This one day course is designed to give the candidate the skills for managing a cardiac arrest or other medical emergencies in a clinical setting.  

About this course

Course name

ALS Level 1 - Immediate Life Support

Who should do this course

This course should meet the needs of those who need more advanced skills than the Basic Life Support (BLS) courses, but who do not require the more comprehensive two day Advanced Life Support (ALS) Course. It should provide health care staff with the essential knowledge and skills needed to treat and manage adult cardio respiratory arrest patients.


Medical Education Unit

Jointly accredited by the Resuscitation Council (UK) and and the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC)


One day


8am - 4pm


Clinical Simulation Centre
The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Course overview

This one day course is designed to give the candidate the skills for managing a cardiac arrest or other medical emergencies in a clinical setting. The course covers recognition of the critically ill patient, airway management, resuscitation procedures, defibrillation and basic drug therapy.

Assessment is undertaken during skill stations throughout the day on the ABCDE approach, Initial Resuscitation and Defibrillation and Airway Management.

The aim is to train healthcare personnel to manage patients with cardiac arrest until the arrival of a MET Team (Code Blue) and to participate as members of that team. The course will emphasise the importance of teamwork.

On successful completion of the course, the Australian Resuscitation Council awards the candidate a certificate and registration card valid for 4 years.


  • Causes and prevention of Cardiac Arrest (Lecture)
  • The ABCDE approach (Skill Station)
  • ALS Algorithm (Lecture)
  • Initial Resuscitation and Defibrillation (Skill Station)
  • Crisis Resource Management (Lecture)
  • Airway Management (Skill Station)
  • Cardiac Arrest Simulations (Skill Station)


The objectives of the ALS1 course are to train healthcare personnel:

  • in causes and prevention of cardiopulmonary arrest, the ABCDE approach, initial resuscitation and defibrillation (manual and/or AED) and simple airway management
  • to manage patients in cardiopulmonary arrest until arrival of the resuscitation team
  • to participate as members of the resuscitation team

On completion, participants will be able to:

  • understand the causes of cardio respiratory arrest in adults
  • identify patients at risk of cardio respiratory arrest
  • practice techniques for airway management in a simulated environment
  • identify the main cardiac rhythms associated with cardiac arrest
  • identify the indications for defibrillation and demonstrate safe defibrillation in a simulated environment


Melbourne Health employees: $370

Non Melbourne Health employees: $500

Melbourne Health & Non Melbourne Health Consultants: $600


Courses are held each month from April to December 2019. Use the button below to search for upcoming dates: