PUAEME004 – Provide Emergency Care for Suspected Spinal Injury
Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) has suspended all face to face Safer Sport course delivery in an attempt to minimize and manage the potential risks presented by COVID-19. SMA will continue to offer online course content including theory components for some first aid, emergency care and Sports Trainer courses during this period of community social distancing.
This course is delivered using blended learning combining pre-course online learning with 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, sporting and/or workplace settings. This allows students to demonstrate application of their skills and knowledge. This course includes the following elements;
- Anatomy of the spine
- Mechanism of injury/signs and symptoms
- Management of suspected spinal injuries
- Practical scenarios involving the assessment and management of Suspected Spinal Injuries
- Injury reporting
- Theory Assessment
Students must hold current qualifications in one of:
- HLTAID003 Provide First Aid (completed within 3 years)
- Students must successfully complete all online learning prior to attending the face to face course. Please refer to Delivery Mode/Duration for more information on the online learning.
Upon successful completion of all course requirements, students will receive a Statement of Attainment for PUAEME004 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 Office (in the region 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 start date, will be unenrolled.
Delivery Mode/Course Duration
This course is delivered through a combination of pre-course online learning and 2.5 hours face to face training. All online learning must be successfully completed prior to attendance at the face to face training.
Failure to complete the online learning prior to attending the face to face training places a student at a significant disadvantage. By not completing all online learning prior to attending the face to face course student’s may struggle to complete the practical assessments to the level required for an outcome of competent.
Any student who does not successfully complete the online learning prior to the face to face course does so at their own risk. If a student has not completed the online learning and fails to achieve an outcome of satisfactory for two or more practical assessments or the final theory assessment, will be deemed not yet competent and will be required to attend an additional face to face training session. This will incur additional fees.
Students will receive their access to online learning 14 days prior to the course start date. Students who enrol less than 14 days prior to the course start date will receive access no later than close of business the following business day.
Any student having difficulty completing the online learning is encouraged to contact SMA for additional support and resources.
Students will be assessed individually and in group activities. Students need to display competency in all assessable elements to successfully complete the unit package PUAEME004 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 several Suspected Spinal Injury scenarios involving conscious and unconscious casualties.
- Theory Assessment – Students must complete an online theory assessment with a 100% pass rate required.
The following learning resources are provided to students during class and face-to-face sessions:
- Online Learning, including a downloadable E-Book.
- PowerPoint presentation that is interactive, and customised to include real-life suspected spinal injury scenarios
- Equipment appropriate for the management and transportation of suspected spinal injuries
- 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.
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.
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