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Wilderness First Aid Course

HLTAID005 Provide first aid in remote situations

RTOID 3605

This course provides the knowledge and skills to perform first aid in remote situations where medical attention or assistance is delayed and the First Aider may be required to attend to an injured or ill person for an extended period due to inclement weather or geographical obstacles such as an isolated location or rough terrain.

The course gives students the skills and knowledge to provide First Aid response, life support and management of person(s), the incident and other First Aiders in remote situations until the arrival of medical or other assistance.  

The course can also be adapted or modified for organisations or groups with specific remote requirements.

Course duration

2 days - 8:30 am - 5 pm (daily)


This course requires that students must have previously achieved HLTAID003 Provide first aid within the last 6 months. Current certificate to be provided at the time of enrolment.

Course content

The Fundamentals

  • Preparation
  • Contingency planning
  • Equipment
  • Creativity in first aid
  • Risk Assessment
  • Access and egress
  • Communication equipment
  • Remote area (long term) management
  • Prevention
  • Clean Water
  • Safety in extreme climates
  • Emergency shelters
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Positioning and moving a casualty
    • Immobilisation techniques
    • Manual handling
    • Pain management
  • Accident and Injury Protocol
  • Evacuation
  • In Case of Death
  • Reporting
  • In the field scenarios
  • Triage
  • Evacuation
  • In the field scenarios (Day 2)


Entry to this course requires recent (within 6 months) achievement of HLTAID003 Provide first aid.  


The recommended industry standard to maintain current competency is for this course to be refreshed every 3 years.


Students will be assessed through the demonstration of practical skills, participation in role plays and remote area simulations, analysis of case studies, written practical tasks and a written test.


On successful completion of this remote first aid course, students will be issued with a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for HLTAID005 Provide first aid in remote situations.

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