Provide First Aid

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The Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM) has been producing industry-ready health practitioners since 1984.

This page contains key information about the Provide First Aid course, including its qualification, delivery, outline, assessment, cost and entry requirements.


People who successfully complete this course receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in:

Safe Work Australia and the Australian Resuscitation Council recommend first aid skills be renewed each 3 years and resuscitation skills (HLTAID009) each 12 months. Some industries may have their own requirements.


This course includes:

  • Self-paced online learning; and
  • A 4-hour in-person workshop at our campus in Haymarket.

Who It’s For

This course can be taken by any professionals or members of the public who seek first aid skills. The scenarios discussed in the course are often (but not exclusively) set in a health clinic.


This course encompasses training in the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the first aider.
  • Familiarity with the DRSABCD action plan and responding to emergency situations.
  • Management of unconscious casualties.
  • Techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Operation of a defibrillator (AED).
  • Awareness of legal issues associated with first aid.
  • Ensuring infection control.

Participants will also be trained to provide first aid in response to various emergency conditions, including:

  • Allergic reactions and anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Choking
  • Diabetes
  • Drowning
  • Envenomation
  • Eye injuries
  • Bone and muscle injuries
  • Head, neck and spinal injuries
  • Hypothermia and hyperthermia
  • Minor wounds
  • Nosebleeds
  • Poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Shock
  • Sharps injuries
  • Strokes


This course includes three assessments:

  • Multiple choice test (to be completed before the workshop).
  • Final practical exam (to be completed during the workshop).
  • Final theory exam (to be completed during the workshop).


The total cost of this course is $155 per person. A $15 discount is provided to current SITCM students and members of the NSW Association of Chinese Medicine.

Entry Requirements

This course is open to any Domestic* applicant who:

  • is physically able to perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on a manikin while kneeling; and
  • passes our short language and literacy quiz.

A Domestic applicant is either an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.