PUAEME004A – Provide Emergency Care for Suspected Spinal Injuries

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About SMA

SMA is registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority http://training.gov.au/Organisation/Details/110086. SMA has a branch in every State and Territory within Australia. This unit is delivered in every state and territory expect SA.

Units to be delivered

This program has been designed to meet the requirements of PUAEME004A Provide Emergency Care for Suspected Spinal Injury. Upon successful completion of all assessment tasks participants will receive a statement of attainment for PUAEME004A Provide Emergency Care for Suspected Spinal Injury.


Upon completion of this training, students will receive Statements of Attainment for PUAEME004A, within 30 Days as per Australian Skills Quality Authority regulations of successful course completion.

SMA issue Statements of Attainment via PDF and or hard copy. Certificate are provided to the student either at the completion of the course or on average within 10 business days of successful course completion.


To enrol in this program students must be a minimum of 16 years old. Children under 16 may be accepted upon application to the local SMA state branch in which the course is been held. This is to ensure that the student has the necessary skills to undertake the training and assessment requirements of the training. This is assessed on a case by case basis.

Prerequisites Required

To enrol in this program students must be the holder of a current HLTAID003 Provide First Aid.


If you are a new or continuing student undertaking nationally recognized training, you need a USI in order to receive your qualification or statement of attainment for this unit.

Your USI will give you access to an online record of the training you have done since 1 January 2015. You will also be able to produce a comprehensive transcript of your training. This can be used when applying for a job, seeking a credit transfer or demonstrating pre-requisites when undertaking further training. For more details or to create a USI number visit https://www.usi.gov.au/about

Delivery Mode / Duration

Face–to-Face learning

This mode is for students who do not hold a current Provide Emergency Care for Suspected Spinal Injury PUAEME004A Statement of Attainment or are a first time leaner to this unit.

  • 4 hours, Face-to-Face training and assessment and theoretical workbook.  Students will be given the workbook to fill in within the class room training.


The PUAEME004A Provide Emergency Care for Suspected Spinal Injury has no recommended renewal date against the unit of competency, however full training is recommended to maintain industry currency and requirements, which includes 4 hours, Face-to-Face training and assessment every 12 months.

  • 4 hours, Face-to-Face training and assessment. No workbook required however students have the option to complete this to refresh their knowledge.


Students will be assessed individually and in group activities. Students will need to display competency in all

Students assessment is conducted using a range of methods:

1. Scenario assessment

The student is required to demonstrate the essential skills and knowledge to respond to a range of first aid or emergency situations. This includes scenarios aligned the performance criteria required for this program.

2. Recognition of Suspected Spinal Injury through casualty assessment procedures:

The student will recognise anatomy, mechanism of injury and the signs and symptoms of the casualty as per Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines.

3. Demonstration of Suspected Spinal Injury Management techniques

As an individual and within a group environment, students are required to demonstrate competency in a range Suspected Spinal injury scenarios involving conscious and unconscious casualties.

Course Outline / Delivery

This course is delivered using blended learning and include a range of theoretical and practical tasks. Learners are required to participate in all elements of the course, providing them with the opportunity to practice and refine their skills prior to assessment. This course structure involves the use of simulated scenarios which reflect real life situations occurring in the community and workplace settings.  This is intended to allow the students to demonstrate application of their skills and knowledge as is required in the training package instructions.

The following outline demonstrates the content covered in the classroom environment. A more detailed course outline is provided via the training calendar for the individual course.

  • Anatomy
  • Mechanism of injury / Signs and symptoms
  • Practical scenarios involving the assessment and management of Suspected Spinal injuries
  • Injury Reporting
  • Workbook Assessment

Course Resources

SMA provides the following resources for the student during the class sessions as learning resources:

  • Power Point – This presentation is interactive with videos and customised to include examples and scenarios that are relevant to the real life first aid and CPR emergencies which the student may face providing them with the skills and confidence to respond to a situation where emergency life support or basic first aid may be required.

SMA provide the following equipment for use during the face to face training for the student to undertake scenario based assessment.

  • cervical collars
  • scoop stretchers
  • spine boards and strapping
  • stokes baskets
  • workplace injury, trauma and/or illness record, or other appropriate workplace incident report form for written reports

SMA Trainers/Assessors

SMA draws on its network of professional sports trainers, sports doctors, physiotherapists, and other health care professionals to deliver and assess Safer Sport Program courses.

SMA trainers are required to hold:

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110, its successor, or an industry related  education qualification
  • Vocational competencies to a minimum of the unit which they are delivering / assessing.
  • 50 hours’ professional experience / practice within a relevant industry context
  • Current working with vulnerable people card
  • Current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning
  • Evidence of recent vocational and training, learning and assessment professional development

Special needs and LLN reasonable adjustment

Student(s) participating in training may have special needs.  Where these needs are identified before the enrolment process the SMA state office will explore the options available to the student through the training and assessment. These may include but not limited to students with language, literacy and/or numeracy problems, or disabilities.

A certain level of language, literacy and numeracy requirements are needed to undertake this course. Specifically, students would need the ability to: Prepare a written incident report or provide information to enable preparation of an incident report (e.g. a first aid report); Communicate effectively and assertively in an incident; Use literacy and numeracy skills as required to read, interpret and apply guidelines and protocols.

Students also require appropriate level of senses (hearing, vision, smell) to make accurate reports, check for dangers and apply appropriate injury management strategies.

If a person with a disability meets essential entry requirements, SMA will work with the student to make “reasonable adjustments” necessary for that student to perform their coursework.

These reasonable adjustments may include:

  • Changing methods of how assessment is conducted, in order achieve desired competency whilst still adhering to required performance and /or knowledge evidence required such as verbal recorded assessment rather than written.
  • Changing course delivery. For example, providing study notes or research materials in different formats; providing ability to have support personnel with them in class.

Behaviour Expectations

SMA endeavours to provide a learning environment, which is supportive of group and individual learning. This requires support from all participants, presenters and course convenors.

It is therefore expected that students will behave in a manner which is respectful of fellow students and Sports Medicine staff.


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Course Validation

The materials for this course have been through a validation process involving several key experienced stakeholders and industry experts.

Validation is part of the continuous improvement strategy of SMA and regular validation and moderation activities occur within each branch. Feedback is imperative to the success and overall experience of the student and students are provided with the student engagement form on completion of the course to provide feedback on the spot of their experience.

NOTE: Please be aware that for training activity before 1 January 2017, training organizations delivering single day training courses will be permitted to issue a VET qualification or a VET statement of attainment to students who have not been able to provide a USI before completion of training.

Please note that students who are unable to provide a USI, that their training outcome will not be recorded on their USI account and will not be available in future years as part of the authenticated USI transcript service.

Sports Medicine Australia is a Registered Training Organisation – National Provider Number 110086.