Australian Institute for Clinical Education


Practitioner Immediate Life Support



PILS combines expert clinical teaching with innovative delivery techniques, to deliver precision designed blended learning outcomes for a range of clinicians

The PILS course sets the gold standard in teaching professionals from early-career to experienced clinicians, including those in non-critical care areas, how to systematically examine undifferentiated patients, evaluate causes of cardiac arrest, prevent progression to sudden cardiac death, and perform high quality basic management if cardiac arrest cannot be avoided


The PILS course delivers competencies in Basic Life Support, safe defibrillation, airway management to the level of Laryngeal Mask Airway placement and trauma skills such as cervical collar and spinal log roll

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PILS Acute Care is designed for a wide range of clinicians, from medical and nursing students, through new medical and nursing graduates, Registered Nurses, Resident Medical Officers, and experienced Career Medical Officers, and all grades of paramedic staff from ALS / P1 to ICP / MICA, to senior Consultant-level specialist staff.

PILS Acute Care 
delivers vital education and training to those clinicians who may see deteriorating patients on a ward basis, who may be responsible for the care of patients on medical or surgical wards or who may work in an Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit or other critical care setting.



PILS Community is designed for General Practitioners, Community Nurses and rural or remote paramedics who see patients who may be at an earlier stage of an acute illness, who may have recognised co-morbidities, and whom they may have responsibility for ongoing care.

PILS Community delivers vital education and training to those clinicians who work in a more isolated situation and who may also have senior responsibility for the care of patients in rural, regional or remote Emergency Departments



PILS Radiology has been adapted specifically for the needs of radiologists, radiographers and others who manage patients in a clinic setting, often remote from hospitals and high-level care.

PILS Radiology combines the unique PILS blended learning with specific radiological areas of concern, to address the deteriorating and suddenly collapsing patient in relation to IV contrast injection, anaphylaxis and cardiac arrest management in confined spaces






The PILS course has been taught to groups of clinicians as diverse as JMOs, GPs and psychiatrists, and is based on high quality video-based eLearning modules; including formative and summative assessment tasks, complemented by skills face-to-face skills training delivered by expert trainers.

Designed according to the best adult education principles, the PILS eLearning course is divided into short video and Flash® based modules, based on a core PowerPoint® 2010 platform, and complete with animation and voice over




The prelearning core modules are completed by a half-day face-to-face PILS Clinical Skills Workshop, delivered on-site by experienced clinical trainers with backgrounds in medicine, critical care nursing or paramedicine, and usually qualified as ARC ALS instructors or with equivalent educational qualifications.

The PILS Clinical Skills Workshop is completed by problem-centered scenarios, allowing candidates to integrate knowledge and skills in a team approach


Case-based post learning assessment allows a summary of educational experience and outcomes, and delivers an objective measure which can be used to demonstrate both theoretical knowledge and clinical competencies