Non-Accredited Courses

We also offer a range of non-accredited courses.  Perfect for Professional Development opportunities for schools/businesses, or simply upskilling your own expertise in these crucial areas.


First-Aid Professional Development 

PUAEME005A – Provide Pain Management – half day

We are one of very few trainers in the Brisbane region to offer the Provide Pain Management unit of competency. Pain Management is paramount to long-term management of casualties.  There are many techniques we can use for this before resorting to medication and these are all discussed in our course.  Of course, if the use of restricted analgesics are appropriate, this training will ensure you are competent in the application of them under a medically endorsed protocol.


Psychological First Aid – 1 day

Utilizing the RAPID model (Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition), this workshop provides perspectives on injuries and trauma that are beyond those physical in nature. The RAPID model is readily applicable to public health settings, the workplace, the military, faith-based organizations, mass disaster venues, and even the demands of more commonplace critical events, e.g., dealing with the psychological aftermath of accidents, robberies, suicide, homicide, or community violence. In addition, the RAPID model has been found effective in promoting personal and community resilience. Participants will increase their abilities to: – Discuss key concepts related to PFA – Listen reflectively – Differentiate benign, non-incapacitating psychological/behavioural crisis reactions from more severe, potentially incapacitating, crisis reactions and potential suicide – Prioritize (triage) psychological/behavioural crisis reactions – Mitigate acute distress and dysfunction, as appropriate – Recognize when to facilitate access to further mental health support – Practice self-care


Real-time Scenario Drills – half day

Scenario drills are a proven way of ensuring your staff understand how to behave in a crisis.  Beyond the renewed training every 3 years (1 year for CPR), intermittent scenario drills can be a great and fun way to really help people experience what it’s like in an emergency.  In the contracted time-frame of an accredited course we do undertake mini scenarios, but there’s nothing quite like a full-scale real time, well scripted drill day for a bit of confidence and quality team-building.  In the corporate world we travel to the company’s site to regularly run these drills in the environment the staff are expected to control.  Brisbane Airport is a good example of one of our regular clients and we see no reason why this could not also work in the education or remote sphere.


Outdoor Professional Development

Survival – 1 day

Survival is often considered as an extreme training of the Bear Grylls ilk, eating witchetty grubs and drinking your own wee.  Whilst such programs do exist, our survival training exists more in the real world where there is a cavalry, and support is on its way.  We focus on training you to survive long enough to enable the Emergency Rescue Personnel to find you healthy, how you can best help the search team to do their job and what you can do to avoid finding yourself in such a situation in the first place.  We discuss our priorities of survival and practical tips on how to make the wait comfy, both physically and psychologically…it’s all about giving yourself and the group you’re in charge of the best chance possible.


Navigation 101 – half day

In 2015, the National Search and Rescue Council Meeting cited incidents involving people with mental health concerns as the prime reason for 48% of land searches.  The next causative factor was ‘lack of trip preparedness and local knowledge’ defined as ‘failure to properly study and understand weather patterns and tides; minimal navigational knowledge’.  In 2017 the same council meeting stated ‘Human error/behaviour continues to be the main factor in SAR incidents’.

This navigation course provides a firm basis in the foundation of navigation principles, we look at the different norths, latitude and longitude, grid coordinates and introduce the compass as a tool.  We extrapolate north from the sun and learn a few tips and tricks for proper management of location.


Navigation 102 – half day

In the first of this Professional Development series we looked at the earth and our location on it, the norths and the compass as a tool.  In part 2 we introduce the map, how to read them, contour lines, estimating distance and time, and most importantly, how to triangulate your position.

These two sessions work hand in hand to not only provide you with the skill set to assist Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel to find you if you are stuck with a casualty, but also to help you self-rescue in the event of being lost.  Even more important, it helps you to not get lost in the first place.   Understanding navigation principles is one of the most important ways to protect yourself and your group, and to avoid calling SAR altogether, a perfect companion to the survival workshop.


Search and Rescue – half day

What do you do if a member of your group goes missing?  In a remote environment SAR could be a day away, or more.  At what point is it best to contact emergency services?  Is there anything you can do to find the missing member before waiting for SAR to arrive and keep the group safe and out of panic at the same time?  Well, yes there is, and this professional development course will take your staff through exactly how to coordinate an efficient and competent search.  Drawing on principles from survival and navigation, the search and rescue component rounds off a Group Leader’s skill set to truly take care of their group and manage and emergency scenario that may present itself.