Primary Care Academy

Primary Care Academy (PCA) is a one-stop, regional training centre catering to the training needs and skills upgrading of primary care doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and ancillary staff in primary care. We also provide informative and interactive health talks and workshops for organizations and the public as well as courses for the community. PCA also aim to be a platform for sharing of expertise and capacity building among community healthcare practitioners & leaders in ASEAN and the surrounding region.

Upcoming Public Courses:

Care for the Elderly (Training Grant Available)

PCA offers a training programme conducted by experienced registered nurses to equip you and your caregiver with the basic skills in caring for the elderly.

If you are a caregiver or employer of a caregiver, this training programme will enhance your ability and improve your caregiver's skills in providing excellent care to your loved ones.

Unit 1 – Hygiene and grooming
  1. Cleaning of mouth and dentures
  2. Bed bathing
  3. Assisted Bath
  4. Dressing and grooming
  5. Changing of bedlinen
  6. Prevention of pressure sores
  7. Foot care

Unit 2 – Waste handling
  1. Use of diapers
  2. Use of urinals and bedpans
  3. Care of urine bag

Unit 3 - Safety
  1. Safe lifting, positioning and turning
  2. Use of mobility aids
  3. Falls precautions and prevention of accidents
  4. Safe administration of medication

Unit 4 - Feeding
  1. Preparation of feeds
  2. Types of feeds
  3. Feeding tips
  4. Tube feeding

Unit 5 - Caregiver Self Care & Communication
  1. Caregiver Self-Care & Tips?
  2. How can I cope?
  3. Where can I get help?
  4. Basic Communication skills

6 Hours, 10am to 5pm

Who Should Attend
All domestic helpers & care-givers of elderly.

Course Dates
8 June 2016
13 October 2016

General Practitioner’s Assistant Courses

The General Practitioner's (GP) Assistant Course is designed specifically to prepare anyone who is interested in working in a GP clinic and need to acquire the required skills. The course is also intended to raise the level of service provided by the GP clinics to the public.

The course is designed to consist of three levels, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. A participant without prior experience is advised to start from the Foundational modules. However, a participant who has adequate exposure and experience working in a GP clinic could enroll from Intermediate and progress to the Advanced level as required.

1. GP Assistant Foundational Course
Date: 25 & 27 May 2016
Time: 1.30pm to 5.00pm
Cost: $180 (excluding GST)

The course covers:
- An overview of healthcare organisation in Singapore
- Role of a clinic assistant
- Fundamental concepts of patient care delivery
- Basic communication skills and delivery
- Basic measurement skills (height, weight and BMI calculation)
- Fundamentals of infection control in a clinic setting
- Basics on how medication works and avoiding medication errors

2. GP Assistant Intermediate Course
Date: 27 & 28 October 2016
Time: 1.30pm to 5.00pm
Cost: $320 (excluding GST)

The course covers:
- Use of edical Terminologies at work
- Communication between healthcare professionals and patients
- Principles of proper disinfection, decontamination, sterilization including autoclaving in a clinic environment
- Drug storage, management, safety and error prevention
- Blood glucose monitoring, application of eye ointment, ear drops and nasal spray

3. GP Assistant Advanced Course
Date: 12 & 13 January 2017
Time: 1.30pm to 5.00pm
Cost: $380 (excluding GST)

The course covers:
- Basic understanding on the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and asthma
- Administration of medication via nebulizer and inhaler
- Use of meter dosed inhaler (MDI), spacer, dry powder inhaler, (Turbuhaler and Accuhaler)
- 12 Lead ECG
- Overview of the use, common side effects, precautions and active ingredients of medication used to treat common medical conditions e.g URTI, Pain, Infection, Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus

CPR+AED Course

The CPR + AED course is designed to teach lay people the lifesaving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in adults.

This course teaches participants to recognize and treat emergencies such as cardiac arrest and conscious adult airway obstruction. This course is suitable for non-healthcare professionals and the general public.

Course Contents
  • Chain of Survival
  • Adult airway obstruction (conscious)
  • Step-by-step adult 1 man CPR technique
  • Features of AED
  • Pad placement
  • AED operation steps & troubleshooting
  • Safety issues

1.30pm to 5.30pm

29 June 2016, 14 December 2016

Course Fee: $120 (excluding GST)

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Certification / Recertification

Coronary or heart disease is a common cause of death in Singapore. Public education and training are crucial in reducing "sudden death" because the majority of these deaths occur out of hospital. One of the most startling ideas of modern medicine is that "sudden death" can be reversed. The actions taken during the first few minutes of an emergency are critical to the victim's survival.

Course Objectives

The BCLS training course equips participants with the skills for resuscitating the collapsed adult and infant victims. Successful candidates will be awarded with a BCLS certificate accredited by National Resuscitation Council with 2-year validity.

Course Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chain of Survival
  • The Heart
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Adult One-Rescuer CPR
  • Adult Airway Obstruction (conscious & unconscious)
  • Recovery Position
  • Pediatric Basic Cardiac Life Support
    • Infant CPR
    • Infant Airway Obstruction
  • Safety in CPR Training

Duration (BCLS Full Certification): 8 hours, 8.30am to 5.30pm
Duration (BCLS Recertification): 4 hours, 8.30am to 12.30pm

Who should attend: Healthcare Professionals

BCLS Full Certification: 28 April 2016, 25 August 2016
BCLS Re-Certification: 19 May 2016, 22 June 2016, 20 July 2016, 26 August 2016, 15 September 2016

Course Fee:
BCLS Full Certification: $120 (excluding GST)
BCLS Re-certification: $110 (excluding GST)

AED Provider Course Certification

The AED Provider course certification is designed to teach lifesaving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in adults. The course is designed for those who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements.

Course Contents
  • Chain of Survival
  • Step-by-step adult 1 man CPR technique
  • Features of AED
  • Pad placement
  • AED operation steps & troubleshooting

Duration: 1.30pm to 5.30pm

Who should attend: Healthcare Professionals (*Participants must have a valid BCLS certificate)

Contact Information

Primary Care Academy
3 Fusionopolis Link, Nexus@one-north, #05-10, Singapore 138543

Tel: 6496-6683 / 6496-6682
Fax: 6496-6669