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

Infection control when providing First Aid 

We are in the middle of a global pandemic. While providing First Aid, it is possible to interact with bodily fluid from someone unwell. We should be prepared that every situation can potentially be infectious, and take active measures to reduce the risk and minimise spreading disease. The measures include:

  • Practice good hygiene, including proper handwashing
  • Wear adequate personal protective equipment
  • Dispose clinical waste appropriately
  • If sustain a sharp injury, seek medical advice promptly

More information on St. John website:

For advice on resuscitation during pandemic, visit Australian Resuscitation Council.

Update - Online Provide First Aid

All Provide First Aid sessions are now delivered online for the rest of 2020, see details in TrainME.

CPR refresher trainings are suspended until further notice, the minimum qualification requirement for workplace first aiders is Provide First Aid.

Training and guidance

  • Become a workplace first aider

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

    First aiders are appointed by supervisors in each area. If you would like to become a first aider (including for fieldworks), please discuss the opportunity with your supervisor. First aiders must hold a current Provide Frist Aid certificate. 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.

  • First Aid courses and FAQs

    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
    • Provide Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) refresher – HLTAID001
    • Remote Area First Aid – HLTAID005

    The minimum qualification requirement for a workplace first aider is Provide First Aid. Yearly CPR refresher is recommended, but not compulsory. If you are signing up to Provide First Aid, you don't need to book into CPR refresher course in the same time.

    How to enrol

    Log onto TrainME and enrol in an available session.

    If you have enrolment questions, please see the frequently asked questions page for assistance.

    Mental health training for staff

    Counselling & Psychological Services (CAPS) provide a range of mental health training for staff at the university. Visit the Counselling & Psychological Services website for details.

  • 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, enrolment and session information please navigate to the TrainME course catalogue. Please note that managerial approval is required for this training, and any first aid training by other providers cannot be reimbursed. If you are having issues with the enrolment, please visit the TrainME support page.

    If you are not a nominated workplace first aider, or 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 request and subsequent 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

    All 2020 sessions have been cancelled until further notice.

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  • 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.