Advanced life support training

Healthy North Coast is committed to ensuring North Coast GPs and practice nurses maintain their skills and competency to perform advanced life support (ALS) procedures on a patient or member of the community as and when it’s needed. We recognise that ALS skills are used infrequently and therefore may diminish over time.
Healthy North Coast and Leanne Bryant have together, developed an in-situ ALS training opportunity, subsidised by the PHN program, which can be delivered within your practice. Leanne Bryant is a certified Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) instructor and a local registered nurse specialising in emergency nursing. The training is targeted to GPs and practice nurses who want to further their basic life support skills or refresh their existing ALS skills.  
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are likely to visit an Aboriginal Medical Service in the event of a cardiac arrest or life-threatening situation. We recognise the importance of AMS’s having the skills to perform advanced life support and safely care for a patient prior to going to an acute care setting. This is why we are providing free, in-situ Advanced Life Support 1 training to AMS’s on the North Coast.


When: Saturdays, 8am – 2:30pm (other days available on request)

Where: In situ, in your practice
Who: GP’s, GPR’s & practice nurses
CPD:  This training is accredited with RACGP & ACRRM as follows: 
RACGP: 8 CPD hours (4 x Educational Activity hours + 4 x Reviewing Performance hours) 
ACRRM: 8 CPD hours  

Registrars: this training has been used by GP registrars in the ALS requirement of their RACGP Fellowship

Cost: General Practices – $200 per person (including GST). Aboriginal Medical Services – Free of charge

Cost: $200 per person (including GST)
Capacity: Minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 participants
Practice requirements:
A TV or presentation facility with space for 6 people. Training to take place when the practice is closed.

Time Duration Detail
Pre activities

Pre-reading: 2023 Advanced Life Support Manual

ALS Pre-Activity Quiz

8.00am 5mins Welcome, housekeeping and Acknowledgment to Country
8.05am 60mins Lecture: Recognition and prevention of cardiac arrest using the A – E approach
9.05am 60mins ALS algorithm>
10.05am 15mins Morning tea
10.20am 30mins Skill station: Airway and breathing
10.50am 50mins Skill station: Compressions and defibrillation using AED
11.40am 60mins Skill station: Assessment of DRSABC(D) – scenarios
12.40pm 30mins Lunch
1.10pm 60mins ALS practice scenarios and competency
2.10pm 15mins Post course written test
2.25pm 5mins Evaluation and debrief
2.30pm End of training

Learning outcomes

  • Recognise and respond to deterioration using the ABCDE approach.
  • Explain the role of resuscitation members.
  • Perform high-quality chest compressions.
  • Perform safe and effective de
    fibrillation using an AED defibrillator
  • Demonstrate effective cardiac arrest management using the ALS algorithm.

Participants will learn about advanced life support, including the causes and prevention of cardiac arrest and the ALS algorithm. They will also undertake practical skills components of ALS, including airway and breathing, assessment of DRSABC(D), compressions and defibrillation using an automated external defibrillator. There will be a simulation of ALS scenarios so participants can contextualise their newly learned skills and deepen their application.
Leanne also takes the opportunity to review the practice equipment and onsite ALS resources for quality improvement and stock control.
If you would like to book in or find out more, please complete the Expression of Interest and we will get back to you shortly. Alternatively, contact our Education Team

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GP registrars

This training currently fulfils your training requirements for your RACGP fellowship through GP Synergy. As ALS training requirements are updated frequently, GP registrars must check that Healthy North Coast’s Advanced Life Support training is listed on GPRIME for assurance that this course meets their fellowship’s ALS training criteria. Upon completion of the training, all participants will receive a certificate of completion and GPR’s are required to provide the certificate to GP Synergy as proof of completion.