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Basic & Advanced Life Support

About this Course

A 2 day program integrating theory with hands-on practice

This workshop brings together some of the most experienced resuscitation educators and instructors in Australia and will emphasise a problem solving approach to the management of emergency situations using the latest ARC Guidelines.

This ALS program is designed to equip participants with the necessary cognitive and psychomotor skills required to respond to patients in a cardiac arrest in a health care environment. The program will emphasise the practical aspects of resuscitation and provide participants with the theory underpinning such aspects.

The small group practical skill stations will emphasise the assessment and management of the patient using a variety of techniques and equipment. Through this, practical skills and troubleshooting abilities will be developed. During these skill stations, the skills and knowledge of each participant will be continually monitored and assessed.

The first day will include aspects of both Adult and Paediatric Resuscitation whilst the second day will focus on Adult Cardiac Arrest. A separate one day program is available for those interested in Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). This is scheduled to run the day after the ALS courses in October.

Candidates may elect to skip Day 1 of the full ALS course and attend Day 2 only providing the candidate can show proof of completing a comprehensive Basic Life Support (BLS), Immediate Life Support (ILS/ALS1) or equivalent course within the last 12 months. A 3 month grace period will apply.

Whilst all candidates will have their skills monitored and assessed throughout the practical sessions, this workshop will be supported by the opportunity for you to have your competence assessed & accredited. Further details will be provided with your confirmation of registration.

Numbers are limited for these workshops, and due to popularity we advise you to register early to receive your pre-reading package and secure your place.

We have never cancelled a course, so with Critical Care Education Services you can book early with confidence.

This course has received accreditation from the RACGP for 40 Category 1 points in the 2017-2019 triennium. ALM number 99357.


This course has also received accreditation from ACRRM for 10 ALS points, 30 PRPD points and 30 MPOS points in the 2017-2019 triennium. ACRRM ID: 8879.


Participants in the ANZCA CPD program may claim this course as an emergency response activity’s in their CPD portfolio. Emergency response activity: Cardiac arrest

Recognition code: ER-17-CA-093

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This course is also recognized by the RANZCR for 40 CPD points under category 6.4 of the CPD handbook. Recognised by the RACP for 40 MyCPD points and CPD points can also be claimed from various other medical colleges.

Nurses completing this program earn 16 CPD hours towards their ongoing education.

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  • Course Dates

    • Sydney - 15 & 16 February 2019
    • Melbourne - 22 & 23 March 2019
    • Sydney - 14 & 15 June 2019
    • Melbourne - 21 & 22 June 2019
    • Sydney - 11 & 12 October 2019
    • Melbourne - 25 & 26 October 2019
  • Course Program

    Day One

    0815 - 0850Registration, coffee & tea
    0850 - 0900Welcome, Introduction
    0900 - 1000Epidemiology & Causes of Cardiac Arrest
    1000 - 1030Morning Tea, Networking
    1030 - 1130Assessment & Management of Airway & Ventilation including airway obstruction. Assessment & Management of C-spine
    1130 - 1230Assessment & Management of Circulation
    1230 - 1300The Recognition and Management of Anaphylaxis
    1300 - 1330Lunch, Networking
    1330 - 1645Skills Stations: (including Afternoon Tea)
    - Airway Management;
    - CPR – Adult; Child; Infant;
    - Automated External Defibrillation (AED)

    Day Two

    0815 - 0850Registration, coffee & tea
    0900 - 1030Life Threatening Arrhythmias: recognition, assessment & management. Overview of Electrocardiography, Ventricular Tachycardia, Ventricular Fibrillation, Asystole, Electro-mechanical Dissociation (EMD) or Pulseless Electrical Activity (PEA), Ventricular Ectopic Beats (VEB’s), Idioventricular Rhythm, Torsade de Pointes, Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
    1030 - 1100Morning Tea, Networking
    1100 - 1130Life Threatening Arrhythmias continued
    1130 - 1230Defibrillation: Keeping it safe
    1230 - 1300Lunch, Networking
    1300 - 1645Skills Stations: (including Afternoon Tea)
    - Arrhythmia Recognition & Pharmacology
    - Intubation & Laryngeal Mask Airway Insertion
    - Defibrillation – Manual, External and Transcutaneous Pacing
    - Simulated Arrest & Case Scenarios Focusing on Leadership & Team Skills
    1645 - 1700Discussion of Assessment Process & Workshop Evaluation
  • Course Fees

    Registration for this 2 day Advanced Life Support Course is $645 for Doctors and $545 for Nurses, allied health professionals or students.

    Limited single day registrations are also available at the following prices:

    1st day only (no pre-reading required) is $415 for Doctors and $365 for Nurses, allied health professionals or students.

    2nd day only is $445 for Doctors and $395 for Nurses, allied health professionals or students.

    **A 10% group discount is available when registering 4 or more participants in a single transaction

    Registration includes lecture outlines with reference lists, pre-reading, refreshments, and a certificate of attendance.

    A receipt and confirmation of registration will be returned by email following registration and payment.

    Please note that a $55 cancellation fee applies. No refund will be given if cancellation occurs within one week of the course.

  • Venue Information

    Sydney: North Shore Private Hospital

    Melbourne: St Vincent’s Hospital

    Sydney: Westmead Private Hospital

  • Additional Information

    BLS & ALS Assessments

    $80 BLS only

    $135 ALS only

    $195 BLS & ALS together

    Candidates who successfully complete a scenario based competency assessment will receive a certificate of competency valid for 12 months. In addition to this, candidates who successfully complete an ALS assessment will receive an Identification Card certifying them as competent.

    Candidates may elect to attempt an ALS assessment without a BLS component providing the candidate can show proof of successfully completing a competency based assessment in BLS or equivalent within the last 12 months. If more than 12 months have elapsed since the candidate’s last BLS assessment, the candidate must attempt both a BLS and ALS assessment together. A 3 month grace period will apply.

For More Information

For more information regarding this course and any dates upon which it is scheduled please download the course brochure. To enquire about hosting this course at your organisation, please submit our online enquiry form.

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