The field of paramedicine and emergency response has become one of the most popular career choices. There’s no doubt, this is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do.
The HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care offers an easy way to study to work in the out-of-hospital emergency health care sector as a Basic Life Support medic. This qualification has been approved by ASQA, (Australian Skills Quality Authority), training.gov.au, the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and follows the criteria set down by the Australian Core Skills Foundation.
Throughout the course, you’ll learn about human anatomy, biology, human body systems, a little bit of math, English and other concepts; such as appreciating the value of cultural diversity, your legal obligation to care for your patient, medical terminology for effective communication and of course, you’ll learn how to become proficient using the latest life-saving medical equipment.
The HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care is not a basic medical emergency course. Although you are referred to as a Basic Life Support medic, the training consists of a mix of online theory, a clinical workshop and placement (work experience) in the community.
When qualified, you’ll possess the knowledge and skills to confidently provide clinical assessment in an out-of-hospital environment. For the most part, you’ll be ‘first-on-scene’ in a local emergency; attending to patients who require assistance for a variety of ailments and injuries.
Bear in mind that not every emergency call-out involves clinical decision making whereby you will be bandaging wounds and administering appropriate drugs to your patient. There will be many times where you will use your empathy and conversational skills to calm and assure your patient. They may be suffering an anxiety attack or have gone into shock; or maybe they just need to hear a calm and assuring voice in their hour of need.
To complete the HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care qualification in full, there is a requirement to complete 80 hours of clinical placement; as well as attend a 7 day clinical workshop. Workshops are held in NSW, QLD, VIC and WA.Before attending the workshop, you will have completed at minimum 10-11 units of study (more about this further down this page). Workshops are a pivotal moment in your training progress, as it is here you will meet and bond with other students just like you. You’ll share the same passion, interest and goals to help save lives and give something back to your community.
At the workshops you’ll work in teams as well as on your own to tackle different simulated scenarios you will come across out in the community.
The workshops are designed to be as realistic and authentic as possible; including working outdoors in all weathers at different locations. You may find yourself attending to a patient who has fallen in a river, carefully treating a patient (or two) trapped in a car, saving a toddler’s life and treating a patient who’s parachute malfunctioned and they have plummeted to the ground – yet survived.
Delivered online over a period of 12-18 months (can be completed sooner if full-time study is chosen), this qualification allows you to immerse yourself in paramedical study without having to alter your current lifestyle. Or if you are currently working, it means you can keep on earning and work towards changing/upgrading your career in your spare time.
This qualification also requires you to complete 80 hours of clinical placement, which can be completed by working with your local event medic contractor at hospitals and first aid/medical event companies. Whilst every effort is made to help you gain essential clinical placement, we do encourage you to also make your own enquiries and develop your own network. The 80 hours of clinical work experience will place you in direct contact with the public, where you will experience first-hand what it’s like to be the person so many people come to rely and depend on.
This invaluable experience will fill you with confidence and put the theory you have learned into practice. Event medic companies are great places to work. Being out in the public eye and dealing with unexpected incidents will help you build your social skills and allow you to become a masterful communicator and organiser.
Whilst completing the clinical placement, you’ll also become more aware of your surroundings and possess a heightened sense of situational awareness. This is where you’ll be able to multi-task and observe your patient’s body symptoms, whilst being acutely aware of your environment and of course, your own personal safety and the safety of your colleague(s).
If you’re looking to develop a fulfilling and long career in out-of-hospital emergency health care, the new HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care qualification is a good starting point. This nationally recognised qualification covers health and emergency care in greater depth than Certificate III in Non-Emergency Transport; (superseded by the HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport) and requires less study than the HLT51015 – Diploma in Paramedical Science. (superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care).
If you decide you want to go further and complete the diploma, you can always upgrade at a later stage. (This is a very popular option).
|Order of study
||Unit Code and Description|
|1||BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately|
|2||HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures|
|3||HLTAAP002 Confirm Physical Health Status|
|4||HLTOUT010 Communicate in complex situations to support health care|
|5||HLTOUT007 Transport non-emergency patients under operational conditions|
|6||HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely|
|7||HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care|
|8||HLTOUT008 Manage a scene|
|9||HLTOUT004 Assess and deliver basic clinical care|
|10||HLTOUT001 Implement safe access and egress|
|11||CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern|
|7-day Clinical Intensive Workshop|
|80 hours Clinical Placement|
|12||CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice|
|13||BSBLDR301 Support effective workplace relationships|
|14||CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically|
|15||CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people|
|16||HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment|
This training is absolutely aligned with what you’ll be expected to handle when working in the community. There could be times when you’re called to attend an incident and you’ll be in charge and everyone will be relying on you to keep your patient safe and supported.
Being new to the industry and still looking for evidence that this training is relevant, we’ve made it easier to understand by creating a typical emergency call-out scenario, whereby each Unit of Competency you’ll study is mapped to the task and activity you’ll be expected to know off by heart.
There are times when the circumstances of an emergency means you’ll have to be creative and think fast on your feet to effectively manage everything that’s going on around you. This is something you’ll be trained to handle with relative ease.
We’ve mapped each of the study topics in the Certificate IV to the different stages of the call-out. The units you will study are made up of tasks and activities.
Each task below, describes what you’ll be expected to do when faced with an aspect of the emergency. As an example; you may have to attend the home of an aged person, gain access, make yourself known to the occupants, be aware of any safety issues, make a visual assessment etc.
This will show you how relevant this HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care training is; and why you can feel confident choosing this particular course.
You’ve just received a call to attend an emergency request for assistance. Follow the processes below to see just which units of competency are relevant to the different stages of the scenario.
There is one unit of study separating the Certificate IV from the Diploma.
HLTOUT005 – Assess and deliver standard clinical care.
This is a technical, clinical unit of competency and includes activities such as conducting clinical assessments, delivering and prioritising clinical care, delivering standard patient care, performing advanced life support procedures, implementing time-critical health care procedures and therapies, and monitoring patients based on their needs in accordance with established clinical practice guidelines.