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Spinal Management




One (1) Day

course overview

This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to recognise and manage a suspected spinal injury and minimise further injury when applying medical aid. Participants will evaluate the need to move a casualty, prepare a casualty for transport, monitor the casualty, and perform casualty handover techniques.

The course applies to those working in emergency services.

learning outcomes

The course covers the following:
• WHS requirements and safe operational procedures
• Assessing and monitoring vital signs
• Basic life support protocols
• Signs and symptoms that may suggest a spinal injury
• Identifying suspected spinal injury in both conscious and unconscious casualties
• Communication techniques
• Immobilising cervical spine
• Transporting techniques and equipment
• Casualty handover techniques
• Manual handling
• Debriefing and documentation


Participants must:
• Provide photo I.D on entry
• Unless exempt, provide a verifiable USI number
• Be physically fit and healthy with capacity to perform manual tasks
• Be able to read, write, communicate orally, and understand and interpret complex information and situations
• Interact with others and work under pressure
• Dress appropriately i.e., long sleeve, long pants or overalls, safety boots/closed in shoes, safety glasses

Please ensure you read our Student Handbook for further information on our policies, procedures, terms, and program conditions.

If you are unsure if you require learning support, SDS can provide access to a LLN assessment that identifies if any learning support is needed. Please ensure you inform the training team on registration, if you fail to inform the training team at registration, learning support may not be available on the day of training.

delivery method

This course is delivered over one (1) day and consists of classroom-based theory learning with practical based activities.


• HLTAID011 Provide First Aid

Pre-requisites are available through SDS, please contact the training team for more information.




Assessment includes written and/or multiple-choice knowledge assessment and practical based skills assessments.


On successful completion participants will receive a statement of attainment for:
• PUAEME007 Provide emergency care for suspected spinal injury

skills maintenance

To ensure your skills and knowledge are maintained it is critical you undertake regular skills maintenance training. Where there is no licence or legislated expiry the industry standard for skills maintenance is every two (2) years.

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