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Life support skills

In order to receive ten (10) accredited points towards your Professional Development (PDP) you will need to complete either: 

  • Advanced Life Support (ALS) (mandatory for ACRRM Fellows), or 
  • Basic Life Support Skills (mandatory for non-Fellows). 

Requirements for Fellows of the College [more]

Advanced Life Support (mandatory for Fellows)

Advanced Life Support is valued as a key skill for Fellows. The College believes that all Fellows should maintain their competency in advanced life support skills (ALS), to strengthen their confidence and safety in dealing with emergency situations. 

ALS courses must provide the following skills and knowledge:

  • an understanding of, and practical competence in both basic life support (including CPR, etc) and advanced life support with a focus on the issues that a rural practitioner might encounter
  • competence in airway management techniques that include basic airway manoeuvres such as Guedel airway, bag and mask, oxygen therapy, and more advanced airway manoeuvres such as the use of laryngeal mask or intubation
  • demonstrated ability to efficiently use a manual defibrillator and an automated external defibrillator (AED) 
  • demonstrated ability to identify and manage basic life threatening arrhythmias such as VF and VT, and
  • competence in intravenous access or intraosseous access and have understanding of the administration of drugs in resuscitation, in particular the dose and frequency.

ALS options

There is a range of suitable options for meeting your ALS requirements:

Requirements for non-Fellows [more]

Basic Life Support Skills (mandatory for non-Fellows)

The College requires that non-Fellows demonstrate an understanding of, and practical competence in, one-person and two-person expired air resuscitation and external cardiac compression.

To comply, a Basic Life Support activity congruent with the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines must be completed.