Rural Health West provides clinical workshops and emergency training for medical and health professionals in Western Australia. View our Events Calendar to find out what professional development opportunities are coming to your region.

Below are a list of emergency training courses provided by external agencies.

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO)

All maternity practitioners know there are many safe and acceptable ways of dealing with different emergency situations. The procedures and approaches covered in the ALSO course are reasonable, consistent and evidence-based and enable everyone to not only identify those at risk of obstetric emergencies but also to manage emergencies when they arise.

2019 location and dates:

Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough: 2 - 3 November

Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS)

The APLS covers the following areas:

  • Life support - basic and advanced 
  • Serious Illness  
  • Serious injury 
  • Practical procedures, including radiology and pain management 

2019 location and dates:

Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough:17 - 19 January
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Central5 - 7 April
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough 29 - 31 May
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Central4 - 6 July
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough 2 - 4 September
Mangrove Hotel Broome17 - 19 September
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Central29 - 31 October 
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough 6 - 8 December

ARC Advanced Life Support 1

An Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) accredited one day course, providing practical skills and knowledge to manage patients in the immediate period of crisis.  The program includes recognition, assessment and immediate management of the deteriorating patient.

2019 location and dates:

Geraldton5 June
Karratha25 June

ARC Advanced Life Support 2

An Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) accredited course, this two day program aims to teach the theory and practical skills to effectively manage cardio/respiratory arrest, peri-arrest situations and special circumstances, and to prepare senior members of a multidisciplinary team to treat the patient until transfer to a critical care area if possible.  The course focuses on achieving advanced resuscitation competencies and is also designed to develop leadership and team skills in managing such emergencies.

2019 location and dates:

Albany1 - 2 August
Port Hedland21 - 22 August
Kununurra15 - 16 October
Geraldton30 - 31 October
Kalgoorlie28 - 29 November

Clinical Emergency Management Program (CEMP) - Advanced workshop

The Clinical Emergency Management Program Advanced workshops have been designed to further build participants' knowledge, skills and confidence when responding to medical emergencies. These workshops are facilitated by a national team of highly trained intensive care paramedics.

2019 location and dates:

Perth17 - 18 August

Emergency Life Support (ELS)

A two day course teaching a systematic approach to the emergency management of any seriously ill patient. The course consists of an intensive program of lectures, skill stations and interactive group discussions.

2019 location and dates:

TBC

Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST) - Provider course

A two and half day intensive course in the management of injury victims in the first one to two hours following injury. Adapted from the Advanced Trauma Life Support  course of the American College of Surgeons in 1988. Emphasis on life saving skills and systematic clinical approach.

2019 location and dates:

TBC

Paediatric Life Support

A one day primer course focused on the first ten minutes of emergency paediatric care.  The Paediatric Life Support Course covers the basics of emergency paediatric management, using the structured approach as taught on the threee days APLS Course.  Consistent with the latest clinical practice in Australia and New Zealand, information is presented in lectures, workshops, practical sessions and hands on emergency scenarios over a single day.

2019 location and dates:

Geraldton6 June
Karratha26 June

Rural Emergency Obstetrics Training (REOT)

This one-day emergency medicine course has been designed to increase obstetric skill levels of participants with minimal prior practical knowledge. It is taught by a team of experienced rural GP obstetricians and midwives, who demonstrate the practical skills of a normal delivery and obstetric emergency scenarios that could occur in rural or remote practice. This is achieved using inter-professional clinical simulations during a practical hands-on workshop.

2019 location and dates:

TBC

Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST)
This comprehensive two-day emergency medicine course covers many of the common emergencies in rural practice and is relevant to the pre-hospital, small rural hospital and private rural practice environment. The course is designed to involve multi-disciplinary groups of medical, nursing and ambulance personnel.

2019 location and dates:

Pan Pacific Perth9 - 10 February
Mercure Hotel Perth5 - 6 October 

Trauma Skills Refresher Course

The one-day Trauma Refresher Skills course is designed for rural and remote doctors, nurses and paramedics working in sites that have no dedicated trauma service and are required to provide care to the critically ill trauma patient.  Consolidating the crucial principles of trauma management through skills interactive case discussions, participants will have the opportunity to practice and hone their skills in essential trauma procedures including vascular access, chest drain insertion skills stations, bringing it all together in immersive simulation scenarios.

2019 location and dates:

Carnarvon31 July
Broome20 August
Kalgoorlie30 November

Western Trauma Course (WTC)
The Western Trauma Course (WTC) provides rural and remote health care practitioners with the education, re-training and re-skilling to successfully assess, triage and manage acute trauma patients. The program is a 1 day multidisciplinary course which covers the essential components of early trauma management including; MOI and initial assessment, head injury, pain management, paediatric trauma, chest injury, abdominal injury, rural trauma scenario, inter-hospital transfer, and incorporates hands on skill stations covering; the management of adult and paediatric airways, chest trauma, paediatric trauma, shock and burns.  Held in rural areas of WA, it is specifically aimed at meeting the needs of rural and remote health care professionals considering issues such as sparse population, limited medical facilities and staffing, and longer transport times.

2019 location and dates:

Bridgetown18 May
Port Hedland10 August
Merredin14 September
Albany23 November