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Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crisis (EMAC)

EMAC focuses on the role of the anaesthetist as the team leader during an anaesthetic crisis. It also focuses on the interaction with the team around the anaesthetist in order to utilise skills and resources effectively.

Why train in Crisis Resource Management?

Patient safety and quality are at the heart of what we do. Studies have shown that a high proportion of adverse incidents in health care are the result of breakdowns in communication or poor teamwork. 

Crisis Resource Management (CRM) is: “a management system which makes optimum use of all available resources – people, procedures, equipment – to promote safety and enhance efficiency during a crisis situation.”

The ECU Health Simulation Centre specialises in training in CRM – training in a safe yet realistic environment, using immersive simulation scenarios and debriefing sessions.

Who should attend?

The Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises (EMAC) course is an Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) accredited course.

EMAC has been developed for anaesthetists (specialist, GP and non-specialist), and anaesthetic registrars. The course is recognised as an alternative to the Emergency Management of Severe Trauma (EMST) course for vocational trainees.


Essential prerequisites: Minimum of one year’s experience in anaesthesia

Recommended: completion of primary examination (if ANZCA trainee)

What will the course provide?

This two and a half-day course focuses on how a crisis is recognised and subsequently managed. It features five modules:

  • Human factors
  • Airway emergencies
  • Cardiovascular emergencies
  • Anaesthesia emergencies and
  • Trauma

Feedback from previous participants

“Fantastic…extremely useful.”
“Highly recommended.”
“Good course, glad I did it.”


ECU Health Simulation Centre
Level 3, Building 21 Edith Cowan University
270 Joondalup Drive Joondalup WA 6027


  • $2,750 (includes GST) – Full price
  • $1,375 (includes GST) – Discounted price (WA Health employees only)

NOTE: Employees of WA Health enjoy 50% discount of the course fee. Please enrol using your WA Health email and provide your employee number and the name of the facility where you are employed.


Dates for 2016: 

  • Tuesday 15th - Thursday 17th March
  • Wednesday 25th - Friday 27th May

ECU reserve the right to accept all EMAC registrations on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. 

EMAC is a very popular course, and registration will only be confirmed upon receipt of full payment of the course fees.

If all EMAC courses are fully subscribed, please contact us to express your interest in being added to our waiting list.

Course information Date/Duration Registration options
Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crisis (EMAC) - Session 1 - 2016 15 Mar 2016 for (2.5) days Full price WA Health employees
Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crisis (EMAC) - Session 2 - 2016 25 May 2016 for (2.5) days Full price WA Health employees


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