Frequently Asked Questions

There is no real difference between these two types of courses other than the name. Wilderness is an international term that has been used for over 30 years and since early 90's when Wilderness First Aid became popular in Australia we have adopted the same term. Australian's have always used the term Remote as it describes all the vast isolated areas 'on' and 'off' shore of Australia. Also the word wilderness restricts us to a view of only bushland where remote is so much broader. The main thing to know is courses are highlighted around gaining knowledge and skills to assist the patient 'long term care' where medical assistance is more than 1-2 hours away.

Since the introduction of the 'Wilderness First Aid Skill Set' the Outdoor Industry has considered it a standard to be achieved by Outdoor Leaders. These competencies from the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package meet competency requirements for Wilderness First Aid and will be utilised as the basis for the registration requirements of programs like the National Outdoor Leader Registration Scheme (NOLRS)

As Wilderness First Aid Australia primarily runs programs for organisations in Australia we only have a select number of public courses available per year. Most of the organisations we run training for will allow a number of external participant positions hence why we advertise positions available with certain courses. If you do not see a course on the calendar that suits your dates do not hesitate to contact the office to enquire whether we have some positions on unadvertised courses. Unfortunately, only 60 percent of our courses make it to the website.

Wilderness First Aid Australia is proud to be partnered with one of the leading TAFE providers in Victoria, Australian Institute of Leadership and Safety (AILS). Through this partnership we are able to offer a good range of short courses including Urban, Wilderness and Customised first aid programs.

Our range of Wilderness First Aid courses meet the industry requirements for the new 'Wilderness First Aid Skill Set' derived from both Sport, Fitness and Recreation and Health Training Packages.

Be reassured that along with the high standard of training provided by WFAA and the strong partnership we have with AILS you will be receiving the right qualification for the Outdoor Industry.

Our instructors range from professional outdoor educators, urban EMT’s, Intensive Care Paramedics, Nurses, Ski Patrollers and Guides. The breadth of knowledge and experience covers a wide variety of areas with many years of patient management experience in all types of environments.