Disability First Aid Course

This face to face is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 9 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.

The ESSA Professional Development Committee certifies that this Professional Development offering meets the criteria for 9 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points.

10735NAT – Course in Disability First Aid

First Aid saves lives. In an emergency situation the minutes before an ambulance arrive are vital. The standard first-aid course teaches valuable first aid techniques and skills however it does not cover many circumstances that are unique to people with disabilities. The Disability First Aid course was developed to address this need.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for anyone who may need to administer First Aid to a person with a disability.

The course is highly recommended for:

  • People who have family members with a disability
  • People who work or volunteer in the disability industry
  • People and businesses who regularly come in contact with people with disabilities as part of their daily activities
  • Businesses and Organisations who have employees with disabilities.


The course can only be offered by registered training organisations (RTOs) such as Academy of Workplace Learning.

Student’s must have completed and hold a current  First Aid Certificate HLTAID011 as prior learning in order to be eligible to enrol in the course.

How is the course delivered?

The course is made up of two components: an online component and a practical face-to-face component.

Online component

The online component is to be completed by students prior to commencing the practical component.

The online component consists of the following:

  • Types of disabilities (Intellectual, Physical, Sensory, Mental)
  • Complex Communication Needs when treating people with disabilities
  • Prevention and Preparation for people with a disability including;
    • Duty of Care in a disability setting
    • Advanced Care and Resuscitation Plan (ACP)
    • Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP)
  • Safe Manual Handling for people with disabilities
  • Applying First Aid for people with a disability including;
    • Seizures for people in wheelchairs or beds
    • Infection, wounds and bleeding control for people in wheelchairs or beds
    • Pressure sores
    • Choking, regurgitating or vomiting for people in wheelchairs and beds
    • Autonomic Dysreflexia
    • Fractures and Poisons
  • Mental Health First Aid for people with a disability
  • CPR and how to apply it to a person with a disability
Practical component

The practical component must be completed in a face-to-face training environment, usually the workplace, where students will learn the practical skills to help them apply first aid for people with disabilities.

Students will learn;

  • How to perform CPR on a person confined to a bed
  • How to respond appropriately in the event of regurgitation or vomiting during a resuscitation attempt
  • How to respond to seizures of casualty while seated in a wheelchair
  • How to respond in the event of choking and airway obstruction for casualties in wheelchairs or beds
  • How to treat bleeding or infected wounds for people with disabilities
  • Recognising, documenting and reporting warning signs of adverse behaviour, including suicidal behaviour and depression.

Organisations can contact us below to find out how we can provide this course to employees.