About Pain Management
The Pain Management Certificate provides participants with the skills and knowledge required by current members or
employees of SLSA or its affiliated bodies to be permitted to carry and administer methoxyflurane as a basic
pain management technique.
Pain management is a critical role of first responders and Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has extended capability in some states/territories to include the use of analgesic gases.

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Assess the casu­alty and develop a man­age­ment plan
  • Check inhal­able anal­ge­sia equipment
  • Iden­tify and respond to contra-indications for the admin­is­tra­tion of inhal­able analgesia
  • Seek and gain per­mis­sion for admin­is­tra­tion from the patient, or a per­son with legal respon­si­bil­ity for the patient
  • Set up the inhaler device
  • Pro­vide appro­pri­ate instruc­tions for use to the patient
  • Mon­i­tor the admin­is­tra­tion and use of the inhal­able analgesia
  • Doc­u­ment (record) the admin­is­tra­tion of the inhal­able anal­ge­sia, includ­ing effects and any side effects
  • Provide appro­pri­ate han­dover to ambu­lance personnel
In addition, this award may also be aligned to the following unit of competency:
  • PUAEME005A Provide pain management.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:


There are no specific qualifications


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Other Requirements

Meet your state licensing requirements of Schedule S4 drugs Be proficient in the following SLSA award: o Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate. Hold the following units of competency: o HLTAID003 Provide first aid o HLTAID007 Provide advanced resuscitation. If you believe you already possess some or all of the skills and knowledge of this award, or who have received one or more of the related units of competency, you may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer.

How do I make it happen?

This course is not available in all locations. Please check with the Education Manager at your State Centre what your local requirements are. https://sls.com.au/state-centres/

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