.

Webinar 3 Available

We are pleased to announce our third webinar for 2017:

Thursday 24 August at 10:00am AEST

Feel the Burn

Presenter: Rohan Sykes

A journey learning the real-life consequences of a workplace accident, presented by Rohan Sykes from Phoenix Workplace Safety.

Discover more about Rohan’s story here:

Rohan’s Story

The cost of each webinar is $44 for non-AECP members. Register now by emailing

You can still register to access a recording of any past webinar for only $44 each. Visit the News section of our website for a full list of 2016 and 2017 webinars.

New Webinars Available

We’re pleased to announce further webinars have been made available for 2017.

Monday 19 June at 3:00pm AEST

Thunderstorm Asthma Explained + Emerging Asthma Treatments

Presenter: Michelle Sammann

In this session, Michelle Sammann covers the various aspects of thunderstorm asthma, including thunderstorm characteristics, the major allergen implicated, comorbidity and what to do if affected by thunderstorm asthma. Michelle will also present information on the latest asthma treatments available.

Michelle Sammann is the owner of Junior First which specialises in paediatric first aid for school teachers and childcare educators. She has been a first aid trainer for 15 years and has a special interest in the areas of asthma and anaphylaxis. Since 2003, she has been associated with the Asthma Foundation of Victoria in a variety of roles, including delivery of Emergency Asthma Management training. Michelle has a Bachelor of Applied Science as well as qualifications in Asthma Education, Anaphylaxis Management Training and First Aid. Michelle is passionate about asthma education and best practice healthcare for people living with asthma.

Thursday 20 April at 4:00pm AEST (RECORDING ONLY)

“Hello operator, I think I’m having a heart attack.”

Presenter: Jeff Keneally

Jeff has more than thirty years in the front line of paramedic work in busy city and rural areas. For most of that he has been an intensive care paramedic. He has a vast experience in community and paramedic education from local training to university lecturer.

Jeff presented our ‘Up, down, bent’ webinar on drug-related emergencies last year, which received rave reviews.

Please email if you are interested. Costs (GST inclusive) are:

$33 for AECP Members
$44 for non-AECP Members

2017 AGM: November 24 at Jephson Hotel

Our 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) date and location have been finalised. More details regarding the event will be posted once these have been confirmed.

Date: Friday, 24th of November, 2017

Location: Jephson Hotel & Apartments, 63 Jephson Street, Toowong (Brisbane), QLD, 4066

AISC approval for AECP as Member of the First Aid Industry Reference Committee

We are pleased to announce that AECP was successfully nominated as a member of the First Aid IRC! Following consultation, the structure and membership of the First Aid Industry Reference Committee (IRC) was approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) on 27 March 2017. The list of First Aid IRC members can be viewed at

CRICOS: Review of the National Code

There has been recent concern that ASQA is insisting an RTO must be CRICOS-registered to deliver First Aid training to overseas students. The Department of Education in Canberra is currently reviewing the Code of Practice for providers operating under the ESOS framework. The current (2007) code includes a statement that only full-time courses can be registered on CRICOS. The proposed new Code omits this statement, so it remains unclear whether it would apply to all training.

AECP and the other major first aid organisations have lodged submissions on the proposed changes. AECP has argued strongly that First Aid is a public good, and people who have come to Australia under student visa arrangements should not be excluded from the benefits of First Aid training. Some overseas students will need work placement as part of their training. Many will seek part-time work as permitted under a student visa. First Aid is often a pre-requisite to employment.

There are no CRICOS-registered providers able to offer stand-alone first aid training. No specialist First Aid providers can become CRICOS-registered because the fees and additional administrative burden are prohibitive. AECP has recommended short WHS courses be exempt from the need for CRICOS registration.

It may be some time before we see the final outcome of the current review. In the meantime, AECP recommends members continue to provide First Aid training to any international students that may request it. The interests of public safety must be placed above bureaucratic whim.

“Not Competent” or “Not Yet Competent”?

Many RTOs have been using the term Not Yet Competent (NYC) for final assessments results where Learners have been found to be not competent in a unit.

AECP had noted that in the AVETMISS outcome identifier “Competency not achieved”, there is no mention of ‘Yet’.

30 – Competency not achieved/fail
The client has attempted all of the requirements for the assessment and has been assessed as not competent, or as not satisfying one or more of the requirements for the unit of competency or module. For example, this code would apply if a client attempted ten of ten required assessments and was assessed as not competent in one or more of the assessments. However, if a client had only attempted nine of the ten assessments, this code would not be used as the client must attempt all of the assessments in order to receive a ‘Competency not achieved/fail’ code. (Reference source: AVETMISS, Data element definitions, Edition 2.3, November 2016, page 101)

The issue was raised in LinkedIn discussions of ASQA auditor feedback that the terminology ‘Not Yet Competent’ is wrong and should not be used. The correct term for a final result should be ‘Not Competent’. AECP sought clarification from ASQA, and here is an extract from their reply.

‘Competency’ embodies the ability to transfer and apply skills and knowledge to new situations and environments. Therefore, a learner can either consistently apply the knowledge of skill to the standard of performance required in the workplace or they cannot – they are either ‘competent’ or ‘not competent’. A result of ‘competent’ in this case represents a theoretical ‘score’ of 100%.

As such, learners are required to achieve 100% competency to be deemed competent in a qualification or unit of competency. Learners will generally be given a second attempt if they are deemed not yet competent on the first attempt.

Based on the above information, RTOs should be using the terms Competent and Not Competent (NC) instead of Not Yet Competent (NYC) for final student assessment results. This may require a number changes to assessment documentation.

Webinars – Recordings Available for Purchase

A series of Webinars were made available to AECP Members in 2016, with very positive feedback received.

Recordings are now available for purchase. Please enquire by emailing

The webinar topics are below:

Let’s Get Practical. Improving learner engagement with increased focus on skills.

UP, DOWN, BENT: Facts and Pulp Fiction of Drug Overdose. An exploration of drug-related emergencies and first response.

Resuscitation: What’s Outside the Box ? An adventure in resuscitation techniques not found in ANZCOR Guidelines.

The Changing VET Landscape for First Aid. An Examination of the benefits and challenges of a new Industry Skills Council for First Aid.