First aid

Security can be contacted on +61 3 8344 6666 or free call 1800 246 066. All security staff are trained in first aid.

Find the names of your department's local first aiders posted in each building near exits and lifts.


Health & Safety: First aid requirements


Health & Safety - Establish first aid needs

Health & Safety - Maintain a defibrillator (AED)

Health & Safety - Maintain a first aid kit

Training and guidance

  • Become a first aider

    First aiders provide initial emergency treatment and life support for people suffering injury or illness.

    First aiders are appointed by managers/supervisors in each area. If you would like to become a first aider, please discuss the opportunity with your manager/supervisor. First aiders must have recently completed training in order to be listed as a first aider. Please also inform your building's Chief Warden and your local Health and Safety Business Partner who needs to include your details on building emergency information posters.

    It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with Emergency Information, Incident and Hazard Reporting and the locations of defibrillators around campus.

  • Training enrolment

    First aid courses

    First aid training prepares you with the knowledge and skills to provide emergency pre-hospital care to injured or ill persons. Consult your health and safety business partner for advice on choosing the right course. The available first aid training sessions include:

    • Provide First Aid (includes CPR) – HLTAID003
      • Note: There is no prerequisite for Provide First Aid, you need to complete this training to meet the required standard for being a workplace first aider.
    • Provide Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – HLTAID001
      • Note: This course is a refresher training, it is recommended, but not compulsory, to complete every 12 months for best practice
    • Remote Area First Aid – HLTAID005
      • This course is only provided limited times each year, no prerequisite required. More information, please see Remote First Aid section below.

    How to sign up

    • TrainME. Enrol the course in TrainME, book into one available session.
    • Enrolment email. Wait for the enrolment email from the training provider, which will come around 1-3 weeks before the training date (except late enrolment).
    • A verified USI. Create a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and supply via the training provider's online enrolment process. If you do not have one yet, you can register for a USI online.  Make sure the enrolment information matches your information for USI.
      *Note: USI is from the Australian Government, not the university.
    • Completed your online enrolment and pre-work assessment for Provide First Aid. The pre-training online assessment will be sent to you by the training provider at least one week before the training day, unless late booking. It takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
      *Note: CPR does not have any required pre-work

    Information on the day

    • Have assessed yourself to be physically capable of kneeling on the floor for at least 5 minutes to practice CPR on a manikin.
    • Wear comfortable clothing for the training as you will be involved in simulation first aid situations which require ease of movement. These simulations may also involve the use of simulation aids such as makeup, fake blood, fake smoke etc. All simulations aids are 100% safe and approved for use in simulation  training. Makeup and fake blood does not stain clothing, but it is advised that participants do not wear clothes made from delicate material.
    • Bring a pen, some paper, water and food on the day of your training.
  • Training cost and dates

    Continuing, fixed term and casual employees of The University of Melbourne, who are nominated as a first aider by their supervisor, have access to this funded training. For training dates, enrollment and session information please navigate to the TrainME course catalogue. Please note that managerial approval is required for this training. If you are having issues with the enrolment, please visit the TrainME support page.

    Launch TrainME

    If you are an employee/member of an entity affiliated with the University (eg. UMSU, GSA, Student Clubs, UoM subsidiary companies) or a student and would like to join a training session, please email stating the date and course you wish to attend. The booking needs to be made at least 7 days prior to the training date. We have negotiated with the supplier to pass on our corporate prices of $45 for CPR training and $90 for Provide First Aid. The supplier will send you (or an email you nominate) an invoice directly for payment.

    Training Dates

    DatesCPR Provide First Aid (Level 2)Campus
    Friday, 17 January 2020 9:00am - 12:30pm  9am - 4:30pm  Parkville
    Tuesday, 28 January 20209:00am - 12:30pm  9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Wednesday, 5 February 20209:00am - 12:30pm  9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Thursday, 20 February 20209:00am - 12:30pm  9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Monday, 28 February 20209:00am - 12:30pm  9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Friday, 6 March 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Monday, 16 March 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Tuesday, 24 March 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Monday, 7 April 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Wednesday, 22 April 2020 (tbc)9:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Friday, 1 May 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Tuesday, 12 May 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Thursday, 28 May 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Friday, 5 June 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Monday, 15 June 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Thursday, 25 June 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Wednesday, 1 July 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Monday, 13 July 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Friday, 24 July 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Thursday, 6 August 2020(tbc)9:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Monday, 17 August 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Friday, 28 August 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Tuesday, 1 September 2020(tbc)9:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Monday, 14 September 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Monday, 28 September 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Monday, 5 October 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Wednesday, 21 October 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Monday, 2 November 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Friday, 13 November 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Tuesday, 24 November 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Friday, 4 December 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
    Wednesday, 9 December 20209:00am - 12:30pm9am - 4:30pmParkville
  • Remote first aid training

    The Remote First Aid is a 2-day course which aims to equip attendees with superior first aid response capabilities in remote situations. It includes patient management and life support to persons in remote areas, away from readily available emergency response services. It is expected to cover how to deal with variables that may not be relevant in an urban emergency.


    The Remote First Aid course includes Provide First Aid and CPR refresher. There is no prerequisite to enrol in the course.

    Similar to the other first aid training courses, if you are a direct employee or student of the university, and you are doing the course due to fieldwork/study related reason, there will be no cost for you. Simply log in TrainMe, and book yourself in the upcoming session. Otherwise, the cost for Remote First Aid is $350 pp. Please email for further enquiries.

    Information before the training

    • A verified USI
    • Pre-training learning workbook, if you fail to receive one please contact the training provider directly via
    • Comfortable clothing, avoid delicate material
    • Lunch is provided, please email if you have special dietary requirement

    Upcoming session

    Date: 23 & 24 January, 2020

    Location: Burnley

  • First aid kits and AEDs

    First aid kits

    You can maintain first aid kits and equipment in a number of ways, including:

    • as part of the scheduled workplace inspection program undertaken by the members of the inspection team
    • use of a dedicated first aid kit and equipment inspection schedule
    • use of a contracted first aid kit and/or equipment service provider

    First aid kit replenishment supplies are available from preferred suppliers such as Complete Office Supplies in iProcurement or Chemical Store (Building 153). There is a First aid kit basic contents document published which can assist you.

    Specialist first aid supplies are also available in iProcurement. Suppliers include:

    Automated external defibrillators (AEDs)

    Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are used to provide first aid to a person experiencing suspected sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack). Training is recommended before using them, but not required. Please follow the instructions packaged with the machine, as well as the Standard operating procedure - Zoll automated electronic defibrillator plus.

    A number of Zoll AED Plus model defibrillators are available around Parkville and Southbank campuses.

    If you are looking to purchase a new AED for your area, please contact the Health & Safety Services team for advice on preferred models, pricing and installation.

  • Assessing first aid requirements

    Common first aid risk assessment forms

    Specialist first aid requirements

    Where a local area has additional risks to those identified in the first aid risk assessment templates, additional risk assessment is required. Specific first aid risk assessments can be included within the first aid risk assessment form. Additional first aid requirements may include specific risks such as:

    • remote location first aid
    • car/excursion first aid
    • burns module
    • eye module
    • snakebite module
    • hydrofluoric acid module
    • cyanide first aid
    • oxygen therapy and resuscitation equipment, and
    • defibrillation equipment.