Covid-19 and APLS courses

  • New course registrations and transfers are temporarily suspended
  • Please bear with us while we make some technical updates
  • Bookings will reopen + 2021 course calendar released early August
  • Candidates and faculty: please consider local courses only
  • August & September courses are local candidates and faculty only
  • Melbourne 27-29 July, 7-9 Aug, 20-22 Aug, 27-29 Aug, Sep 9-11, Sep 24-26; Orange 6-8 Nov courses cancelled

(Updated: 28th July 2020)

APLS training programs resumed July 1st and bookings will be open again shortly for our 2021 calendar and the remaining 2020 places.

As usual, please bear in mind the recommended 6-8 weeks preparation time before booking a course

Also bear in mind the likelihood of continued interstate travel restrictions and please consider local courses first. Candidates travelling interstate will be removed from a course if state border restrictions remain in place. Please don't take the risk, and stay close to home. 

Due to the current restrictions in Victoria as of 21st July, we have cancelled the Melbourne 27-29 July, Melbourne 7-9 August, Melbourne 20-22 August, Melbourne 27-29 August, Melbourne 9-11 September and Melbourne 24-26 September courses. We have also cancelled the Orange 6-8 November course. If you're affected by these cancellations, we have contacted you with options to transfer your booking. Feel free to contact us on course.enquiries@apls.org.au

We are also aiming to open registrations for our full 2021 calendar by early August. 

APLS courses will, of course, look a little different for the foreseeable future.

As an organisation, our highest priority is to provide a safe environment for our participants, instructors and staff.

Our strategies will depend on the current COVID guidelines in the state the course is held in, and the current COVID situation in the community. 

Our guiding principles for providing a COVID-safe learning environment will be practical, achievable and evidence-based measures which match national, local state government and Safe Work Australia guidelines. 

PPE such as masks, gloves and hand sanitiser will be provided, equipment will be regularly sanitised during courses and we are auditing our venues and setting up catering arrangements which are compatible with social distancing requirements. 

We are remodelling our Melbourne training centre and are in close contact with all our venues to comply with guidelines of one participant per 4 mwith 1.5 metres distance. For sessions where social distancing guidelines are not feasible, such as during scenario and skills teaching sessions, we will expect the use of surgical masks and strict hand hygiene. You can read our full candidate guidance here

We will continue to actively monitor local and national guidelines, with the awareness that further outbreaks may result in the postponement of courses along with border controls and travel restrictions imposed by workplaces or local health authorities.

To help us mitigate this risk, we ask that for now, you only register for courses local to you.

Please consider a course in your home city / town as far as possible, or home state. This applies to both candidates and faculty.

We would also like to emphasise the importance of self-screening to candidates attending courses. If you are unwell or have had any contact with any suspected cases, course fees are fully transferable and you will be supported in enrolling for another suitable course with no change or cancellations fees. 

This will be a process and we’ll learn as we go, but we will try to manage these requirements with as little disruption as possible to our usual course structure.

We hope the above steps will help provide safety and peace of mind as we recover together from this pandemic. Our board and management team will continually review our approach to a COVID-19 safe environment for APLS, and any changes will be communicated to you, as candidates and faculty, first.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the APLS team.

Thanks for bearing with us, and it’s great to be back.
 

APLS Australia Statement on Paediatric Resuscitation during the COVID-19 Pandemic (14 April 2020)

Paediatric Advanced Life Support algorithm – with COVID-19 considerations jpg pdf

APLS Board statement on COVID-19: All APLS courses postponed until July 2020

 

FAQs

I'm a candidate on a course between now and June 30th.

How do I reschedule my course?

Log into your APLS account via My APLS and open your 'Courses & Bookings'. You can find this in your user profile and via the orange 'My Courses & Bookings' tab on the right. 

You will see the details of your cancelled course and a 'Reschedule now' button. 

Click this, and you will see a list of available courses and places. 

When you're ready to transfer your booking, choose a course from this list and confirm your selection.

This will fully transfer your booking to your new course. You will receive a booking confirmation via email straightaway, and the rest of your pre-course information will be sent to you in due course by the admin team. 

As a friendly reminder, please consider the recommended 6-8 weeks preparation time, leave and travel restrictions before confirming your transfer to a new course.

You can transfer to any future course (subject to availability) between now and December 2021. So if you're not ready to reschedule now, please be assured that your registration fee is safe with us and we will hold your booking. If you're not able to confirm your place on a course by 31 December 2021, APLS will provide you with a full refund on request. 

10 additional courses for late 2020 have already been added to our calendar, and each time we release a new set of course dates you will have 14 days priority access to transfer to these courses. We will let you know via email each time we release new course dates. 

You will have already received these instructions via email; contact us if you'd like them sent again or if you have any questions. 

How do I request a refund? 

We’ll be in touch with you to ask whether you would like to transfer, hold your booking, or request a refund. If you would prefer to cancel your booking, we will refund you in full. You may retain your course manual, no need to return that to APLS. If your refund request is urgent, please email courseenquiries@apls.org.au. Otherwise, please wait for us to contact you and let us know your preference then. 

What happens if I hold my booking?

You will have priority access to any course between now and December 2021, subject to availability. We will keep your course fees as credit for a place on a future course of your choosing, and we’re happy if you would like to wait until the situation stabilises and we can announce our 2021 course dates. The 'Reschedule now' button as described above will be available in your account until you use it to transfer your booking. 

Will I be charged any fees? 

No. No change, cancellation or admin fees will be charged to any candidate. The usual APLS cancellation policy will be suspended until further notice. If you decide to cancel your booking, we will refund you in full. You may retain your APLS manual, no need to return that to us. We fully understand how fast-moving and demanding the situation is for our vital health care workers and we will try and be as flexible as possible to support you.

Can I still access my pre-course online learning? 

Yes, your e-learning access will still be available up to the date of your face-to-face course and for one month after. If you choose to reschedule or hold your booking, we will adjust your e-learning access dates to match your new course date. Your progress in the e-learning will be retained for whenever your rescheduled course takes place. 

Do I have to return my APLS manual?

No. If you would prefer to cancel your booking, we will refund you in full and you can retain your APLS manual. 

Will APLS reimburse the cost of my flights and accommodation?

No. Please speak to your airline and accommodation provider directly as most industries are showing flexibility.

Will my course be rescheduled in the same venue?

We have to monitor the situation before looking again at our course calendar, but our best hopes are to add as many courses for late 2020 and into 2021 to make up the shortfall. We have already added 10 additional courses for late 2020 and our 2021 course calendar will be open soon. As much as possible we will try to organise these in the same venues and locations as our cancelled courses. Please watch this space and we will keep you informed.

 

I'm a candidate on a course after July 1st.

What happens if my course gets cancelled and when will I find out?

We will be in touch with you as soon as a decision is made on courses taking place from July 1st onwards. We don’t cancel courses lightly as we understand the difficulties of organising leave and travel around an event. Our Board and CEO will be continually reviewing the situation as it develops and you will be the first to know if we need to postpone your course. At the moment we fully intend for these courses to go ahead, but we will see how the situation evolves.

I need to reschedule my course. How do I do that? 

If you know now that you won’t be able to attend your course later in the year due to Covid-19, let us know. You can contact the APLS head office via 03 8672 2800 or info@apls.org.au. Please read the section above regarding how to reschedule your course; you can either choose a course date later in the year or we can hold your booking for any course up to December 2021. 

How do I request a refund? 

If you would prefer to cancel your booking, we will refund you in full and you can retain your APLS manual. We’ll be in touch with you to ask whether you would like to transfer, hold your booking, or request a refund. If you would like a refund now, please email courseenquiries@apls.org.au. Otherwise, please wait for us to contact you and let us know your preference then. 

What happens if I hold my booking?

You will have priority access to any course between now and December 2021, subject to availability. We will keep your course fees as credit for a place on a future course of your choosing, and we’re happy if you would like to wait until the situation stabilises and we can announce extra course dates. 

Will I be charged any fees? 

No. No change, cancellation or admin fees will be charged to any candidate. The usual APLS cancellation policy will be suspended until further notice. If you decide to cancel your booking, we will refund you in full. You may retain your APLS manual, no need to return that to us. We fully understand how fast-moving and demanding the situation is for our vital health care workers and we will try and be as flexible as possible to support you.

If I cancel, do I have to return my APLS manual?

No. If you would prefer to cancel your booking, we will refund you in full and you can retain your APLS manual. 

Can I still access my pre-course online learning? 

Yes, your e-learning access will still be available up to the date of your face-to-face course and for one month after. If you choose to reschedule or hold your booking, we will adjust your e-learning access dates to match your new course date. Your progress in the e-learning will be retained regardless.  

 

I'd like to make a new booking for a course. 

Can I still book for future courses?

Right at this moment, no; but soon we hope you will be able to. We have suspended bookings temporarily to give us time to take stock and to give candidates on cancelled courses priority to transfer to courses later in 2020. We are working on some processes and should be reopening general bookings for courses after July 1st in the near future. Thanks for bearing with us.

If my circumstances change due to the Covid-19 outbreak, will I be able to change or cancel my booking?

Yes, of course. No fees will be charged to any candidate who needs to reschedule or cancel their booking due to Covid-19 and the current APLS cancellation policy does not apply. 

 

When will APLS courses be back to normal?

In short, we don’t know. We are treating courses from July 1st as business as usual and are working with the expectation that these will go ahead. The situation is however very fluid and unpredictable and we will continue to take advice from our Board, State Health Authorities and the Government. We will recommence courses as soon as we can guarantee the highest quality of teaching and the highest quality of safety for our candidates and faculty. We hope this is July but we will continue to update our website and our members via email with the latest developments.  

 

I'm an APLS instructor and am due to teach on a course.

Do I need to contact the office?

No. We will be in touch if anything changes with a course you are assigned for. If you are due to teach on a course after July 1st and you need to withdraw, then please let us know via the usual channels. 

Please don't be concerned if you haven't been able to teach on two courses in 2020. We have added 30 extra courses to our usual calendar in 2021, so there will be lots of opportunity to instruct next year. 

When will I find out if my course is cancelled?

If your course was between now and June 30th then your course will not go ahead. For courses after that date we are assuming business as usual at this point, and will let you know if anything changes.

Can I still nominate to instruct on courses?

Yes. Please feel free to continue to nominate for instructor places after July 1st using Choose your Courses, with the understanding that the situation is very fluid. Keep an eye on the APLS website and any email communications from APLS, we will do our best to keep you up to date.

How will COVID 19 prevention measures impact on courses?

Guidelines for providing a COVID-safe teaching environment can be read here.

I’m a PLS candidate, has my course been cancelled?

If your course is between now and June 30th then yes, your course will not go ahead. Your local hospital / PLS course provider will be in touch. If you have any queries please contact them as a first point of communication.

 

I’m interested in the Paediatric Acute Care Conference in 2020. Will the event still go ahead?

No. Due to the continued uncertainty we have cancelled PAC 2020 which was due to take place in Melbourne in late October. We will be back bigger and better with PAC 2021 in New Zealand in late October next year. You can still watch sessions from PAC Conferences via the APLS Vimeo channel, free and on demand.