NDIS First Aid Course
Whether you are a professional disability care worker supporting someone within the NDIS, or a family member acting in a carer role, first aid is a pretty critical skill. Depending on the nature of a person’s disability, an NDIS participant could be prone to falls and injury and have limited ability to administer their own first aid or seek help. As the person on the ground, the primary responsibility for that care falls to you – so knowing what to do in case of an injury and how to provide first aid is critical.
Fortunately, nowadays first aid training is not expensive or difficult to access. First Aid Pro is a registered training organisation (RTO) that provides a range of inexpensive first aid courses, available at a number of easily accessible locations (see below for more details). You can be trained in the fundamentals of First Aid, manual handling, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (aka CPR), and basic emergency life support – meaning you’ll be fully prepared to provide first aid for a wide range of medical emergencies and everyday issues for carers.
What is NDIS?
The NDIS – or National Disability Insurance Scheme – is an Australian government program to assist people with a disability. It provides support and services to improve quality of life and move towards better independence. Set up by the Australian government in 2013, it can provide assistance such as carers and access to medical professionals, and fund supports like physical upgrades to a residence (such as wheelchair facilities) and mobility support equipment.
Despite the name, the NDIS is not a form of insurance – you don’t purchase or contribute to it yourself. Rather, the scheme is entirely publicly funded. It’s estimated that within the next five years, the national disability insurance scheme (and supporting organisations) will provide more than $22 billion in assistance to half a million Australians with a significant and/or permanent disability.
Can I get NDIS first aid training if I’m not a professional carer?
Yes, whether you’re a professional disability support worker or a family member interested in obtaining the skills to provide first aid, you can get access to first aid training. At First Aid Pro we have a range of courses to provide you with the skills to help in a medical emergency. We’re a national RTO, and have venues in most major cities which run regular courses. For groups and workplaces, we can also come to you – providing on-site training.
Does doing an NDIS First Aid Certificate with First Aid Pro give me any accreditation?
Yes, as First Aid Pro is an official RTO, our courses will provide you with certification in first aid, BELS or CPR. This first aid certificate is valid for child care workers, teachers, and most roles that require first aid training. It’s worth taking note, however, that many professional contexts require that you then stay up to date with your first aid certification. So you might still need to do a refresher course if you have a professional requirement for a first aid certificate.
If being an NDIS carer means my time is limited, can I do a first aid course online?
Yes. With our online first aid course, you have the advantage of being able to complete the theory component of your course online, working at your own pace and at times which work for you. You only need to attend a short, two-hour session to demonstrate the skills you’ve learned, and you can become officially certified in first aid, basic emergency life support (BELS), and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the very same day – your nationally accredited certificates will be available from the online student portal once your training is marked as complete.
Can I get training in mental health first aid (MHFA)?
Yes. First Aid for mental health has become far more recognised as a need in recent years, and the importance of learning to respond to a mental health emergency is now far more widely acknowledged.
First Aid Pro ‘s course in mental health first aid is a 12 hour program that can train you to respond helpfully to issues such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or self-harm. We’re accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia (MHFA), and can teach you to recognise and respond to the early warning signs of serious mental health issues.
So if the NDIS recipient you’re caring for struggles with mental health and you want to be able to recognise the warning signs and support them through it, let us provide you with the tools and skills to help them!
Is there a first aid course that’s Covid 19 safe?
First Aid Pro applies Covid 19 safe practices to every course we run, ensuring we follow social distancing and infection control measures carefully. For this reason, we ask anyone that is unwell or experiencing flu-like symptoms to reschedule their training to another week.
If you’re particularly wary of being out in public under Covid 19 restrictions, it’s worth considering our online first aid course – which, other than a brief two-hour practical assessment (under strict Covid safe measures) is all delivered remotely.
How do I find NDIS services near me?
Providers for the NDIS aren’t hard to find – you can check the listings on the NDIS website. Alternatively, you can simply google “ndis providers near me” for a map of providers in your area. Both options also have contact information to allow you to get in touch.
Alternatively, if you’re specifically looking to find support workers through the NDIS, then the Hireup website could be an excellent place to start – allowing you to connect with support workers suited to your situation. It’s also a great resource for support workers looking to get connected in with NDIS clients needing support.
Where is my nearest venue for doing a course with First Aid Pro?
First Aid Pro operates Australia wide, with a range of venues throughout the country – meaning you can generally take part in our first aid training without the need to travel excessive distances. Within South Australia, we have a variety of training locations throughout the greater Adelaide area, and even some in Mount Barker, Murray Bridge, and Mount Gambier. Check out our locations page to find training venues in your area, see what first aid courses are available at what times. Alternatively, you can call us directly or contact us by email to ask for more details or assistance.
Phone: 08 8382 4677
As a quick reference, our suite of first aid, CPR and Childcare First Aid courses are offered at the following locations within SA:
- Adelaide CBD – Level 3/ 50 King William Street, Adelaide 5000
- Adelaide – LV2/ 45 Grenfell Street, Adelaide CBD, SA, 5000
- Morphett Vale – 12/230 Main South Road Morphett Vale 5162
- Salisbury – 6/89 John Street, Salisbury, SA 5108
- Marion – Marion Hotel Function Room, 849 Marion Road, Mitchell Park 5043
- Port Adelaide – The Port Club, 9 Queen Street, Alberton SA 5014
- Mount Barker – Mount Barker Town Hall, Corner of Gawler and Stephen Street Mount Barker
- Mawson Lakes – Mawson Lakes Hotel 10 Main Street Mawson Lakes, SA 5095
- Tonsley – 1284 South Rd, Clovelly Park, Adelaide SA 5042
- Glenelg – Haven marina, 6-10 Adelphi Terrace, Glenelg North SA 5045
- Willunga – Willunga Hub, Corner Main Road & St Peters Terrace, Willunga SA 5172
- Munno Para – The Stretton Centre, 307 Peachey Road, Munno Para, SA 5115
- Campbelltown – ARC Campbelltown, 531 Lower North East Road, Campbelltown, SA 5074
- Mount Gambier – Mount Gambier RSL, 16 Sturt Street, Mount Gambier, SA 5290
We also operate in the following national regions:
- Adelaide, South Australia
- Brisbane, Queensland
- Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
- Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland
- Sydney, NSW
- Melbourne, VIC
- Hobart, Tasmania
- Launceston, Tasmania
- Perth, Western Australia
- Darwin, NT
What courses does First Aid Pro offer?
Have a look below to see what options for training First Aid Pro can provide:
- HLTAID009 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- HLTAID010 – Provide basic emergency life support (BELS)
- HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid
- HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
- HLTAID013 Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site
- HLTAID014 Provide Advanced First Aid
- HLTAID015 Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy
- Manual Handling for Nurses
- Manual Handling
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
- Mental Health First Aid Refresher
- White Card
Some of these have previously been known as:
- HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support
- HLTAID003 Provide first aid
- HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education & care setting
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