HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care

Formerly known as HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science.

This new emergency health care (2021) qualification focuses on developing skills to become a Advanced Life Support medic/Paramedic Assistant in the pre-hospital and out-of-hospital emergency health sector.

Develop unique skills to provide clinical assessment and pre-hospital and out-of-hospital interventions to patients in an emergency; including providing advanced skills in life support. This qualification applies to a variety of roles within the health care and patient transport system.

The HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care has been introduced to cater for;

– The rapidly developing private sector role as an advanced life support medic or industrial emergency response officer

– A pathway into university to study a Bachelor of Paramedic Science on the way to becoming a registered Ambulance Paramedic.

Advanced Clinical Skills Development

After completion of the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care, graduates possess knowledge and skills equivalent to the level of Advanced Life Support medic. Skills include competency in advanced airway management, 12 lead ECG monitoring and manual defibrillation, IV cannulation and fluid resuscitation, chest decompression.

Some skill sets learned at this level are comparable with those of an Ambulance Paramedic, although limitations to the Clinical Scope of Practice apply.

Typically the skill sets covered in the diploma are;

Pharmacology and Drug Therapy Protocols

Access (intravenous, cannulation)

Airway management

Patient extrication

Cardiac (12 lead ECG)

Drug Administration





Behavioural disturbances

Employment Opportunities

Upon completing the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care, these types of careers are achievable;

    • Life Support Medic (to skill level greater than a HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care (Basic Life Support medic)
    • Paramedic Assistant (not an Ambulance Paramedic)
    • Industrial medic in the private sector
    • Event Medic/First Responder
    • Emergency Services Officer (ESO) (mining and industrial)

Course Duration & Requirements

Study duration: 18 – 24 months

Study mode: Online with Clinical Workshops.

  • QLD – Burleigh Heads, 4220
  • NSW – Smeaton Grange, 2567
  • VIC – Carrum Downs, 3201
  • WA – Welshpool, 6106

Clinical Workshop: 2 x 7-days throughout the training.

Clinical Placement: initial placement of 40 hours after completion on Clinical Workshop #1. 120 hours placement after completion of Clinical Workshop #2.

*Clinical placement is classed as supervised activities undertaken by a student to work (paid or volunteer) as a real paramedic. Placements can be with an Ambulance service, Rural fire service, SES, event organisers etc. APC in conjunction with Industry Pathways has developed a network of service providers who in most states. Completion of clinical placement is a responsibility of the student. IPW and APC will make every effort to assist in the completion of clinical placement obligations.

Additionally, on the Australian Paramedical College Facebook page, there are regular requests for students to attend a wide variety of events in a non-emergency medic capacity.

Student Support Network

Studying with Industry Pathways/Australian Paramedical College means you have unlimited support and encouragement throughout your studies. A dedicated student support network, industry-experienced trainers, student success team and additional support teams are always on-hand to assist with;

– Time management techniques to keep your study on track.
– Stress management techniques to help balance study and a busy lifestyle.
– Study method tips to get the most out of the tools we offer.
– Self-care tips to maintain high-levels of motivation and action.
– Financial provisions to spread the cost of developing your future career.

Units of Competency studies in this Advanced Life Support training course.

17 Units of Competency make up the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care qualification. The subjects you will study have been carefully selected to cater for the future demands of the emergency health care industry. Employers and health care providers have agreed that theHLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care units you will study are essential and relevant to the skills and demands of the out-of-hospital emergency response environment.

  • 9 core units
  • 8 elective units (these areas of study have already been included in the course curriculum)
1 BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
2 HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
3 HLTAAP002 Confirm Physical Health Status
4 HLTOUT010 Communicate in complex situations to support health care
5 HLTOUT007 Transport non-emergency patients under operational conditions
6 HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
7 HLTOUT008 Manage a scene
8 HLTOUT004 Assess and deliver basic clinical care
9 HLTOUT001 Implement safe access and egress
10 CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
7-day Clinical Intensive Workshop
40 hours Clinical Placement
11 HLTOUT005 Assess and deliver standard clinical care
12  HLTOUT009 Manage the scene of a major incident
7-day Clinical Intensive Workshop
120 hours Clinical Placement
13 CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
14 BSBLDR301 Support effective workplace relationships
15 CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
16 CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
17 HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment

Entry Requirements

There are no pre-requisites to apply to study the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care. Basic requirements are to possess a good understanding of English and math. Applicants who feel challenged by the thought of study can apply and have their application discussed with a course advisor.

Owing to the high volume of enquiries, IPW and APC maintain a strict student selection process. Every application is reviewed by our in-house panel to maintain a high-quality training environment. The benefit to our students is  to maintain a student/trainer balance to deliver the best levels of support students expect.

For information on the application process please see below.

Call us today on (07) 5520 2522 for more information.

Application Process

Industry Pathways is a leading provider of nationally recognised Paramedical training and is a Registered Training Organisation: (NPN:32513)