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St John Ambulance Australia (NSW)

Scouts NSW Division


Scouts' First Aid Team

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First Aid Classes

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The Team

The Scouts NSW Division of St John Ambulance Australia (NSW), also known as the Scouts' First Aid Team, teaches a wide variety of the First Aid classes available from St John Ambulance. The Trainers, who are all Scout or Guide Leaders, have all undertaken training by St John Ambulance, and teach the classes as members of St John Ambulance Australia (NSW).

Our aim is to teach you the knowledge and skills of First Aid so that you can confidently fulfil the role of First Aider if the unfortunate does occur. Your confidence to do that could mean the difference between life and death at an accident scene which you are the first to encounter. That difference might be achieved simply by ensuring that the casualty's airway is open. Remember: Any resuscitation is better than no resuscitation. There are lots of considerations; some are touched on in the Frequently Asked Questions section in FAQs.

The Classes we offer

Our team is accredited to teach the following classes :

Provide First Aid * is our most popular. It is recommended basic first aid training for all Scout and Guide Leaders, particularly when their duty of care is considered, and is required to hold any of the adventurous activities qualifications. There is a wide range of topics covered now, so the accent in Provide First Aid is the management of illness or injury until medical help is available, with the supposition that medical help from the Ambulance Service is readily available, say in ten to twenty minutes. As many Scouting and Guiding activities take us beyond ready access to Ambulance, Leaders should consider the Remote Area First Aid class, which may be more appropriate to their circumstances.

Note: (*) 'Apply First Aid' replaced 'Senior First Aid'. The National competency gained is the same, 'HLTFA311A Apply First Aid'. More lately, 'Apply First Aid' has been superseded by 'Provide First Aid (HLTAID003 Provide First Aid)'.

Provide First Aid is a modular package, with the first half day devoted to Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and the first whole day covering the syllabus of Emergency Life Support. Those seeking these qualifications can enrol in any of our two-day Provide First Aid classes, marking their enrolment "CPR Only" or "ELS Only", and stay for just that component of the class. The appropriate class fees are displayed on our Fees page.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Refresher: Though Provide First Aid and Emergency Life Support qualifications have three-year expiries, it is suggested the CPR techniques be practised annually. If you would like to have some practice, contact us to arrange a time. In Sydney North Region or The Greater Western Sydney Region, contact the Chairman (contacts: see the foot of the page). In South Metropolitan Region, contact Michael Turner or David Shaw (contacts: see South Metropolitan Region (SMR) Classes).

Emergency Life Support is an appropriate class for Scouts and Guides (generally 11 to 14 years of age) as it covers the material most relevant to them and leads to a National qualification with a currency of three years. See the Emergency Life Support page for more information. Adults can also join our Emergency Life Support classes, and parents of Scouts and Guides can accompany their offspring to a class, and gain the skills and qualification for themselves.

Provide First Aid is the best choice for those fourteen or fifteen years of age. Maturity and strength considerations arise also. See the Provide First Aid - Two Days page for more information.

There is a one-day Provide First Aid class called 'PR1', available both as a first class in First Aid or to those updating a previous qualification. This involves private study beforehand by completing a work book or e-learning sessions, followed by one full day of assessments without further training. Candidates undertaking this class will be provided with the work book or the details required for online access. See the Provide First Aid - One Day page.

Remote Area First Aid is the class we promote as being the most appropriate to Scouting and Guiding Leaders. It covers the sustained management of illness or injury while remote from further medical aid. It is now a three-day class, and candidates must be current in Provide First Aid, which is updated on the first day. Because it covers some sensitive issues like death in the field and management of incontinence, Remote Area First Aid is not the class one would recommend to Scouts or the younger Venturers. The better option for the older Scout or younger Venturer is the Provide First Aid class, and to return to us for the Remote Area First Aid class later when the Provide First Aid comes due for renewal, when the person is 16 – 18.

St John Ambulance only allows us to teach Remote Area First Aid to members and affiliates of Scouts Australia and Guides Australia. Others seeking a Remote Area First Aid class should approach St John Ambulance.

The Advanced Life Support class, previously comprising Analgesic Administration, Automated External Defibrillation and Advanced Resuscitation, is no longer available. Instead, the new Advanced Resuscitation class covers Advanced Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation, and the new separate Pain Management class offers a more comprehensive coverage than the previous Administration of Analgesic Gases (Nitrous Oxide and Methoxyfluorane) class. The Advanced Resuscitation and Pain Management qualifications are each valid for one year. We schedule these classes each year in early February, and most of our Trainers update their skills annually by attending. Others are welcome, and we generally have some members of our First Aid Support Team (FAST) adding to their skills. There may be other Advanced Resuscitation classes scheduled, particularly as components of Advanced First Aid classes.

Anaphylaxis Training is a class which we don't schedule as such, but can teach on demand. It covers the recognition and management of a severe allergic reaction. Any Leader with a child having a peanut allergy, for instance, should seek Anaphylaxis Training not only for himself or herself, but for fellow Leaders and for parents in the Group. Seeonees and Mindaris might seek Anaphylaxis Training for their group. Anaphylaxis Training takes two hours, and can take place on the group meeting night, if convenient. Please contact the Chairman of the First Aid Team. (The Chairman's contacts are displayed at the foot of the page.)

Advanced First Aid is a four-day class covering the scope of Provide First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation and Advanced First Aid. The Advanced First Aid component extends the Provide First Aid content with added depth, and covers triage, casualty monitoring, safe movement and handling.

Scout First Aid Badge

Scouting members qualified in Emergency Life Support or higher (including Apply First Aid, Provide First Aid, Remote Area First Aid, and Advanced First Aid) are entitled to wear the Scout First Aid Badge (illustrated above; Snowgum product code 52443). In the list of the Competencies, Requirements and Content of our classes (below), a miniature image of the Scout First Aid Badge is shown alongside each of the classes that qualify for it.

This badge is worn 1cm up from the lower edge of the right sleeve of the uniform.

The Scout First Aid Badge is available:

  • from the Scout Shop Online, by logging in as a Leader with your 'Scout Central' credentials, and then entering the links for 'Badges' and 'Leader' in the left-hand column, and

  • from the Scout Shop at Port Kembla* NSW, who will require a photocopy of your First Aid certificate before they will supply the badge.

    Note (*): For the Scout Shop at Port Kembla, see Scouting Retailers – NSW.

Those with lesser First Aid qualifications (such as Preliminary First Aid) or expired qualifications are not eligible to wear the Scout First Aid Badge.


Assessments are completed within the class times.

In Anaphylaxis and Pain Management (PPM), the assessment is progressive: candidates are assessed on their performance of tasks as they occur through the class.

In Advanced Resuscitation (PAR), there is a CPR assessment, and a progressive assessment of other skills and knowledge.

In Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (PCP – full class, and PCR – recertification), there is a CPR assessment on adult and infant manikins.

In Provide First Aid (PR1 and PR2), Emergency Life Support (ELS), and Remote Area First Aid (PRS), there are several assessments, skills-based and knowledge-based: requiring the candidate to show competence in CPR on adult and child manikins, wound management, casualty management and in a multiple-choice theory paper.

CPR Assessment

  • Perform effective CPR on an adult-sized manikin for two minutes and perform effective CPR on an baby-sized manikin for two minutes. The CPR on the adult manikin must be with the manikin on the floor. The infant manikin may be on a hard surface, a counter, desk or table, or on the first aider's arm.

  • Perform one defibrillation sequence using a defibrillator trainer.

  • Follow the St John DRSABCD Action Plan during the resuscitation scenarios

  • Candidates are assessed practically in line with Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines

  • Results are recorded against items on the answer sheet. There are checks for correct hand position, effective compressions, effective ventilation, correct ratio of compressions to breaths and correct CPR rate.

Wound Management Assessment

  • Candidates are to individually demonstrate competence in the cleaning of a wound using saline solution.

Casualty Management Assessment

  • Candidates are to lead their teams through the given casualty management scenario

  • Casualty management should reflect St John First Aid procedures

  • Results are recorded against items on the answer sheet. There are checks that the ambulance has been called, the casualty's consent has been gained, the DRSABCD Action Plan has been followed, infection control practices are correct (such as using gloves), checking the casualty's breathing, controlling blood loss, managing shock, secondary assessment and the casualty is monitored and reassured. There are further checks specific to each scenario.

Knowledge Assessment: multiple choice theory examination of various number of questions according to class

  • Assesses key topics from the curriculum

  • Closed book assessment

  • Competency requires a perfect score: 100% correct answers. However, limited extra attempts may be offered.

  • Alternative arrangements are available on request, eg. verbal assessment.

We will show you the right answers before you leave, so that you leave confidently knowing the correct responses.

In each case, candidates must achieve competency in each of the assessments to gain the qualification. If you are unable to meet the physical requirements of the practical assessments, you may be eligible to receive a letter of attendance.

After the class, the Trainer sends the class papers with results and the administration papers to St John Ambulance by post. Processing by St John generally takes about a week, but can take more when their work load is heavy. So expect your certificates about three weeks after the class.

Candidates may appeal the assessment decision as outlined in the St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) Code of Practice. In the first instance, contact the Bookings Secretary.

Competencies, Requirements and Content

Classes (alphabetical order)



Entry Requirements


Advanced First Aid

Scout First Aid Badge

HLTAID006 Provide Advanced First Aid,

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid,

HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation,

HLTAID002 Provide Basic Emergency Life Support,

HLTAID007 Provide Advanced Resuscitation,

22101VIC Automated External Defibrillation,

Advanced First Aid and Provide First Aid valid three years,

Provide Advanced Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation valid one year

Four Days

Current Provide First Aid,

Age >= 18 years

Advanced Resuscitation

HLTAID007 Provide Advanced Resuscitation,

HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation,

22101VIC Automated External Defibrillation,

each valid one year

6 – 7 hours

Current Provide First Aid,

Age >= 14 years

St John PAR

Anaphylaxis Training

(Combined Asthma and Anaphylaxis)

22099VIC First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis,

22282VIC Course in the Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies in the Workplace

3 hours


St John ANA

Provide First Aid / Recertification

   / ... by e-Learning

Scout First Aid Badge

HLTAID001 Provide CPR, valid one year,

HLTAID002 Provide Basic Emergency Life Support, valid three years,

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid, valid three years

Two Days

(14 – 18 hours)

/ One Day

(7 – 9 hours)

Age >= 14 years, unless with written parental permission

St John PR2

St John PR1

Automated External Defibrillation

22101VIC Automated External Defibrillation,

HLTCPR211A - Perform CPR,

valid one year

4 hours

Age >= 14 years

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)

HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation,

valid one year

Half Day

(4 hours)

Age >= 14 years, unless with written parental permission

St John PCP

Emergency Life Support

Scout First Aid Badge

HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation,

HLTAID002 Provide Basic Emergency Life Support,

valid three years

One Day

(7 – 9 hours)

Age >= 14 years, unless with written parental permission

Pain Management

PUAEME005A Pain Management

4 hours

Current Provide First Aid,

Age >= 18 years

St John PPM

Remote Area First Aid

Scout First Aid Badge

HLTAID005 Provide First Aid in Remote Situations, including Alpine, Desert, Marine, Rural/Remote, and Tropical Environments, valid three years

Three Days

Current Provide First Aid,

Age >= 14 years

Suggest >= 15 years

Member or affiliate of Scouts Australia or Guides Australia

St John PRS

The remaining classes the Scouts' First Aid Team does not teach as a Team (though some of our Trainers do) are Caring For Kids, Family First Aid, Industrial First Aid, Introduction to Sports First Aid, Motorcycle First Aid, and Occupational First Aid.

A compact list of our classes

  – to assist Leaders planning their programs:

Note: The version dates below are shown in bold red text if less than a week old, or in normal red text if more than a week and less than a month old.

For help with PDF files, see the Links page.

The schedules of classes of the particular class types are shown on other pages of this site, accessible by the links at the top.

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Enquiries about First Aid classes and bookings:
Contact St John Ambulance Australia (NSW)
by calling 02 9745 8888

(or 1300 360 455, if calling from outside
the Sydney Metropolitan Area)
and asking for Scout First Aid courses.

St John Customer Service personnel
will take bookings by telephone between
8:00am and 5:00pm on week days,
and between 8:30am and 1:00 pm on Saturdays.

To complete the emergency contact section of the E1 form,
enter the Chairman of our Team, John Crowley,
as the Emergency Contact.
His mobile telephone number is 0409 393 215.

Enquiries about First Aid support
or other First Aid related matters:

Please telephone The Chairman, John Crowley MStJ,
on 02 9874 4852 or 0409 393 215 (best contact)

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Written correspondence:
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Scouts NSW Division
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