With professional development and continuing education being core objectives of The National Institute of First Aid Trainers, our Continuing Education Team plays a key role in delivering services to achieve these objectives.


  • Deliver regular professional development webinars on topics relevant to First Aid and CPR training
  • Engage with RTOs and training providers on specific training needs to deliver custom training programs to trainers/assessors
  • Respond to clinical and training-related questions submitted via our Ask an Expert contact form.

If your organisation is seeking professional development opportunities, speak with us regarding a custom Zoom presentation for your staff. Email info@nifat.com.au

Meet the Team

Chris Bertolo

Chris is a passionate registered nurse with a lengthy career in education, from delivery of first aid units through to post-graduate level instruction. Chris has embraced life-long learning, completing a range of vocational qualifications in frontline management, training and assessment, as well as undertaking post-graduate study in intensive care nursing and a masters in clinical education. Chris values professionalism and supporting learners wherever they may be. He believes that with a great team, almost anything is possible.

Chris’ clinical experience includes pre-hospital care, general nursing, intensive care, patient safety, rural and remote practice, telehealth clinical teaching and nursing education. Currently, Chris works as Nursing Director, Education and Research in the public hospital sector.

When he is not busy with work, Chris enjoys spending time outdoors with his young family.

Sarah Hunstead

Sarah has over 15 years of experience in Paediatric Emergency Nursing. She has worked in various roles in the Emergency Department from Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Unit Manager, and has a passion for all things paediatrics.

With a love of lifelong learning, Sarah has a Masters Degree in Clinical Practice and has also lectured undergraduate nursing students in paediatrics at The University of Technology, Sydney.

CPR Kids is Sarah’s First Aid training company, and she has made it her mission to empower parents with the lifesaving skills of Paediatric BLS and First Aid.

In 2013 Sarah released her first book A life. A finger. A pea up a nose. A practical guide to baby and child first aid. And yes, the title was inspired by her second daughter who decided it would be a good idea to put a pea in her nostril.

Sarah lives in Sydney with her husband and 2 daughters.

Andy Panes

Andy is the General Manager at The National Institute of First Aid Trainers. He was involved in the last round of updates to the first aid units of competency and chaired the First Aid Industry Reference Committee with Skills IQ.

He has a wealth of knowledge in training facilitation, assessment, RTO compliance, training package development and all things first aid! In addition to owning and operating his own RTO for the past 15 years, Andy consults with training providers and educational institutions across Australia.

Andy has been in the first aid space most of his life. Previously he has worked in both the public and private health sectors in the UK and Australia including voluntary work in Event Health Services as the State Operations Officer (Major Events) for St John Ambulance, QLD.

Andy spends most of his free time on the water with his wife and two children.