Remote First Aid Casualty Care Course (2 days)

The first order of priority and immediate action in any emergency or survival situation is always First Aid. Without quick effective first aid, death can occur in minutes as a consequence of serious injury, or a less serious one that prevents you from being able to walk to safety. Being able to look after your own medical needs (if able to) and those of others, at least to a basic level, is a valuable life skill, especially when you are in a remote or isolated environment where access to normal medical support may not be immediately available and the only option you have is to “walk out” on your own!
 

Run by TACMED Australia, the 2 Day Remote First Aid Casualty Care Course combines remote area first aid and military prolonged field care. This course is run entirely outdoors in a wilderness environment and includes the national accreditation requirements for HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation, HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support, HLTAID011 Provide First Aid and HLTAID013 Provide first aid in a remote or isolated site.

This course is targeted to the key learning outcomes of being able to save a traumatically injured casualty from preventable causes of death in an austere and remote environment, understanding how to mitigate physiological stress, work safely in a hazardous setting, package and move a patient and use improvised techniques to save a life when no equipment is available. You will be introduced to the concepts of remote casualty care through a combination of theory, skill stations and immersive scenarios. You will be taken outside of your comfort zone and challenged both clinically and mentally. There will be some physically challenging components but you don’t need to be an ironman to get through.

Pre- Course: There is an online learning and assessment component (3-4 hours) that all enrolled students must have completed before the face to face component of the course starts. This will be emailed to you once you have enrolled.

Pre-requisite – You must have already completed a Bushcraft Survival Australia 3 Day Fundamental Module 1 Bushcraft Survival course in order to do this course.

Remote First Aid Casualty Care Course (2 Days)

TacMed™ is an Australian veteran-owned business that specialises in bridging the gap between battlefield medicine and traditional first aid for high-risk organisations and workplaces. Founded in 2010, TacMed is a leading provider of bespoke emergency medical and first aid training and equipment, and consultancy to those who work in high-threat, austere and complex environments. Their trainers bring real-life experience to the course drawing from their extensive service as Military Special Operations Medics and Special Operations Team / Tactical Paramedics. Most have been deployed overseas and are considered the best in the industry.

Course Delivery Structure

Online Pre-course: covering theory and assessment (duration: 3-4 hrs)
Face-to-face: immersive micro-skills + fidelity scenario training (duration: 2 days)

To start the learning journey all enrolled Remote Casualty Care students will be emailed an online enrolment link and log in to enable the completion of the online learning and assessments that take place prior to the start of the face-to-face learning and assessment component. The online learning and assessment process ensures that all members are ready to start the face-to-face component and must be completed. Over the two days of the face-to-face component of the training solution, participants are put through numerous skills stations, micro-scenarios and prolonged scenarios, increasing in intensity to test their skills under pressure to familiarise them with realistic conditions they could be met with at an incident, so they are able to respond safely and appropriately. Our training has a large practical emphasis, as well as the utilisation of small case studies, discussions, and imagery/videos to ensure participants come away with a thorough understanding of key concepts.

Sessions include:
- Situational awareness and tactical patient assessment
- Tourniquets: Application, considerations, de-escalation, conversion, improvised tourniquets
- Junctional haemorrhage control: wound packing, direct pressure, improvise bandaging techniques
- Environmental injuries: Heat stress/stroke/dehydration, Hypothermia prevention and treatment
- Remote and extended casualty care principles
- Planning for remote first aid
- Fracture management: Pelvic, femoral, limb fractures and treatment (Improvised and commercial)
- Spinal and head injuries
- Patient movement and extrication techniques
- Minor wound care
- Snakebite treatment
- CPR, defibrillation
- Treatment of anaphylaxis, asthma & choking
- Treatment of burns
- Secondary survey
- Handover to emergency services: IMIST

The scenarios and instruction are tailored to the teams capabilities, past incidents and likely future responses.

Key Learning Outcomes

- HLTAID009 - Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation*
- HLTAID013 - Provide first aid in remote or isolated site*
- First Responder Massive Haemorrhage Control Techniques
- First Responder penetrating chest trauma management techniques
- HLTAID010 - Provide basic emergency life support*
- Introduction to TECC Guidelines, History and Application
- 4 Pillars of Care (Access, Assess, Stabilise, Evacuate)
- Comprehensive Tactical Patient Assessment Techniques
- Basic life-Support for the Tactical Casualty
- HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid*
- Introduction to concepts of Situational awareness and stress response
- Circulation and Fracture Management Techniques
- Dynamic and Mass Casualty Incidents
- First Responder Management of Penetrating and Blunt trauma

*denotes a unit of competency such as HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid.

Additional Options:
- Annual continuation training to ensure that all members maintain their skills and knowledge to the required standards.

Certificates and Awards

On completion of the TacMed Australia Remote Casualty Care Program, successful candidates will be awarded:
- TacMed Australia Remote First Aid Casualty Care Certificate of completion
- HLTAID009 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- HLTAID010 - Provide basic emergency life support
- HLTAID011 - Provide first aid
- HLTAID013 - Provide first aid in remote or isolated site

Location

The 2 Day Remote First Aid Casualty Care Course is run at our Coffs Coast venue and is conducted entirely outdoors in natural bush surroundings from an outdoor expedition style base camp. This allows you to learn the various remote first aid skill sets in the environment they are intended for, not an office or classroom.

Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed.

Accomodation

Just like our Fundamental Module 1 Bushcraft Survival Course, you will be sleeping out in the elements under a tarp (on the ground or in a hammock), so please pack the same clothing and equipment you had for Module 1. See Module 1 Equipment and Clothing List 
A screened trench latrine and gravity fed canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot, along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience as well as teaching you essential outdoor toilet etiquette and how to leave no trace. You will be taught how to wash with limited water and stay clean in the bush. Our measures are low-impact and environmentally friendly.

Catering & Food

All meals will be provided on the course. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and fresh water, as well as a fruit bowl will also be provided at the base camp. You will have the opportunity to let us know of any specific dietary requirements you may have upon booking.

Equipment and Clothing List

The Remote First Aid Casualty Care Course will be utilising the same equipment that you would need for a wilderness trip so bring the same clothing and equipment that you brought for Fundamental Module 1. We can lend you any items that you don't have so please let us know in advance if this is the case.
Please see Fundamental Module 1 Equipment and Clothing List  for a reminder of what that equipment is.
 
For more details on some of the items visit our blog 12 Essential items people should have with them when they venture outdoors. Additionally click through to view our Equipment for 24 Hour and Multi Day Pack on the BSA Youtube Channel.

FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions that might help you with your plans.

Clothing and Equipment

A suggested clothing and equipment list is provided (see clothing and equipment list). You don’t need to spend a fortune buying a whole new kit. Purchase the nearest and most affordable equivalents you can find if you don’t already have them. However with some items, what you pay for is what you get!

Food & Beverages

Most of our courses are fully catered however some of our more advanced courses will be self-catered. Please see individual course descriptions.

Even when food is provided, you will still be involved with the preparation and cooking of certain meals.

The camp billy/kettle will always be on the boil in our campfire classroom so that students are free to make tea and coffee at any time. The food we provide you with will be more than adequate, but you are welcome to bring your own extra “jack rats” (snacks) if you wish.

Dietary Requirements

Should you have any specific dietary requirements (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc) or food intolerances, please let us know when you fill out your course enrolment form so that we may be able to arrange appropriate food for you.

Other than the food provided for you on the course we also suggest that you bring your own specific snack food such as wheat, gluten or dairy free energy bars, biscuits etc..

Living from the land                          

Our basic courses are fully catered with some tasting of wild foods when available. Our more advanced courses however will require you to hunt, gather and cook for yourself. Please see individual course descriptions for further information.

Accommodation

All our courses are run entirely outdoors, and you will be camping out, either in your own camping equipment, equipment provided or in the shelters you have constructed from nature. For further information please see individual course descriptions.

Toilet & Shower Facilities

Learning how to live comfortably, efficiently, hygienically and environmentally responsibly in the bush is a very important discipline and something that is sadly lacking in our society today. Being able to  keep comfortably clean in the bush using minimal water, using  a bush latrine, sanitising correctly and safely burning  your “tail tinder” (toilet paper) so there is no trace are some of the things we instil in our students.
Our courses are conducted in an expedition style field camp with either (depending on venue) limited or no public amenities. A screened trench latrine and gravity fed canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot, along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience while at the same time being low-impact and environmentally friendly. Please see individual course descriptions.

Weather

Courses will go ahead regardless of weather (unless it’s a catastrophic event) so as to help you to adapt to any situation. In wet weather we will try to keep everyone as sheltered as possible and activities maybe altered to accommodate various conditions.

Health & Fitness 

You will need a reasonable level of health and fitness to maximise your participation and enjoyment of the course. In the weeks leading up to your course we recommend you do several walks over uneven terrain to ensure your boots and backpack containing your gear (approximately 10-15kg) fit correctly. There are late nights, early mornings and you will be on your feet a lot of the time. Whilst catering is provided, it is simple food and mealtimes will be subject to change due to the nature of the course. Please be aware this is not a wellness retreat! 

Alcohol

No alcohol or illegal drugs are to be brought to the course. Participants found possessing these items will be taken off the course without refund.

Medications

A confidential medical questionnaire will be given as part of the enrolment process and staff should be advised of any personal medications that need to be taken. Participants are responsible for their own administration of personal medications.

First Aid

All our staff are first aid trained and a well stocked first aid kit will be accessible at all times at the main camp.

Safety

All Bushcraft Survival Australia activities are conducted in a safe and controlled manner and have been fully risk assessed with a risk management program being followed at all times. Emergency communications and safety vehicles are on site at all times. Prior to the commencement of the course, all participants will receive a full safety brief.

Liability/Participant Consent Form

A liability/participant consent form is required to be signed by all participants prior to the commencement of each course. This form will be sent to you along with your joining instructions once you book your course.

Age Limits

There is a lower age limit of 18 years on this course. There is no ceiling on the age limit as long as you are in good physical health. If you are in any doubt, please consult your doctor before booking.

Course Locations

We run courses in various locations. The area the course is held will be indicated within the individual course description. Once you have booked a course we will send you a joining instruction and directions to the course meeting point.

Coffs Coast (NSW)

Our 3 day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held on private property (Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Land) in stunning coastal bushland between the towns of Nambucca Heads and Macksville on the mid north coast of NSW.

The nearest airport is Coffs Harbour which is about a 45 minute drive away.

The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with no public amenities. A latrine and canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available on private property nearby.

Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed.

Darwin (NT)

Our Darwin Courses are held at the Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs, about 45 minutes drive from Darwin.
The courses are conducted in an expedition style field camp with limited amenities a short walk through the bush. A latrine in a secluded private spot along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience. Parking is available within the park itself.

Public transport from Darwin to Berry Springs is not available, please contact us if you require travel assistance to the park.

Specific directions and where to meet will be provided once your booking is confirmed

 Sydney (NSW)

Our 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is held in bushland behind Ingleside Scout Camp, Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, not too far from Mona Vale road.

Ingleside Scout Camp backs directly onto beautiful Kuringai Chase National Park.

The course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with basic amenities being accessible via a short walk through the bush. Parking is available at the front of the scout camp.

Public Transport does run along Mona Vale Rd but it is easier if we collect you from Mona Vale which is about 10 minutes drive away.

Specific directions and details will be provided once your booking is confirmed.

Parking

Our courses are conducted on private property with limited access to the general public. There are parking facilities provided within these private areas a few hundred meters from the main camp, however we advise that you don’t leave any valuable personal belongings in the vehicle.

Payment and Booking

The best way for you to book on one of our courses is to find the course you wish to book and click on the Booking Tab. This will take you to our secure online Paypal booking page and all you have to do is follow the easy steps to book online.

Once we receive your booking, we will send you a joining instruction, participant consent form and pre-course information.

Mobile phones

There is varied mobile reception available at all of our course locations, however we ask you to consider other members of the group and be discreet as many participants attend to get away from the technological distractions that surround us. Mobile phone use will not be allowed during lectures and demonstrations, however the occasional picture on a camera phone is acceptable.

Battery Charging

You will need to bring your own charging device (eg. power bank) for your phone/torch, etc.

2 Day Remote First Aid Casualty Care Course

Duration: 2 Days, 2 nights
Price: $690
Minimum age: 18
Included: 2 full days of instruction from fully qualified and certified instructors and medics, all food & beverages, land use fees, insurance.
Number of places: 15
Course meeting time: 5:00pm (day 0)
Course finish time: 5:00pm (day 2)

Pre-requisite - You must have already completed a Bushcraft Survival Australia 3 Day Fundamental Module 1 Bushcraft Survival course in order to do this course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations will incur a 10% fee to cover booking and administration costs (unless due to COVID-19 related issues).
Cancellations made less than 48 hours before a course commences will result in a 50% forfeit (unless due to extenuating circumstances).
Cancellations made due to COVID-19 related issues will either be fully refunded or a credit applied to the next suitable course.
Any cancellations made by Bushcraft Survival Australia will either be fully refunded or a credit applied to the next suitable course.

COURSE DATE AND LOCATION

**If the course you are interested in is fully booked, email: enquiries@bushcraftsurvivalaustralia.com.au if you’d like to be added to the waiting list**

24-26 May 2022, Coffs Coast - FULLY BOOKED

Upon making your booking you will receive a link to the participant consent form, which must be filled out and returned immediately, along with other documentation about what to bring and where to go.