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About the ARC ALS courses

Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC)
Advanced Life Support Courses


      The adult advanced life support courses are standardised national courses teaching evidence-based resuscitation guidelines and skills to healthcare professionals. As all co-badged courses in Australia are regulated by the ARC, the course credentials are cross-recognised by the Resuscitation Council (UK), New Zealand Resuscitation Council (NZRC) and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). ALS certificates provided by the NZRC, RC(UK) or ERC are recognised by the ARC. The RC(UK) and ERC use the same evidence based teaching material, program and assessment processes.
      Colleges that currently recognise the ARC advanced life support courses include:
      • RACGP           • ANZCA           • CICM           • ACRRM           • RCNA           • ACEM         • RACP
    • ARC Advanced Life Support (ALS) courses are accredited for QA & CPD points by
    • •       College of Remote Rural Medicine (ACRRM),
    • •       Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
    • •       Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA)

Advanced Life Support Level 1/Immediate Life Support

alstraining04A one-day (or modular – two half day) course aimed at providing the candidate with the skills and knowledge to manage the patient in the immediate period of crisis. It includes the recognition, assessment and immediate management of the deteriorating patient. Candidates are sent a manual at least two weeks prior to the course to commence preparation for the face-to-face component. This includes those skills for dealing with a cardiac arrest or other medical emergencies in a clinical setting. Included in the course are:

  • Recognition, assessment and management of the critically ill patient using a structured ABCDE approach
  • Airway management skills
  • Basic Life Support
  • Defibrillation skills (Manual and/or AED modes)
  • Cardiac arrest management using the ARC ALS Algorithm
  • Work as an effective team member in a cardiac arrest

The course can also deliver targeted training needs in a session specific to the candidate group or organisational requirements. It is ideal for those in healthcare with limited or infrequent exposure to crisis events needing advanced life support training.

Advanced Life Support
Level 2 / Advanced Life Support

alstraining05This is a two-day (or modular) course with the focus on the developing advanced skills in managing deteriorating patient and cardiac arrest. The course is designed for healthcare professionals with who would be expected to apply those skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis. Appropriate participants include doctors, and nurses working in critical care areas (e.g. ED, CCU, ICU, HDU, acute admissions units) or in the resuscitation /medical emergency team, and paramedics.Medical students, nurses and other healthcare providers not covered in the groups above may be encouraged to complete the ALS1/Immediate Life Support (ALS1/ILS) course. Those with a particular interest in resuscitation should then consider attending an ALS2/ALS course, where appropriate.The course is very intensive and candidates are sent the ALS2/ALS manual one month prior to the course. Candidates are required to complete a pre-course multiple choice question paper to guide preparation.Prior skills and competence in CPR is an essential prerequisite to attending the course. While the course covers advanced resuscitation skills it is also designed to develop leadership and team skills in managing such emergencies.The ALS course teaches the knowledge and skills required to:

  • Recognition, assessment and management of the deteriorating patient using a structured ABCDE approach
  • Treat cardiac and/or respiratory arrest, including manual defibrillation
  • Management of life-threatening arrhythmias
  • Preparing and planning for post resuscitation care
  • Care for the deteriorating patient or patient in cardiac and/or respiratory arrest in special circumstances such as asthma, anaphylaxis, and pregnancy
  • Lead a team, work as a team member, and use structured communication skills including giving an effective handover