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First aid involves timely response to emergencies and immediate care of sick and injured people. Trained first aiders apply a range of procedures and techniques that offer care when accidents and injuries occur, often making the difference between life and death during high-risk, low-frequency emergencies. More than ever, first aid intervention is a valuable link in the life saving chain, where casualties are addressed and monitored prior to the arrival of emergency services personnel.

The potential for first aid to save lives has improved dramatically during recent years. Procedures utilise state of the art medical equipment including automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for assisting cardiac arrest victims, and adrenaline auto-injectors that counteract severe allergic reactions experienced by a growing number of Australians. Real Response was established in late 2014 to bridge the gap between first aid qualifications and genuine competence to assist vulnerable people in emergency situations, and the results are appreciated by industry experts, employers, and the individuals whose lives have been saved.

Basic principles of first aid include:

  • Safe response to emergencies for the benefit of casualties, bystanders and rescuers
  • Securing the emergency site to reduce further harm to the casualty
  • Using appropriate first aid procedures and techniques
  • Safely moving the casualty, minimising pain and helping stabilise the condition
  • Providing reassurance and guidance to the casualty
  • Communication with bystanders and emergency services personnel
  • Acting in accord with first aid protocol and workplace guidelines

What should be included in a first aid kit?

Every trained first aider should have access to a first aid kit. Accidents and injuries are inevitable anywhere people gather, while health and safety standards are increasingly prioritised in Australian workplaces, schools and community settings. First aid kits contain basic elements for dealing with common injuries, along with accessories to ensure both casualty and first aider are protected. General first aid kits contain several items, including:

  • Gloves
  • Dressings
  • Antiseptic
  • Face Shield for CPR

Industry standard workplace first aid kits contain additional items for a tailored response, such as those required to treat burns victims. First aid equipment and devices should be stored and maintained appropriately, and can be expanded upon as part of a dedicated first aid room for addressing wide-ranging injuries. Real Response courses include options for on-site training, localised risk and hazard minimisation, employee education and the establishment of a first aid room.


What occupational first aid course is held in Sydney?

Real Response expansion includes delivery of essential courses throughout Sydney. These include courses specifically designed for leading first aid officers in the workplace who are dedicated to overseeing first aid equipment and delivering timely emergency response. Occupational first aid covers various areas of competency including Provide Advanced First Aid (HLTAID014), Provide Advanced Resuscitation (HLTAID015), and Manage First Aid Services and Resources (HLTAID016).

The skills and knowledge attained empower first aid leaders with the ability to undertake workplace risk assessments, establish first aid facilities and protocol, and direct other first aiders in the workplace. Occupational First Aid is valuable for all employment fields including:

  • Building and office management
  • Construction workers
  • Manufacturing and warehouse workers
  • Remote employment
  • Mining, transport and aviation

The Occupational First Aid attainments are highly regarded by employers who expect a safe and secure work environment for all employees and visitors. The qualifications carry a weight of responsibility suitable for people who are attracted to leadership roles, workplace promotion, additional workplace responsibilities, and overall job satisfaction.


Sydney course locations

Real Response training methods are changing the face of first aid delivery in Sydney. Our courses utilise enhanced simulation based training familiar to paramedics, medical professionals and the military, where ‘learning by doing’ results in capabilities far beyond the reach of traditional deskbound learning. Real Response course graduates are ready, willing and able to respond in a timely manner to any accident or emergency the moment training is complete.

Courses can be undertaken at our Sydney Headquarters located at Level 3/50 York St, Sydney, or at the venue of your choice for tailored course delivery. Our simulations experts travel all around Sydney for industry-specific first aid training to empower employers and employees with high level first aid capabilities. Our courses are a team bonding experience, providing greater capacity to respond to any emergency in workplace, school and community settings. The basic principles of first aid become life saving attainments when delivered by highly experienced and professional Real Response course instructors.

Real Response also holds ‘Public Courses’ for individuals and groups who want to make a difference in the lives of those around them. The public courses at Parramatta and Bondi are extremely popular and delivered at regular intervals during the year. Real Response public courses including Provide CPR (HLTAID009) and Provide First Aid (HLTAID011) introduce newcomers to all essential basic principles of first aid. Courses are held at:

  • Lake Parramatta Reserve, Illawong Drive, North Parramatta
  • School of Arts building, 138 Bondi Road, Bondi
  • Waverly Park, St. Mary’s Avenue, Bondi

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