Should I do an NDIS first aid course?
If you’re a carer for someone participating in the NDIS, then having up-to-date skills in first aid is not only useful – it’s potentially life-saving. Not everyone has a legal or professional obligation to maintain first aid certification, but the reality is that people with severe disabilities can often be at greater risk of accident and injury and are often less able to administer their own first aid. Whether you’re a professional disability care worker or a family member caring for a loved one, you could quite easily be the only person present in an emergency, and it’ll be up to you to provide medical care.
The good news is that getting trained and professionally certified in first aid is neither an expensive process nor a long one. First Aid Pro is a nationally accredited RTO that can provide professional training and certification in first aid (and other related areas) to individuals and groups. Whether you’re looking to learn the essentials of first aid, CPR, basic emergency life support, or the fundamentals of manual handling, we can help.
Exactly what is NDIS, and how does it work?
Let’s start with the essentials. The NDIS, or National Disability Insurance Scheme, is a government assistance scheme that provides financial support to people with a serious and potentially permanent disability. One of the common forms this support takes is to provide professional carers to assist physically impaired participants with day to day tasks. It can also include upgrades to a property (such as providing wheelchair access and bathroom facilities), and specialised equipment such as prosthetic limbs and motorised wheelchairs.
The NDIS is entirely publicly funded. The term “Insurance” in the title is more to describe the working principles behind the scheme – there’s no need to “buy” a policy or contribute any of your own funds. In fact, it’s estimated that over the next five years, over $22 billion in government funding will be provided to eligible participants of the NDIS.
Is the NDIS widely available in Darwin and the NT?
Yes, very much so. At the start of 2021, the Northern Territory had 3,631 NDIS participants with an approved care plan. Of those, the majority (over 58%) were in the urban Darwin area. There were also a total of 294 NDIS providers across the state, with around two thirds of those based in Darwin. So the services are certainly there.
Of course, each provider can only support a limited number of people, with Darwin providers supporting an average of around ten participants each.
Does First Aid Pro operate Australia wide, and is there a training venue in the Darwin area?
Yes, First Aid Pro provides training to all the following Australian states and territories.
- Adelaide, South Australia
- Brisbane, Queensland
- Darwin, NT
- Hobart, Tasmania
- Launceston, Tasmania
- Melbourne, VIC
- Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
- Perth, Western Australia
- Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland
- Sydney, NSW
Our main training venue in Darwin is at the DoubleTree Hilton – Level 5, 116 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT 0800. However, we can provide on-site training to groups and businesses at other locations.
What types of training do you offer to NDIS carers?
First Aid Pro has a range of nationally recognised training courses available to cover a wide variety of needs. Some of the main training options we offer are shown below.
- HLTAID009 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- HLTAID010 – Provide basic emergency life support (BELS)
- HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid
- HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
- HLTAID013 – Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site
- HLTAID014 – Provide Advanced First Aid
- HLTAID015 – Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy
Some of these courses have previously been known by other official names and codes. If someone has referred to you get training in one of the following, it’s worth noting that we can offer the current equivalent of those courses.
- HLTAID001 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- HLTAID002 – Provide basic emergency life support
- HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
- HLTAID004 – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education & care setting
- HLTAID005 – Provide first aid in remote situations
- HLTAID006 – Provide advanced first aid
- HLTAID007 – Provide advanced resuscitation
Am I able to do an NDIS first aid course online?
With our online first aid course, you’re able to do the vast majority of the course theory over the internet, at your own pace and in hours that suit you.
The course teaches the essentials of first aid, basic emergency life support (BELS), and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and can provide certification in all three topics. The only face-to-face contact required is a brief two-hour practical session to demonstrate your skills to your trainer. And although this does generally require attending a training venue, having only a two-hour practical session rather than an entire course can make this a lot more viable.
What are my options for an NDIS first aid course if I’m in a remote location?
Under many circumstances, First Aid Pro can do on-site training for groups and businesses. So if you’re part of a business or community with a need to improve its knowledge and skills in first aid (such as a group of NDIS disability support workers in a particular region), get in touch, and we may be able to come to you.
For individuals, this might not prove to be cost-effective. In these cases, one of the advantages of our online first aid course is that you can complete the theory component in any location where you have internet access, regardless of how remote you might be. And the fact that the practical session takes only two hours means that you have the potential to fly in and fly out for training, returning the very same day and keeping accommodation and baggage costs to the bare minimum.
What if I’m a carer for someone who’s on the NDIS for mental health reasons?
The NDIS can support participants with a wide range of disabilities, including what’s referred to as psychosocial disabilities – a disability that arises from a mental health issue. So having someone on the NDIS for mental health reasons isn’t uncommon. In addition to this, it’s not unusual for a severe disability to also give rise to secondary mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Both of these can present unique challenges for a carer and can sometimes require what’s referred to as mental health first aid (MHFA) – responding to a significant mental health crisis in the same way as one might respond to a physical accident or injury. Of course, this requires quite a different skill set to conventional first aid.
One of the training packages now offered by First Aid Pro is our mental health first aid course. This course teaches you to recognise the signs of common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, and provide appropriate assistance and care in a crisis. The course is accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia.
If you’d like more details, or you’re hoping to sign up for a course, why not get in touch with us by email, or by phone on 1300 032 129?
Who are the providers for the NDIS near me?
If you’re looking for NDIS support in your area, there are several ways to get started.
If you’re looking specifically for NDIS funded carers, a great place to start is by heading to the Hireup website. Hireup is an organisation that seeks to make the process of finding carers easier, placing the power in the hands of those needing the care while still making the process more straightforward for the carers.
If you’re looking more broadly – trying to find NDIS providers in your area – one of the simplest places to start is going straight to the NDIS website, where you can search for providers by region. Alternatively, a quick search on google maps for “ndis providers near darwin” or “ndis providers near katherine” will pinpoint them on the map for you, with contact information for each provider easily accessible. The information might not be as current as the NDIS site though.