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Advanced Life Support Level 2 - Aust Resus

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Face to face
60 hours

The ALS course aims to teach the theory and practical skills to effectively manage patients in crisis including cardiorespiratory arrest, pre-arrest situations and special circumstances. It aims to prepare senior members of a multidisciplinary team to treat the patient and problem solve crisis situations. 

The ALS course provides a standardised systematic approach to deteriorating patient assessment and immediate management as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation in adults including advanced skills in cardiac causes of arrest, post resuscitation care, external pacing, cardioversion and interpretation of blood gasses.

A standardised approach for all has the potential for those who have attended the course arriving at a clinical emergency working much more cohesively and increasing the teamwork effectiveness between them. They will have the same approach to assessment and management of the critical situation and as such potentially minimise errors. Communication is enhanced by the use of a standard tool for handover and escalation of care taught on the course.

This course will include ethical decision making with respect to appropriate end of life care within scenario based learning. 

The course is delivered in a face to face format in small group workshops and scenario team based simulation sessions.  


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Pre activity

Pre-reading of ARC ALS2 Manual (218 pages A4 size) Completion of pre-course MCQ

Post activity

Following education period on the course a testing period is used. 1) Post Course MCQ 2) Management of Patient in crisis and cardiac arrest as team leader

Learning objective

Systematic assessment of a patient in crisis identifying and treating life threatening issues using an ABCDE approach

Perform effective basic life support

Deliver appropriate safe defibrillation therapy using a manual mode defibrillator

Demonstrate management of a patient using the standardised approach of the Australian Resuscitation Council cardiac arrest algorithm 

Summarise how resuscitation techniques are modified in special circumstances

Discuss the management of cardiac causes of cardiac arrest

Be able to demonstrate management of patients with tachyarrhythmias and bradycardia in order to prevent further deterioration 

Plan to facilitate the safe transfer of the post resuscitation patient

Use effective communication in teams to manage crisis situations and complete effective handover of care

Candidates will be asked to provide an email address and AHPRA number to enable the Australian Resuscitation Council to uniquely identify candidate in order to offer recertification and reminders when they are due. No contact information is passed on or used for other purposes. 

Assessment info

Course assessment is via summative and formative methods.

Continuous assessment of the following;
Management of the airway and ventilation using manual techniques, airway adjuncts including OPA, NPA and supraglotic devices.

Delivery of effective basic life support including use of manual mode defibrillation. 

Completion of post educational period cognitive assessment using a Multi-choice questionnaire (MCQ). 120 questions with pass mark of 75%. Completed at end of the course under exam closed book conditions. 

Demonstrate management of a patient in the role of a team leader in a scenario based assessment. A scenario will be presented to the candidate and they will be rated using a standardised criteria to assess if they deliver care in accordance with current guidelines.

The education programs provided should be consistent could be standardised within areas, regions or jurisdictions. The Australian Resuscitation Council Adult Advanced Life Support Courses offer the only national standardised courses. While the course is valid for 4 years it is advised the individual kills are practiced or refreshed at regular intervals in order to retain confidence in practice of these techniques.


Additional info

A pre-reading period of 4 weeks prior to the face to face course is required. Prior to this time the course centre will send a copy of the manual for the candidate to retain to read. A pre-course MCQ will accompany the manual.

The course is targeted at clinicians with experience in crisis situations.  

It is advised all potential candidates have recency in BLS skills. 

The course includes the physical activities related to advanced life support including performing chest compressions, airway management and use of manual defibrillation. Candidates are advised to report any reasons for physical limitations or pre-existing injuries to faculty in order to prevent further risk. Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn to perform these activities. 

Advanced Life Support Level 2 - Aust Resus
Provider Type
Education Provider
60 hours
Start Date
End Date
CPD Points
30 PRPD, 10 ALS
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