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PUAEME008 Provide pain management

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PUAEME008 Provide pain management

 Assessment requirements and full course content information for students

PUAEME008 Provide pain management standards are set for all Australian vocational accredited training providers. They must follow the assessment guidelines set out by The Australian Skills Quality Authority “promotes quality training so that students, employers, and industry can have confidence in Australia’s training sector”. (ASQA)

Private educational providers like International Paramedic CollegeThe Red Cross and St John Ambulancewe are fully regulated by The Australian Government’s Skills Quality Authority (ASQEA) to provide the health and safety qualifications we deliver. Our regulation is through this national government accreditation body to provide professional courses and accredited qualifications.

It is how training providers interpret and deliver the content that provides the learner with a quality training experience.

The Assessment Process – Introduction

Welcome to the assessment section of your course. You have been provided with access to International Paramedic College’s course learning materials; it is expected that you have read and understood the content prior to starting the assessments.

We use a range of assessment methods to gather evidence of your knowledge and applied skills. These are as follows:

Multiple-choice questions / Short answer questions

Practical activities – your assessor observes you demonstrating required skills

Foundation Skills

Foundation Skills are embedded in the assessment tasks, this means that the language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills. You are required to demonstrate during your participation are assessed at the same time as the other required skills and knowledge for the unit.

Competency Completion

You must successfully complete all assessment activities to be deemed competent.


  1. Individual assessment tasks will be marked as:

Satisfactory (S)                 Not yet Satisfactory (NYS)

  1. On the completion of all assessment tasks, a final result will be given as:

Competent (C)                  Not yet competent (NYC)

You will be given the results to Assessment Activity 1 online or at the beginning of your face-to-face session, and you will be given the opportunity to re-sit any tasks you did not satisfactorily complete at the end of the day.

Your assessor will give you feedback as you complete the practical assessment activities in Part B and, again, if you are not given a satisfactory outcome on the first attempt you will have the opportunity to re-sit these tasks at the end of the day.

Reasonable Adjustment—Learning difficulties

Enrolment in this training requires participants to provide details on any learning or physical difficulties which may impact on their training outcomes. This may include any language, literacy, or numeracy issues.

Discuss any special needs with your assessor, who may be able to make any required, reasonable adjustment to the assessments to meet these needs. Please note the requirements under physical activity below.

Reasonable adjustment may include access to paper-based assessments due to technical or access issues to online assessment systems.

Please speak with us before assessment if you have any concerns.

Physical Requirements

If you suffer an allergy to latex products, please advise us. 

Practical activities involve training scenarios conducted at floor level and contact with other students/instructors. Please wear suitable clothing.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the acknowledgement of competencies obtained through formal training, work experience and life experience. If you feel you are entitled to recognition, please discuss with your assessor, who will explain the process in detail. Please note:

  • you cannot be granted RPL for part of the unit, it must be for the entire unit
  • RPL does not apply if you are refreshing your First Aid training as recommended by Industry Standards– once every year for PUAEME008 Provide pain management and once every three years for First Aid.

Assessment Appeals

If you are unhappy with the result of an assessment, talk to your assessor first to see if can resolve the issue. However, if you are still not happy we have an Assessment Appeals Process, this can be accessed in our Student Handbook.

Further Information

Further information relevant to our assessment processes can be found in the Student Handbook which is on our website, or you can contact the office or your trainer for a hard copy. Topics include:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Credit Transfer (CT)
  • Student Support
  • Student Rights and Responsibility
  • Reasonable adjustment
  • Complaints and Assessment Appeals Procedure and Forms
  • Issuing Certificates and Statements of Attainment
  • Assessment Outcomes
  • Reasonable Adjustment
  • Submission of Assessments
  • Authenticity of work
  • Foundation Skills

The Unit

Complete details of the contents can be found at:

Unique Student Identifier Number (USI)

From 1 January 2015 anyone undertakes nationally recognised training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you have not yet applied for a USI, you will need to do so before attending training with us.

To apply or to check if you already have a USI number is a rapid and painless online process at the Australian Government website Follow the prompts as a student.  Click here to apply online or check your USI number.

If you require help in obtaining one, please contact the office. If you are unable or choose not to provide a USI, or have an exemption granted under the Student Identifiers Act 2014. Then your training outcome will not be recorded on your USI account and will not be available in future years as part of the authenticated USI transcript service.



Please refer to the information in The Assessment Process – Introduction for general information on IPC’s assessment processes. Information is also included in the Student Handbook, available at here, or a hard copy is available from your assessor.

As explained previously, we use a range of assessment methods to gather evidence of your knowledge and applied skills for the unit.

In Practical assessments, our assessment method is:

Part B: Practical activities – your assessor observes you demonstrating required skills.

Practical Activities

Part B: Student Instructions

You are to complete a series of practical assessments based on real life scenarios that you may come across in your workplace. These will be completed during advertised practical class time. You will be required to demonstrate the application of emergency first aid skills in a simulated workplace or community setting.

You may refer to the checklist during the trainer’s explanation and demonstration of the activity and while practising the task. However, to ensure the assessment simulates a real life first aid response, you will be unable to reference it while demonstrating your skills in the assessment task.

Your assessor will use the observation checklists contained in this section or the online version of the Assessment Guide to assess your performance as satisfactory or not yet satisfactory.

To achieve competency for the unit, you must complete all tasks satisfactorily. If you do not achieve this on the first attempt, your assessor will ensure you have the time to practice the task again and will observe you when you feel confident to undertake the assessment again.

Part B- Assessment Activities are as follows

A copy of the practical observation checklists will be provided before assessment, so you are aware of the requirements and what you will be assessed on. Please contact us to order additional copies or if further information is required. Additional copies are available from the office if required, please contact administration. Marking of practical observation checklists may be performed online or on paper copy.

Assessment Activity Subject Assessment Method
Assessment Activity 1 Short answer question Observation
Assessment Activity 2 Portfolio of documents Review
Assessment Activity 3 Case Study – Use of analgesia Observation
Assessment Activity 4 Case Study – Use of analgesia Observation


Course Information for PUAEME008 Provide pain management

The following is an extract from the training course documents which outline what the student must achieve to satisfactorily complete a first aid course in Australia. The latest copy of this document is publicly available at

PUAEME008 Provide pain management

Modification History

Release 1. This is the first release of this unit of competency in the PUA Public Safety Training Package.


This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to administer restricted analgesics to provide pain management as part of a medically supervised first responder organisation. It includes identifying the need for analgesia; accessing, preparing and administering restricted pain relief such as analgesics and aspirin according to medically endorsed protocols; performing casualty handovers and completing analgesic use requirements.

The unit is applicable for personnel from emergency services, volunteer organisations or organisations that provide a medically supervised first aid service. Licensing requirements for the storage and administration of drugs may apply.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit

HLTAID003 Provide first aid

 Competency Field

Emergency Care

Unit Sector

Public Safety

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes. Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
1 Identify need for analgesia 1.1 Casualty’s need for pain relief is identified
    1.2 Available options to relieve casualty’s pain are reviewed
    1.3 Contraindications and precautions for use of analgesic drug are identified and appropriate use for casualty is confirmed
    1.4 Appropriate dosage for casualty is confirmed, in accordance with organisational procedures, industry standards and protocols
    1.5 Emergency medical assistance is requested, as required
2 Access and prepare analgesic 2.1 Secure storage of analgesic drug is accessed, in accordance with organisational procedures
    2.2 Analgesic documentation is completed, in accordance with organisational procedures
    2.3 Retrieval of correct drug within its expiry date is confirmed, in accordance with organisational procedures
    2.4 Analgesic drug is prepared, in accordance with industry standards and organisational procedures
3 Administer analgesic 3.1 The purpose of the analgesic drug is explained to casualty
    3.2 Casualty is advised as to use of the analgesic drug and its potential impact
    3.3 Casualty consent to administer treatment is obtained
    3.4 Analgesic drug is administered, in accordance with   industry standards and protocols
    3.5 Casualty is continuously monitored whilst administering analgesic drug
4 Perform casualty handover 4.1 Details of incident including analgesic drug administration are communicated to medical personnel
    4.2 Written record of treatment including analgesic drug and dosage is supplied to medical personnel in accordance with organisational procedures
5 Complete analgesic use requirements 5.1 Unused analgesic drugs are disposed of, in accordance with organisational procedures
    5.2 Details of drugs use is recorded in log, in accordance with organisational procedures
    5.3 Debriefing and/or evaluation of the incident is undertaken, in accordance with organisational procedures

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.

Non-essential conditions may be found in the Companion Volume Implementation Guide.

Unit Mapping Information

This unit replaces and is equivalent to PUAEME008 Provide pain management.


PUA Training Package Companion Volume Implementation Guide is found in VET Net –

Assessment Requirements for PUAEME008 Provide pain management.

Modification History

Release 1. This is the first release of this unit of competency in the PUA Public Safety Training Package.

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all requirements of the elements and performance criteria on at least one occasion and includes:

  • accessing and preparing appropriate dosage of analgesic, including checking for contraindications and precautions before administering and identifying appropriate use of analgesic drug for the casualty
  • applying Work, Health, and Safety (WHS)/Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements
  • communicating with casualty to provide comfort and instruction about the analgesic drug
  • completing written logs and documentation
  • complying with legislation and industry standards
  • following medically endorsed protocols
  • identifying situations for use of analgesic drugs during first aid
  • monitoring the casualty whilst analgesic drug is administered including assessing vital signs including level of consciousness, breathing rate, pulse rate, skin colour and temperature
  • reporting casualty condition and analgesic administration during handover
  • requesting ambulance and/or medical assistance
  • safely administering analgesic drug
  • safely securing analgesic drugs in storage facility


Knowledge Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all requirements of the elements and performance criteria, and includes knowledge of:

  • Communication techniques and protocols
  • Contraindications and precautions for use of analgesic drugs
  • Legislation for storage and administration of restricted drugs
  • Manufacturers’ guidelines
  • Options for pain relief and/or management
  • Organisational documentation, policies, and procedures
  • Organisational protocols and procedures covering storage, administering and administration of restricted drugs including permits and/or licences
  • Principles of casualty pain assessment and management
  • Work, Health, and Safety (WHS)/Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements including risk mitigation


Assessment Conditions

As a minimum, assessors must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.

As a minimum, assessment must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.

Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy, and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.

Assessment must occur in workplace operational situations. Where this is not appropriate, assessment must occur in industry approved simulated workplace operational situations that reflect workplace conditions.

Resources for assessment must include access to:

·       A range of relevant exercises, case studies and/or simulations

·       Relevant and appropriate materials, equipment, tools, and personal protective clothing and equipment currently used in industry including

·       Permits and/or licences for the storage and use of restricted analgesic drugs

·       Applicable documentation including organisational procedures, industry standards, equipment specifications, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals


PUA Training Package Companion Volume Implementation Guide is found in VET Net –




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