National consultations are currently open for the following draft 2018 Industry Skills Forecasts: First Aid (closing date: Monday 5 March 2018). Please click here to access these documents, as well as Online Feedback Forms where you will be able to submit your comments and feedback. You are invited to review the drafts and provide feedback…

It's with much excitement that we announce the attendance of Chris Solomons at the 2018 National First Aid Trainers Conference. Chris worked as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (UK) for 20 years before moving to the patient transport service. During the time Chris worked as an EMD, the BBC were…

Recently a member asked the following question. Last week first aiders at a hotel attended a gentleman who had suffered a cardiac arrest in the hotel carpark. On arrival, they commenced CPR and applied an AED. Full resuscitation efforts were made. While attending to the gentleman the wife was becoming increasingly agitated saying that he had…

On the 15th September 2017 the Australian Resuscitation Council released a Guide to Automated External Defibrillators. To download a copy of this statement, select the link below to be directed to the Australian Resuscitation Council website. Click Here #NIFAT2018 Purchase your ticket to the 2018 National First Aid Trainers Conference here. Early, early bird tickets…

Thank you to Murray for submitting the following question: ‘I was asked during a training session what first aid would be given to a recipient of Pepper Spray’ Response by Jeremy Holder, TacMed Australia OC (oleoresin capsicum) Spray treatment varies around the country (and world) but studies have shown that it doesn’t really matter whether you…

ASQA has published the findings of its national strategic review into which found that the long-term quality of Australia’s VET sector is at risk unless the issue of unduly short training is definitively addressed. The report makes three broad recommendations to address the issues identified, including changes to the way course duration is regulated. Read…

Thank you to Brad for submitting the following question: ‘I have had a couple of trainers assessing adult CPR while the manikin was on a desk top. Is this acceptable and is there documentation stating where it should be done for assessment?’   Response by Andy Panes – General Manager (NIFAT) Hi Brad, thank you…

EpiPen® and EpiPen®Jr adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjectors with the 3 second label will start to enter pharmacies in Australia and New Zealand from today (13 June 2017) onwards. The devices have not changed, just the instructions on the label, which now include: Reduced injection time from 10 to 3 seconds – this is based on research…
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