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…

The National Institute of First Aid Trainers is pleased to announce our successful nomination for inclusion on the First Aid Industry Reference Committee (IRC). What is an Industry Reference Committee (IRC)? Industry Reference Committees drive the process of training package development. They are made up of people with experience, skills, and knowledge of their particular industry sector.…

At the 2017 National First Aid Trainers Conference, a presentation by The Asthma Foundations training manager provided advice regarding the assessment of Asthma management in the first aid units. The assessment of Asthma management skills includes the use of an Asthma puffer and spacer, not simply a simulation whereby the learner places the spacer next…

Have you downloaded the Australian Venom Research Units (AVRU) recent snake bite fact sheet? The AVRU are recommending the use of Setopress High Compression bandages when applying the Pressure Immobilisation Technique. If you haven’t purchased any of these bandages, visit the online trainer store at https://www.nifat.com.au/product/setopress-bandage/ Download the AVRU Snake Bite Fact Sheet

Thank you to Kim for the following question: I wonder if you can clarify something for me? From memory the old ARC Guidelines used to state that we do not defibrillate infants (under 1 year). The new ANZCOR Guideline 7, 4.2 does not clearly say DO NOT use on infants. What is your knowledge and…