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HLT51020 Diploma of Emergency Health Care

This qualification reflects the role of pre-hospital and out-of-hospital workers employed by State/Territory ambulance authorities, the Australian Defence Force and the private sector to provide patient assessment, healthcare and transport services.


These workers possess clinical skills and theoretical knowledge and provide clinical assessment and pre-hospital and out-of-hospital interventions to patients in an emergency, including providing advanced skills in life support.


This qualification applies to a variety of roles including ambulance officer and event medic.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 160 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.


New Workshops Available for Advanced Participants


About this Course

  • Are you proficient in resuscitation skills?

  • Do you have knowledge of current resuscitation guidelines and research?

  • Do you have the clinical skills to manage an adult cardiac arrest?

  • Are you expected to be a competent Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider?

The EMSET Advanced Life Support (ALS) one day course is based on ANZCOR Guidelines and best practice principles.


The course provides remote health clinicians/workforce with the skills required that contribute to a successful outcome after a cardiac arrest.


Clinicians will learn the importance of early rhythm recognition, CPR, defibrillation and post-resuscitation care in the context of a remote and isolated setting.

EMSET encourages health care clinicians to apply ALS knowledge and skills acquired within the context of the policies of their employing health service.

Who is this course for?

The ALS one day course is designed to facilitate a personalised learning experience for the remote and isolated clinician (Nurses, Midwives, Paramedics, and Medical Officers) who may be required to provide ALS. This ALS course is contextualised for the remote and isolated setting with limited resources. The one day face to face workshop enables clinicians to practice and develop their clinical skills in a simulated environment under the guidance of highly experienced ALS instructors.

EMSET recommends that ALS be completed every two years and suggest that BLS be completed prior to undertaking the ALS course.

If you have any queries about the course or its relevance to your practice, please contact us.

Course Deliv­ery

The EMSETAdvanced Life Sup­port one day course con­sists of the following:

  • Online pre-course learn­ing and assess­ments that must be com­plet­ed one week before the course:
    Advanced Life Sup­port online the­o­ry mod­ules and assess­ment — approx. 8 hours of study 

  • Atten­dance at a one day work­shop con­sist­ing of lec­tures, skill sta­tions and prac­ti­cal based scenarios

  • An indi­vid­ual sce­nario based assessment


On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, clin­i­cians will be able to:

  • Under­stand the impor­tant of ear­ly recog­ni­tion of a dete­ri­o­rat­ing patient using the ABCDE approach.

  • Deliv­er stan­dard­ised adult CPR fol­low­ing the ALS algorithm.

  • Man­age a car­diac arrest spe­cif­ic to rur­al and iso­lat­ed environments. 

  • Con­sid­er the rel­e­vant caus­es of a car­diopul­monary arrest in adults and treat reversible causes.

  • Main­tain high qual­i­ty CPR with min­i­mal interruptions. 

  • Prompt­ly recog­nise and treat shock­able and non-shock­able rhythms. 

  • Under­stand the post resus­ci­ta­tion care required.

  • Demon­strate accu­rate doc­u­men­ta­tion and com­mu­ni­cate a clear con­cise han­dover of find­ings and inter­ven­tions using the ISBAR approach

  • Under­stand the legal and eth­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions around ALS