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Update: 15th Oct 2021
Important updates for first aid components listed below.
13 Feb 2021
A lockdown update from Inspire & Learn
Due to current restrictions in Melbourne - we remain closed onsite until Wednesday 17th Feb 2021 - subject to Premier's announcement and DHHS advice. We are still operating as normal online. All our students remain supported with online access and there is no interruption to online learning.
02 August 2020
Stage 4 restrictions in place - We are offering 2 step process.
PERMITTED WORKERS - 20.08.2020
If you are a permitted worker and require first aid training to be completed as part of your current work role - then we are open for you.
Conditions of entry:
1. Must provide proof that you are a permitted worker and require it for your current work profession. we will keep a copy of the permit for our future records.
2. Carry your proof of ID (Drivers Licence on the day)
3. Be ready to sign the confirmation that you needed the training as part of your current work role.
MANDATORY INFORMATION PLEASE READ BEFORE ATTENDING:
READ OUR COVID SAFE PLAN & RISK ASSESSMENT below:
As you all already know the news, we are letting you know as part of our obligations, please refer to the following information.
1. You must wear a face-covering (example face mask) as recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services to allow us to meet the regulatory requirement. We request that you come into the class with a face covering and during the class keep wearing the mask.
2. Upon arrival, Your temperature will be checked, you will receive a checklist to complete. Please read this checklist on the link below in relation to COVID-19, if you do not accept this you cannot attend the training.
3. As part of vigorous reminders from the Department of Health on coronavirus - COVID-19, it is extremely important that you look after your own health & safety and safety of others, Please note if you have a body temperature of 37.5 degrees C and above, or FLU / cold-related symptoms or have come in contact with anyone from overseas OR A PERSON WITH A POSITIVE CASE OF COVID -19, YOU CANNOT ATTEND.
4. Please also note: If you have been tested for Corona Virus, having symptoms and awaiting results please do not attend, we will be happy to reschedule the class to a later date.
Please visit your GP and seek medical advice before attending the premises if you are concerned.
Please let us know if you have any questions and we will be able to assist you further. As a routine mandatory requirement, our Trainers also show you their temperature before the class starts. We are trying our best to support you and your family's safety, so please assist us to meet this obligation.
17 April 2020
Inspire & Learn will be following the COVID-19 Emergency Response Sub-Committee - Statement on the delivery of first aid training
Further to the advice regarding first aid training that was issued by the First Aid Industry Reference Committee on 25 March 2020, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) wishes to advise Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) of the following:
Inspire & Learn seeks to continue delivering first aid and has undertaken a risk assessment to consider whether the training is urgent and essential in the context of current social distancing and societal restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hence training is only offered to the essential workers who have a genuine reason to attend the first aid training, Inspire & Learn has undertaken the necessary adjustments as outlined in the general advice regarding the delivery of face-to-face training below.
Where training is essential and must continue, given the high risk of transmission of COVID-19 through bodily fluids such as saliva, Inspire & Learn will provide a “reasonable adjustment” to all students when teaching and assessing the performance of ventilations on a manikin.
This means that for the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, Inspire & Learn will not allow students to breathe directly into a manikin. This will help minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
Instead, students are to be assessed performing breaths to the side of the manikin.
Assessors are to use their professional judgement in assessing competence of students’ capacity to perform CPR under these new circumstances.
Inspire & Learn will 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, will have also be met.
This advice is to apply for the period of the COVID-19 pandemic only. Further advice will be provided once it is assessed that it is safe for first aid training to resume as normal.
Advice from Safe Work Australia
All WHS Regulators have agreed that no compliance action will be taken in relation to the first aid training requirements in regulation 42 of the model WHS Regulations where first aid training is not available because of COVID-19.
Discussions are ongoing for other WHS training and assessment. In the interim, you will need to contact your WHS regulator to obtain their policy on other WHS training and assessment impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
25 March 2020
First Aid Industry Reference Committee recommendations in regard to delivery of First Aid training impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
As a student, you will be concern about the ongoing delivery of First Aid training during COVID-19. As a recommendation from The SkillsIQ Team, we as an RTO will comply with State and Federal Health Authority directions. We will perform a risk assessment, when deciding whether or not to continue to provide First Aid training, taking into account the following:
State, Territory and Federal Health Authorities advice (www.health.gov.au)
The Australian Resuscitation Council's recommendations and guidelines (www.resus.org.au)
SafeWork Australia's advice (www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au)
ASQA's advice (www.asqa.gov.au).
Specific concerns have also been raised about the transmission of the virus while performing ventilations on mannikins. The potential for transmission of the virus is significantly reduced if proper infection control procedures are followed, which involves excluding anyone who shows symptoms of the virus. The Assessment Requirements are clearly stated, and the performance of compressions and breaths must be demonstrated on a mannikin in order to make a determination of competency. It cannot be a demonstration of compressions only.
A reasonable adjustment may apply where a student states they will not put their mouth on the mannikin during breaths (even with a barrier device in place), in which case the student is required to demonstrate all aspects of giving breaths (i.e. head tilt and blowing to the side of the mannikin) while not actually blowing into the mouth of the mannikin. This reasonable adjustment is to only apply at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and only if the student requests exemption (i.e. on an exception basis only).
Further information may be found as follows:
The First Aid Companion Volume on page 11 clearly states that reasonable adjustment can be made to the assessment procedures, and RTO’s should ensure that 'the integrity of the Unit of Competency and/or qualification is upheld'.
In the case of ventilations used while performing CPR, the ARC guidelines found at ANZCOR Guideline 5 – Breathing are specific in the need to provide ventilations as well as the control of transmissible diseases during CPR.
RTOs should comply with the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019) and support the use of resuscitation barriers and other PPEs as required.
20 March 2020 - Source DHHS
Important Note: Please inform your Assessor if you are allergic to Latex. Please note that you must go through the pre-reading before and after these sessions and your assessor will ask questions to make sure that you have thoroughly understood and practically demonstrated.
As part of vigorous reminders from the Department of health on coronavirus - COVID-19 it is extremely important that you look after your own health & safety and safety of others, please note the following
You are not to attend if
1. If you have a body temperature of 37.5 degrees C and above or cold-related symptoms.
2. You have come in contact with anyone from overseas please visit your GP and seek medical advice and provide us with a medical clearance that you are okay to attend.
3. You have been overseas in the last 14 days prior to your course date. If you already had a scheduled booking, we will reschedule it after your quarantine period finishes. Please ensure you honestly provide us with true information and medical clearance.
4. You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should also stay at home (self-isolate) and not attend. You also are required to follow the 14 days after the last contact with the infected individual(s) quarantine process.
5. If you have been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days after attending our training must inform us.
6. We are very supportive as a team and will be happy to reschedule at no cost if students are required to self-quarantine as a result of COVD-19 concerns.
Upon arrival to the training room our Assessor(s) will talk to you on this important matter:
1. Guide you to appropriate hands wash area – washing hands for at least 20 sec and more with soap and following the right hand's hygiene practice.
2. During the training: If you show any such sign symptom you will be asked to leave. While you are still present.
Practice good respiratory hygiene:
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
Cough into your elbow.
Dispose of tissues.
Wash your hands with soap afterward.
3. You will be asked to complete a checklist to confirm you understand you are not the carrier of the COVID-19 virus and have abided by the DHHS obligations.
ASSURANCE FROM OUR ASSESSORS:
To reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus and to protect students our Assessors will ensure that we:
Will provide you with the hand sanitizer and encourage the students to use it frequently during the class session.
Will observe all federal requirements in relation to the indoor gatherings while ensuring the session size be reduced and capped to ensure a minimum of 4 square meters per student rule is effectively applied during delivery and also during the practical session.
On arrival will encourage the students to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and more.
We guide the student to go wash their hands again if the student touches their mouth, nose and face.
Including a good hygiene practice on first aid equipment and manikins’:
Students are encouraged to clean hands and wear gloves before the practical session.
Each student has always been provided a face shield during the practical session.
Before the start of the session the manikin will be wiped clean fully on the face chest and back, we also encourage students to do so before they begin practicing.
Due to the small grouping, we will be following as much hygiene using the manikin on the floor while no shoes will be allowed during floor time. (As shoes can be the transmitters and the area you access for the practical session is assessed for health and safety)
Upon completion of the class the manikins are always cleaned in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions, including wipe over the surface of the AED, EpiPen’s, Inhalers’ and Spacers’ after the session ends.
Wash all bandages after the session end.
Sources & Recommended reading
18 April 2019 – Source ASQA
Two important notices on HLTAID003 Provide First Aid or other first aid–related units.
1. HLTAID003 Provide First Aid or Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting: Heat stroke advice
Read the content of training on understanding first aid for hyperthermia.
Students attending the unit HLTAID003 Provide First Aid and HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting requires you to understand and acquire knowledge of the ‘principles and procedures for first aid management of … [scenarios including] … environmental impact, including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration and heat stroke’.
A recent Coroner’s decision in Western Australia included a recommendation that training provided to sports trainers and other first responders should be altered to incorporate recent approaches to treating heat-related illness, as outlined below in 'Heat stroke advice for sports trainers and coaches’.
ASQA will shortly be releasing the new version – But we ensure that all students attending HLTAID003 Provide First Aid and HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting unit take note especially if they are sports trainers and coaches’
you immediately review the guidance in ‘Heat stroke advice for sports trainers and coaches’ (see below)
you ensure that training your RTO provides on heat stroke aligns with this advice.
2. Reminder learners undertaking HLTAID003 Provide First Aid and other first aid-related units must demonstrate CPR on a manikin on the floor
All learners must demonstrate performing single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) ‘on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor’.
This requirement must be met in full and it is not appropriate for the manikin to be placed on a table or similar.
The First Aid Guide Companion Volume to the HLT Training Package (page 12) states:
‘It is important to note that the HLTAID competency standards do require a level of physical ability to meet the evidence requirements for assessment. These standards relate to the level of performance required to provide resuscitation and respond to an emergency situation where there may be risk to life.
Due to the potential risk to health and safety where a nominated first aider, or worker with duty of care, does not have the ability to perform resuscitation and/or first aid to the performance standard it is not appropriate to issue a statement of attainment to students who are physically unable to meet the assessment requirements.’
Heat stroke advice for sports trainers and coaches
Heat stroke is an uncommon but life-threatening complication of grossly elevated body temperature with exercise in heat stressed settings. Whilst heat stroke risk can be minimised by the use of predictive tools (e.g. Sports Medicine Australia’s UV Illness and Heat Guide), the risk cannot be fully eliminated.
Risk is highest with: high temperatures and/or high humidity and/or vigorous activity.
Symptoms and signs
In a heat stressed setting always suspect heat stroke if an athlete becomes acutely unwell or collapses, especially if they don’t recover promptly on lying flat with the legs elevated. Whilst there are many possible causes of such an acute illness or collapse, heat stroke is one of the most important.
The first signs of heat stroke show in the function of the brain and the nervous system.
Look for any of: confusion, incoherent speech, abnormal walking, coma or seizures.
The athlete’s skin may feel dry and hot, or sweaty—so the feel of the skin is not a useful sign. Similarly, on-field temperature measurement is unreliable, so don’t use this to rule in or rule out heat stroke.
If an ill athlete in a heat-stressed setting hasn’t rapidly responded to lying flat in the shade, there is no downside to assuming heat stroke is the problem and starting first aid.
Early recognition and rapid first aid cooling are the keys to recovery from heat stroke.
Actions to take in this order are:
STRIP the athlete of as much clothing as possible
SOAK with any available water
FAN vigorously by whatever means possible—improvise e.g. use a clipboard, bin lid.
When available, cool or ice water immersion is the most effective cooling means possible:
IMMERSE the athlete up to the neck in a cool or ice bath OR
COVER all of the body with ice water soaked towels that are changed frequently as an alternative if a bath isn’t available but ice is
CALL 000 to summon emergency services, but do so once you are certain first aid cooling is being implemented.
Remember it is early recognition and first aid in heat stroke that is critical to save a life.