Advanced Life Support Courses

General Practice Training Tasmania is a centre for Advanced Life Support courses jointly accredited by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and the Resuscitation Council (UK). These internationally accredited courses have been developed to standardise the teaching of cardiac arrest and resuscitation management.

Advanced Life Support 1

A one-day course aimed at providing the candidate with the skills and knowledge to manage the patient in the immediate period of crisis. It includes the recognition, assessment and immediate management of the deteriorating patient.  This includes those skills for dealing with a cardiac arrest or other medical emergencies in a clinical setting.

Advanced Life Support 2

This is a two-day course with the focus on developing advanced skills in managing deteriorating patient and cardiac arrest. The course is designed for healthcare professionals who would be expected to apply those skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis.

Appropriate participants include paramedics, doctors and nurses working in critical care areas (e.g. ED, CCU, ICU, HDU, acute admissions units) or in the resuscitation /medical emergency team.

Both advanced life support courses are widely accepted by government and private hospitals, healthcare organisations, Australian Defence Force, rural and remote health including the resource industry.

Information sheet for ALS1 & ALS2


ALS Eligibility Criteria

Advanced Life Support 1

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who would be expected to apply the skills taught as part of their clinical duties, or to teach them on a regular basis.

Advanced Life Support 2

This course is advanced life support for the immediate period of crisis. It is aimed at those participating as team members in critical events and is designed to train healthcare personnel in causes and prevention of cardiopulmonary arrest, the ABCDE approach, initial resuscitation, use of the defibrillation (manual and/or AED), and airway management.


Prior skills and competence in CPR is an essential prerequisite to attending the ALS2 course. While the course covers advanced resuscitation skills, it is also designed to develop leadership and team skills in managing such emergencies.

It is not essential to complete the ALS1 prior to the ALS2. However the ALS2 does have a higher level of expected knowledge and recent clinical exposure to critical/crisis events at the commencement of the course.

Participants Assessment

Continuous assessment of candidates occurs throughout the advanced life support courses, including using clinical simulations that allow candidates to demonstrate the core competencies that have been taught during the course. These include airway management, initial assessment and resuscitation and cardiac arrest scenarios.

The course manual is sent out prior to ensure adequate preparation time,  in addition to the pre-test multiple-choice paper that will need to be completed before the course commences.
ALS2 participants will be assessed by a written, multiple-choice question paper and practical cardiac arrest simulated (CAS) scenarios on the final day of the course.


Course Objectives and Outcomes

Advanced Life Support 1

  • Recognise, assess and manage the critically ill patient using a structured ABCDE approach (aiming to prevent cardiac arrest)
  • Airway management skills
  • Basic Life Support
  • Defibrillation skills (Manual and/or AED modes)
  • Cardiac arrest management using the ARC ALS Algorithm
  • Work as an effective team member in a cardiac arrest


Advanced Life Support 2

  • Understand the causes of cardiorespiratory arrest in adults
  • Identify patients at risk of cardiorespiratory arrest
  • Identify and treat acute coronary syndromes
  • Practice and demonstrate the 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
  • Use various emergency drugs in the appropriate clinical settings
  • Practice and demonstrate transcutaneous cardiac pacing in a simulated environment