Course Outline

This course is delivered using blended learning and includes theoretical and practical tasks. Students are required to participate in all course elements, providing them an opportunity to practice and refine their skills prior to assessment. The course structure involves simulated real life scenarios which could appear in the community and/or workplace settings. This allows students to demonstrate application of their skills and knowledge. The following outlines the content to be covered in the classroom environment:

  • Anatomy
  • Mechanism of injury/signs and symptoms
  • Practical scenarios involving the assessment and management of Suspected Spinal Injuries
  • Injury reporting
  • Workbook assessment

Prerequisites Required

Students must hold current qualifications in one of:


Upon completing this training, students will receive a Statement of Attainment for PUAEME004A within 30 days via PDF and/or hard copy, as per the Australian Skills Quality Authority regulations of successful course completion.


To enrol, students must be a minimum of 16 years of age. Children under 16 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis upon application to their local SMA state branch (in the state where the course is to be held). This ensures the student has the necessary skills to undertake training and assessment requirements.


New or continuing students undertaking nationally recognised training need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to receive a qualification/statement of attainment for this unit.

Your USI will provide you with access to an online record of your training since 1 January 2015 and allow comprehensive training transcripts to be produced. To find out more about USIs, click here. Enrolling students should enter their existing USI to proceed with enrolment.

If you do not have a USI, or want to verify your USI number, please visit the Australian Government’s USI website here (takes 3 minutes to create a USI) .

Students who do not provide a valid USI will be deemed an incomplete enrolment. Students who do not complete the enrolment process and provide a valid USI within 15 business days of the course date, will be unenrolled.

Course Duration

  • 4 hours face-to-face practical workshop.


Students will be assessed individually and in group activities. Students need to display competency in all assessable elements to successfully complete the unit package PUAEME004A accreditation. Assessment is conducted using the following methods:

  • Scenario assessment– Students are required to demonstrate the essential skills and knowledge to respond to a range of first aid or emergency situations, including scenarios aligned with the performance criteria required for this program.
  • Recognition of Suspected Spinal Injury through casualty assessment procedures– Students will recognise anatomy, mechanism of injury and the signs and symptoms of the casualty as per Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines.
  • Demonstration of Suspected Spinal Injury Management techniques– Students are required to demonstrate, individually and within a group, competency in a range Suspected Spinal Injury scenarios involving conscious and unconscious casualties.
  • Written questions– Students must complete a written assessment task, either as a group exercise or individually, with a 100% pass rate required.

Course Resources

The following learning resources are provided to students during class and face-to-face sessions:

  • PowerPoint presentation that is interactive, and customised to include real-life first aid and Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation examples and scenarios.
  • Cervical collars.
  • Scoop stretchers.
  • Spine boards and strapping.
  • Workplace injury, trauma and/or illness record, or other appropriate workplace incident report form for written reports.

Special Needs and LLN Reasonable Adjustment

Sports Medicine Australia recognises that students participating in its training courses may have special needs. These may include but are not limited to students with language, literacy and/or numeracy problems, or disabilities. Students with special needs should contact us prior to enrolment to discuss their needs.

Behaviour Expectations

SMA endeavours to provide a learning environment which is supportive of group and individual learning. To achieve this, support is required from all students, presenters and course convenors. It is therefore expected that students will behave in a manner which is respectful of fellow students and Sports Medicine Australia staff.


Please read and be familiar with all our training policies.