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Learning basic first aid skills and techniques will help you assist during any emergency. Basic first aid procedures can keep a casualty breathing, reduce their suffering and minimise the consequences of sudden illness or injury. Trained first aiders are an important component of today’s workforce, with the ability to approach emergency situations with confidence and administer treatment until emergency services arrive. In life-threatening emergencies, first aid intervention can make the difference between life and death. A basic first aid course is the best place to start your first aid journey.

What basic first aid course is best for me?

Basic first aid courses are somewhat misnamed, as the course attainments provide some of the most successful life saving procedures available. Most basic courses teach first aid essentials including airway management, assisted breathing techniques and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Other introductory first aid courses provide workplace-specific qualifications such as the ability to counteract the affects of asthma and anaphylaxis in young children.

The growth of Real Response in Sydney and Melbourne hasn’t been by chance. We are dedicated to provision of high quality training for beginner, intermediate and professional first aid officers. Our expansion of training initiatives includes a variety of introductory first aid courses that form the foundations of all first aid emergency response. We take the mystery out of first aid using simulation-based training methods that place you in the centre of the action even while learning, allowing you to graduate knowing that you can make a real difference should a genuine emergency arise.

What is involved in a basic first aid course?

A basic first aid course should provide learning that remains fresh and ready to be recalled. Unfortunately, statistics in Australia show a different result. 26% of Australians have undertaken a CPR course at some time, but only 4% of Australians are confident of recalling the procedures correctly when needed. Something is amiss, so Real Response was established in 2014 to bridge the divide using superior training methods. The change has been overwhelmingly positive, as noted in the appreciation of those whose lives have been saved as a result.


Basic first aid courses include easy to remember guidelines for approaching casualties, assessing the situation and providing first aid assistance. One of the most popular methods is called DRSABCD.

  • Danger – Always take the safety of yourself, bystanders and the injured person into consideration. Don’t put anyone in danger, including yourself, when assisting another person.
  • Response – Check the victim’s response to verbal and physical cues by talking to them, squeezing their hand or shoulder, and similar measures.
  • Send for help – Call triple zero (000) or ask a bystander to do so. Remain calm while answering questions from the emergency services operator.
  • Airway – Is the casualty’s airway clear? Can you detect breathing? If the casualty is conscious and responding with a clear airway, start assessing for injury symptoms. Unresponsive people who aren’t breathing require assisted breathing.
  • Breathing – Check for breathing in chest movements or by listening with your ear close to the victim’s mouth and nose. If the person is breathing, carefully move them into recovery position and monitor the situation until emergency services arrive.
  • CPR – For unconscious and unresponsive victims, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can make a life saving difference. This procedure alone saves more lives than any other first aid technique and is a valuable addition to any basic or advanced first aid skill set.
  • Defibrillator – Trained first aid officers have access to portable life saving devices. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is one of the most important, enabling first aiders to give victims of cardiac arrest the greatest chance of full recovery.


Where are basic first aid courses located in Sydney?

Real Response expansion includes reaching out to all people in Sydney city and suburban areas. Our simulations team will provide a training program that suits your work, school or community establishment. On-site simulation based first aid training is an enjoyable team boding experience, and an opportunity to investigate localised risk minimisation strategies. We also host basic first aid courses at our Sydney headquarters located at Level 3/50 York St, Sydney.

Real Response ‘Public Courses’ are another incredibly successful initiative, providing the opportunity for everyone to develop first aid and CPR skills. All our courses, including public courses, deliver nationally accredited first aid attainments. Sydney public first aid courses are held regularly at accessible venues around the city and suburbs.

Margaret Whitlam Recreation Centre, Waverly Park, Bondi Junction

Harry Todd Band Hall, Jubilee Lane, Harris Park

Ermington Community Centre, 8 River Rd, Ermington

Where are basic first aid courses located in Melbourne?

Our Melbourne based course instructors provide the same high level of training. We visit anywhere in the city and suburbs for tailored training, and welcome group learning at our dedicated first aid headquarters located at 3 Wellington St, St Kilda. Our headquarters doubles as the venue for public first aid training, with basic courses including Provide CPR (HLTAID009) and Provide First Aid (HLTAID011).

Make an enquiry today on 1300 744 980 or chat with our friendly online representative regarding basic first aid courses tailored just for you.

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