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Advanced Life Support Level 1

The critical components covered in the Absolute Medical Response, ALS course include Basic and Advanced Life Support, Advanced Airway Management, Rhythm Recognition, Defibrillation, Emergency (ALS) drugs, Team member roles in ALS, the management of Anaphylaxis, the Management of Cardiac Arrest (ALS Algorithms) and Post Resuscitation Care. The ALS course incorporates more than the provision of information, assessment of knowledge base and demonstration of psychomotor skills. It encompasses the role of the General Practitioner approaching the resuscitation of the individual suffering a life-threatening emergency, in a systematic and controlled manner.

Course Overview

The ALS course teaches the knowledge and skills required to:

  1. Minimise further risk to the patient through preferred practices following the DRABCD procedure which will ensure best patient outcomes and patient safety
  2. Demonstrate effective management of a cardiac arrest by working with a multidisciplinary team in an emergency situation and to demonstrate effective management a cardiac arrest as a lone practitioner in an emergency situation
  3. Demonstrate the unitisation of non-technical skills to facilitate strong team leadership and effective team membership
  4. An understanding of, and practical competence in both basic life support (including CPR) and advanced life support with a focus on the issues that a general practitioner might encounter
  5. Demonstrate a competence in airway management techniques that include basic airway manoeuvres, BVM, oropharyngeal, laryngeal mask and supraglottic airways, oxygen therapy, and more advanced airway manoeuvres such as intubation
  6. Demonstrated ability to efficiently use a manual defibrillator and an automated external defibrillator (AED) and the recognition and identification of life-threatening arrhythmias such as VF and VT, and
  7. Competence in intravenous access or intraosseous access and have understanding of the administration of drugs in resuscitation, in particular the dose and frequency.
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Course Duration

12 hours of CPD
Educational Activities: 7 hours
Reviewing Performance: 5 hours
Area of Education: Emergency/Resuscitation

Mode of Study

Intensive hands-on training
Clinical skills and drills training
‘Pause and discuss’ scenarios
Immersive simulations and Problem based learning

Entry Requirements

The course curriculum assumes that participants have an understanding of Basic Life Support and have undertaken professional training in a healthcare-related profession such as medicine, nursing or allied health.

Enrol in Advanced Life Support Level 1

Complete our short enquiry form and one of our team will get in touch to discuss the course and your goals, and answer any questions you may have.

Prefer the phone? 1300 808 322

Enrolment and Admissions Cycle

The ALS provider course is designed for healthcare professionals who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis. Appropriate participants include doctors, paramedics and nurses working in primary health care areas. All applicants must hold a professional healthcare qualification or be in training for a professional healthcare qualification.

This program is an Adult Advanced Life Support Course and is consistent with guidelines produced by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC), which is Australia’s national representative on the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

Assessment Methods

Continuous assessment occurs throughout the ALS course, which is based on clinical simulations that allow candidates to demonstrate the core competencies that have been taught on the course. These include airway management, high quality CPR, rhythm recognition, defibrillation, cardiac arrest management.

A final assessment of candidates at the end of the course takes the form of the management of a cardiac arrest simulation and a MCQ paper.

Course Cost


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Course Cost Overview

Two 7.5-hour days classroom training

Included in this cost is access to the comprehensive MHFA manual, handouts, training, Mental Health First Aid Certificate of Completion. Assessment is included in the cost and provided through Mental Health First Aid Australia.

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Ready to enrol in the Advanced Life Support Level 1

Complete our short enquiry form and one of our team will get in touch to discuss the course and your goals, and answer any questions you may have.

Prefer the phone? 1300 808 322