The MD Program Rules require students to possess a valid current apply first aid certificate (including CPR for adults and children) prior to the commencement of the program. The CBL curriculum assumes knowledge gained in an apply first aid certificate therefore students must have this completed before commencing the program.

Please submit a current first aid certificate at the Year 1 orientation held in January. Students unable to produce evidence of completion of the certificate at the Year 1 orientation will be breaching the program rules and will have their enrolment cancelled.

The preferred certificates are apply first aid certificates (or equivalent) issued by members of the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC).  These certificates are awarded after attendance of a program with an end point examination. Membership of the Council provides guaranteed standards and uniformity of teaching. The main areas that should be covered are:

  • Apply the principles of first aid
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Asthma & Anaphylaxis management
  • Treatment of infection, shock, fractures, bleeding and burns
  • Emergencies due to lack of oxygen, excess heat or cold, heart attack, stroke, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy
  • Management of common medical emergencies
  • Treatment of poisoning including venomous bites and stings

Recommended accredited providers

Some of the recommended accredited providers that are members of the ARC are:

Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

Students with other certificates will only be accepted if they are issued by organisations holding a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) certificate. In such cases it is the responsibility of the student to provide evidence that the organisation is an RTO certificate holder. First aid certification should be for the duration of the program and students should ensure their first aid is always current.

Overseas first aid certificates

First aid certificates obtained overseas from internationally recognised organisations, such as the Red Cross/Red Crescent or St John Ambulance, are acceptable provided they cover the topics above, including CPR for adults and infants.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide evidence on the content covered in the course.