SMA is registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority. SMA delivers this unit in every state and territory of Australia except South Australia.

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

Units To Be Delivered

This program has been designed to meet the requirements of PUAEME004A Provide Emergency Care for Suspected Spinal Injury.

Prerequisites Required

Students must hold current qualifications in one of:

  • HLTFA211A Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
  • HLTFA311A Apply First Aid Statement of Attainment
  • HLTAID002 Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid.


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 at least 16 years old. 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 USI to receive a qualification/statement of attainment for this unit. USI will provide access to an online record of training since January 1, 2015 and allow comprehensive training transcripts to be produced More. An enrolling student should enter their existing USI.

If you do not have a USI, please click here to create one in a new window (takes about 3 minutes).

Delivery Mode/Duration

Mode 1: Face-to-face learning

For students who do not hold a current Provide Emergency Care for Suspected Spinal Injury PUAEME004A Statement of Attainment or are a first time student to this unit:

  • 4 hours face-to-face training and assessment.


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 multiple choice assessment task, either as a group exercise or individually, with a 100% pass rate required.

Course Resources

Students are provided with a link to the online learning program via email upon registration or 10 working days before commencement of the course. Students are required to undertake this pre-learning prior to attending the face-to-face training. Students DO NOT need to print out a completion certificate as SMA has access to the online learning portal. The following learning resources are provided to students during class and face-to-face sessions:

  • PowerPoint presentation that is interactive, includes videos and is customised to include real life first aid and Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation examples and scenarios.
  • 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.

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 too discuss their needs.

Behaviour Expectations

SMA endeavours to provide a learning environment which is supportive of group and individual learning. To achieve this requires support 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 staff.


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