HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care 

Become part of the new frontier for     Pre-Hospital Care - Event Medicine

The HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care is a nationally recognised and highly-respected qualification. It is fully endorsed by the Australian government and recognised in every state in Australia


HLT51020 Diploma of Emergency Health Care

Become part of the new frontier for Pre-Hospital Care - Event Medicine

The  HLT51020  –  Diploma  of  Emergency  Health  Care   qualification   reflects   the   role   of   pre-hospital and  out-of-hospital  workers  employed   by   the   private   sector   to   provide   patient  assessment,  health care and transport services.


This is the new option - Event Medicine, fast becoming a sub specialty of emergency medicine


This course is written for Australian emergency care providers including emergency nurses, pre‐hospital care providers, nurse practitioners, general practice nurses, emergency medical technicians and allied health practitioners including occupational therapists and physiotherapists who are caring for trauma patients.


This course uses the Emergency Care on the Streets textbook, the patient journey from pre-hospital to definitive care. Using a body systems approach, the course provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of adult and paediatric emergencies. Implications for clinical practice is supported by professional practice, clinical skills, research, evidence based practice, and legal, ethical and cultural issues.


Clinical assessment, physiology, management and rationale for intervention of common and not so common emergency presentations are also covered, with each section of the course providing clear and relevant examples for Paramedics.


The book Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets brings together a team of highly respected clinical practitioners and academics to deliver the most up-to-date text dealing with the practical procedures and evidence experienced by emergency and trauma care providers every day and compliment this course fully.


This course provides you with the skills required by state ambulance authorities and non-emergency transport companies to deliver patient care and transport services. Requirements vary from state to state.









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Blended Course





On-line Study

in your own



Packaging Rules

17 units must be completed:

  • 9 core units

  • 8 elective units, consisting of:

  • at least 4 units from the electives listed below,

  • up to 4 units from the electives listed below or from any other current endorsed Training Package or accredited course.


The selection of electives must be relevant to the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification.


Core units

CHCDIV001       Work with diverse people

CHCLEG001      Work legally and ethically

HLTAAP002       Confirm physical health status

HLTINF001        Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

HLTOUT001       Implement safe access and egress

HLTOUT005       Assess and deliver standard clinical care

HLTOUT010       Communicate in complex situations to support health

HLTWHS002      Follow safe work practices for direct client care

HLTWHS006      Manage personal stressors in the work environment


Elective units 

BSBMED301     Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately

CHCCCS020     Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

CHCPRP003      Reflect on and improve own professional practice

HLTOUT006      Transport emergency patients

HLTOUT007      Transport non-emergency patients under operational conditions

HLTOUT008      Manage a scene

HLTOUT009      Manage the scene of a major incident

HLTWHS005      Conduct manual tasks safely


Mode of Delivery will be:​

X   Combination (online, classroom delivery in the workplace)


On completion of the Diploma, you will be qualified to work in a variety of different roles in the industry including:

  • Emergency Services Officer

  • Industrial Medic

  • Advanced Life Support

  • Ambulance Transport Attendant

  • Emergency medical technician

  • Private Patient Transport Officer

  • Emergency Patient Transport Officer

  • Emergency Medical Technician


The health care industry is the fastest growing industry for employment in Australia at the moment.


With the privatisation of many sectors, there has been a steady increase meaning the opportunities to get working sooner are there for you.


Entry Requirement:

Applicants are required to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Training Manager that they:

  • Are capable of successfully completing the course.

  • Hold a current full, unrestricted Australian State or Territory Driver’s License.

  • Have a Police check undertaken?

  • Have no known physical restrictions.

Applicants may be required to undertake some pre course testing and complete a medical and/or physical capacity test prior to some subjects and/or practical components.


Recognition of prior Learning may be available based on skills and knowledge acquired by the applicant through previous study, as in articulation, formal and informal Training, or from work and/or life experiences. The student is responsible for all costs incurred in providing the required information for entry into the course, the medical and/or physical capacity if required. Students must be over 18 years of age to enroll in this course. Prior to commencing vocational placement students may be required to satisfy requirements relating to a criminal history check, Suitability Card and vaccinations and hold an appropriate first aid certificate.


Selection Procedures/Selection Criteria:

Applicants are to provide the following:

  • Completed Application / Enrollment Form

  • Certified copies of relevant qualifications

  • 3 Referees

  • Copies of a current full, unrestricted Australian State or Territory Driver’s License and

  • Police check (note this can take up to 4 weeks to complete) & WWC working with Children Check

Guaranteed on the Job Training program

We have in place a placement arrangement with EMS Event Medical.

EMS Education & Training guarantees to provide students with a dedicated work experience placement program through our sister company EMS Event Medical.


This placement program consists of attendance at special events and sporting fixtures and access to ongoing mentoring and senior paramedic support.


Students will gain a comprehensive understanding and experience related to the prehospital, event and entertainment services and have the opportunity to apply their learned skills in real life situations


Course Structure

  • 1768 hours (44-53 weeks) Part-time over 12 months + 160 hours Clinical Practicum

  • The course is delivered over 53 Blocks of study plus a one day per week clinical and a block of clinical practicum at the completion of the 53 blocks.

  • Clinical can be in an ED or working at events etc. as a trainee event medic.

  • This is a full fee-paying course.

  • This course is offered on a part time basis only

  • Trainers and assessors should recommend that students have a reliable computer, printer, Internet access (preferably broadband), MS Office and a PDF reader.

  • Subject’s fees do not include computers, printers, software and Internet access.

  • Students will be advised one (1) month prior to the commencement of a subject of the dates and location of compulsory lectures for each subject.


Exit Strategies:

  • Statements of Attainment are issued for all units undertaken on request to the training manager - these completed blocks will be mapped to the units completed

  • Diploma of Emergency Health Care after 17 units


Educational & Support Services

In accordance with the Standards for RTOs 2015, at a minimum, support should include:

  • Identifying particular requirements (such as literacy, numeracy, English language or physical capabilities) learners would need to complete each course, and

  • Developing strategies to make support available where gaps are identified. This may include providing:

  • Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) support

  • Assistive technology

  • Additional tutorials, and/or

  • Other mechanisms, such as assistance in using technology for on-line delivery components


Pathways Information:

Diploma can lead to further study within Paramedical Studies including the Bachelor of Paramedical Practice.


Licensing/Regulatory Information:

Not Applicable


Employability Skills Summary:

The Employability Skills Summary for this qualification can be accessed from the training.gov.au website at the following link: www.training.edu.au OR The Following Foundation Skills will be developed through this course




Student Requirements

Students are required to have

  • Stethoscope

  • Blood Pressure Cuff


Students will be advised prior to the commencement of a subject of any additional resources required for that subject.