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“What a fantastic conference! Thanks for such an amazing educational and learning experience.” - 2015 delegate
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Rural doctors experience unique conference
Located in the far north-west of the Kimberley region, the El Questro Wilderness Park’s vast landscape is home to rugged rocky terrain, secluded watering holes and thick bushland making it one of the most unique and awe-inspiring places in the country. Picture yourself hiking through the gorge, winding your way beneath towering cliff faces, taking in the scenery…when a member of your group unexpectedly starts experiencing severe chest pain. What would you do next?
This was one of several scenarios delegates were faced with at the recent Rural and Remote Retrieval Conference, which upskills doctors in the management of medical emergencies in a wilderness setting. As delegates hiked through the picturesque gorges, they were challenged with simulated clinical emergencies along the way. Teams were provided with medical kits to use as props during the scenarios – to realistically simulate managing the patient in a real emergency. Each delegate was given the opportunity to play the ‘victim’ and to be a team leader throughout the conference.
The conference is aimed at doctors at all stages of their careers. Albany-based intern Dr Jessica Smith said that as a new doctor, she tries to gain experience and enhance her medical skills through all possible avenues.
“It was a good opportunity for me as a junior doctor to take responsibility as a team leader and develop not only my emergency medicine skills but communication skills as well,” said Jessica.
“We dealt with an asthma attack, spinal injury, fractured mandible, dislocated shoulder, and even a snake bite! I really appreciated the chance to work alongside and develop relationships with some very experienced practitioners.”
Rural Health West is the only organisation in Western Australia that offers this unique type of conference and is one of the leading education providers for wilderness emergency medicine conferences in the country. Doctors from the eastern states and metropolitan-based locum doctors are also attracted to this popular conference.
Dr Cathy Milligan, a GP proceduralist based in Margaret River, said that all the scenarios were very realistic and could be applied to real life.
“We had a basic medical kit, so you really had to rely on your knowledge; it was quite challenging. We encountered a ‘major trauma’, where there were mass casualties and although it was emotionally confronting, we learnt a lot from it,” said Cathy.
Cathy highly recommends the conference to other rural general practitioners.
“Regardless of your experience, there are always new things to learn. There is more than one way of managing a clinical emergency and you can learn a lot from your team members. Not to mention the location was spectacular.”
The Rural and Remote Retrieval Conference 2016 delegates.