Advanced emergency skills training in Hobart

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All medical professionals attending the National Rural Health Conference in Hobart in March will have access to two of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine’s (ACRRM’s) most popular emergency medicine courses at ACRRM member rates.

Having the right doctors in the right places with the right skills ensures people living in rural and remote communities have access to excellent health care.

To provide medical care, rural generalists have skills and knowledge typically associated with urban general practice clinics but extend their skills base to include advanced skills and a broader scope of practice. The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is committed to providing doctors with extended competencies, capacity for clinical courage and self-reliance required to serve their communities.

The one-day Rural Emergency Obstetrics Training (REOT) course on 22 March equips non-obstetric practitioners with vital emergency obstetric skills. It covers normal birthing procedures as well as common birthing emergencies.
Learning is provided through simulated situations presented by midwives and doctors and there are pre and post-workshops activities to undertake which ensure participants get the most from the professional development experience.

"Managing an unexpected birth can be frightening as we all have memories of the long list of obstetric emergencies. This course is designed to build on the skills and expertise you already have for managing non-maternity situations. The course provides a hands-on structured approach to managing labour and delivery. You will leave with increased confidence." REOT instructor Lucie Walters

The Rural Emergency Skills Training course ( REST) course on 28 and 29 March covers many of the common emergencies in rural practice that are relevant to the pre-hospital, small rural hospital and private rural practice environment.

Created by rural doctors for rural doctors, REST covers basic life support along with more advanced skills and techniques to assist with managing life-threatening injuries and multi-trauma events.

"I have been an ED doc most my working life. I have taught it and lived it in the rural and remote areas of the world from Antarctica to Svalbard to outback Australia and rural New Zealand and I still feel the anxiety of looking after critically unwell people who trust me to care for them. I loved the REST program. The aim of the course is not to teach you what you already know but to give you a structure to approach any critical situation with the confidence to apply your knowledge and give your best to those who need it most. I apply what I learned on this course on a daily basis. It is honest, taught by people actually doing it and applicable to any of the situations we all hope to avoid but honestly spend our lives training for." REST participant Dr Mark Milner
With the end of ACRRM’s Professional Development Program triennium this year, this is a chance to meet your professional development requirements while gaining valuable skills.

To register for these events, go to the courses page at, or contact the team on 1800 223 226. The courses will be held immediately before and immediately after the 15th National Rural Health Conference, Hobart, 24-27 March 2019.


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