WA10BP413 - CPR Online

Craig Smetherham
Vocational Education & Training Coordinator
The Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia

Phone: (08) 9383 8200
Email: csmetherham@rlsswa.com.au

Executive Summary

Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia (RLSSWA) partnered with the WA Faculty of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners to develop an e-learning solution for CPR training.
By using the online CPR training, community general practitioners (GPs) will be able to minimise time away from work, and consequently ensure ongoing care is provided to their communities.
In particular, the training will ensure regional and remote GPs have access to ongoing professional development in skills designed to save lives.


The RLSS and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners WA Faculty (RACGP) partnered to create an online training solution for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
All GPs are required to complete CPR training once every three years as part of their ongoing professional development obligations. As most GPs have hectic work schedules and many are located in regional and remote areas, it was thought that the introduction of a training solution that enabled them to complete their training requirements from the office or at home would ease the process of certification.
The end result of the project was an online training solution that is invaluable to GPs, but also has a much wider community appeal as CPR training forms a part of quite a number of qualifications, and is delivered in many contexts across Australia.

The Application
After consultation between RLSSWA and RACGP (and in particular the education committee) it was decided that forming a partnership to create an e-learning CPR solution would be beneficial to both parties.
A company with prior experience in the development of e-learning applications (Beyondedge) was identified due to the fact they had previously successfully created an e-learning platform for an entire first aid course for the Queensland Ambulance Service. After consultation with Beyondedge, it was determined that their previous work could be successfully amended to meet the requirements of the current project - a benefit that would reduce the cost as well as the time required for the project.
The application submitted was approved, enabling all the development costs of the project to be met by WA E-learning Innovations 2010 funding, as well as some funding to cover the expenses associated with training GPs as specialist CPR assessors.

Benefits experienced by The Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia

​ The immediate benefits of the project were accessible to, and enjoyed by GPs throughout WA. In particular, those who were located in regional and remote areas (approximately 200) found the training solution dramatically reduced the inconvenience that would otherwise be associated with having to travel to attend a course.
In the long term, the benefits of the project will be accessible to a wide range of organisations across Australia. According to ntis.gov.au there are currently 347 registered training organisations (RTOs) scoped to deliver the unit HLTCPR201A - Perform CPR in Australia, with 102 of those registered to operate in Western Australia.
While there will invariably always be a need for face-to-face component in CPR training (particularly in regards to the assessment processes), the theory (and some assessments) can be completed online, this will effectively reduce the duration of face-to-face time required from four hours to approximately 20 minutes.

Lessons learnt
The project manager came into the position half way through the project and found it difficult when there was very little information on the project and felt that some of the problems encountered may have been easily resolved if they had been involved with the project from the beginning. They also found that there was a large workload towards the end of the project instead of being evenly distributed.
The project team were happy with their project using actors rather than employees, but it was at a considerable cost to the project. Also having all filming in a studio in Queensland and not being personally on hand to oversee the practical component was a problem. Also when developing the scripts it always takes much longer than you think.

The results

There was a delay in the launch of the project, but trials with a small group were very positive and the outcomes will be measured as planned when the course becomes available in early 2011.
To view CPR Online click on:
http://www.beyondedge.com/clients/rlswa/191/Perform CPR eLearning link

Reflections and suggestions

Framework connection

The national training system’s e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework funds and supports E-learning Innovations projects which aim to embed e-learning into the national training system by supporting and enabling innovation in training design and delivery, at the state and territory level.
RLSSWA will happily contribute its outputs for use in the Australian Flexible Learning Framework.


This is a [insert state/territory] E-learning Innovations project output, developed by The Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia (RLSS) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners - WA Faculty (RACGP), with seed funding from the Framework.

For more information

Craig Smetherham 
Manager First Aid
Vocational Education & Training

The Royal Life Saving Society – Western Australia Inc

P: (08) 9383 8200
F: (08) 9383 9922
E: csmetherham@rlsswa.com.au
W: www.lifesavingwa.com.au

For more information on the Australian Flexible Learning Framework:
Phone: (07) 3307 4700
Email: enquiries@flexiblelearning.net.au
Website: flexiblelearning.net.au