PUAEME004 Provide emergency care for suspected spinal injury

This course will allow you to develop skills and knowledge and most importantly, confidence, to provide emergency care to a casualty with a suspected spinal injury.  You will develop the skills to minimise further injury when applying first aid and waiting for emergency medical aid.  It includes recognition and management of a suspected spinal injury, immobilising cervical spine, evaluating the need to move a casualty, preparing a casualty for transport, transporting and monitoring a casualty and performing a casualty handover. 

Providing emergency care for a suspected spinal injury requires instruction and practical training.  This is especially true where it relates to potentially fatal injuries, such as those that require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or involve severe bleeding. These procedures carry a risk of further injury to the casualty and the first aider.  As with any training, it is more useful if training occurs before being confronted with an actual real-life situation.

Provider of Training and Assessment 
This course is delivered and assessed on behalf of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909 

Important information prior to enrolment

Unit Being Delivered

The following unit(s) will be awarded to successful participants in this course. The certificate will be issued by Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909.

  • PUAEME004 Provide emergency care for suspect spinal injury

To view full unit details please visit www.training.gov.au 

Course Delivery  
This course will be delivered in the workplace or at an Allens Training Pty Ltd facility. 

Entry Requirements

  • Prerequisite – This course has a prerequisite of HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • Physical fitness – Participants must have the physical capacity to complete a practical demonstration of moving a casualty with suspected spinal injury.


Course Duration (face to face)

  • Face to Face – 5 hours (minimum) – full face to face course
  • Refresher training – 2 hours (minimum) – conditions apply for this option, for example, you will need to provide previous current certificates


Assessment Requirements
Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.  These are detailed in the sections following.

Certificate Renewal Requirements.  
No industry recommended renewal is identified on the certificate, employers are recommended to consult with stakeholders to identify appropriate training periods.

Course Fees and Payments

  • Please refer to our booking calendar for individual course fees.
  • Refund and fee protection policy – Please refer to the student handbook.
  • Payment Terms – Payment for individual participants is upfront, group booking payment terms are based on agreement between the client and service provider. 


Work Placement Arrangements
No work placement will be required as part of this course.

Learners Rights, Responsibilities and Support, including Complaints
Please note that enrolment to this course is made with Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909. Please refer to the student handbook located on the RTO website allenstraining.com.au for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals. 


What happens at the course?

Learning Activities

  • Delivery of course information and learning activities.


Assessment Activities

Assessments conducted during face-to-face training session(s) include:  

Performance tasks – The assessor must observe the following performance tasks:

  • Fit a conscious casualty with a soft cervical collar
  • Fit a conscious casualty with a soft cervical collar and assist to supine position

Practical scenario – The assessor must observe the following practical scenario: 

  • Move a casualty with a suspected spinal injury

Workplace documentation – The student is to complete 3 entries in the Workplace Incident Journal.

Theory assessment – A written assessment consisting of multiple-choice and short answer questions. The student must complete all assessment questions.

Related Course Documentation

What should I look for when choosing a training provider?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to help you to be fully informed about your decision to enrol into a course. This information can be found by clicking here.

A copy of the Student Agreement should be read before enrolling in this course.

What are my rights and responsibilties as a student?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) requires that students be aware of their rights and responsibilities once they have selected their training provider. By enrolling into any of our courses you are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions outlined in our Student Agreement

All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.

PUAEME004 Provide Emergency Care For Suspected Spinal Injury - What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?

Required skills:

  • assess casualty
  • communicate effectively with casualty to provide reassurance
  • use safe manual handling skills

 Required knowledge:

  • common causes of spinal injuries relevant to the work environment
  • risks associated with moving a casualty with a suspected spinal injury
  • safe manual handling techniques
  • signs and symptoms of suspected spinal injury
  • techniques for manual stabilisation
  • types of spinal immobilisation equipment available


How will I be assessed for this course?

The following assessment tasks are required for this course:

  • Theory Questions consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Simulated Practical Scenarios



Where can I access a copy of the training package?

 You can access the training package here

PUAEME004 Provide Emergency Care For Suspected Spinal Injury - Do I need to complete a Refresher or Recertification?

Recertification recommended every 3 years.

To qualify for a refresher course, you must bring a copy of your current certificate  to the training session. You will then be required to:

  • Complete 2.5 hour practical course. 

  • Proof of currency must be submitted to qualify for this course.

Is there any latex in the manikins?

Resuscitation manikins are latex free.

How can I contact my trainer?

You can contact a trainer in your area for this course in our First Aid Trainer Directory.

What are the Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirements for this course?

 In order to meet competency for this unit, you will be required to meet the LLN requirements of the Training Package. You can find more information regarding our LLN support services here