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Advanced and complex medical emergencies - simulation training begins in WA

Monday, 25 July 2011


Twelve Emergency Department Consultant Physicians commenced the first Advanced and Complex Medical Emergencies Course at Edith Cowan University (ECU) today.

The participants, Fellows of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, represent a number of hospitals in metropolitan Perth (Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Fremantle Hospital, Joondalup Health Campus, Armadale and SJOG Murdoch).

This course is part of a program of education and training events being run by ECU’s multi-million dollar Health Simulation Centre under the contract with the Western Australian Department of Health for the supply of high fidelity simulation training.

This week will see a team of interstate expert instructors also delivering a facilitators program to develop the instructor workforce for Western Australia to run the course in the future.

The Advanced and Complex Medical Emergencies (ACME) Course uses learning through simulation to develop key clinical skills and team-based care to deal with cardiovascular instability, and airway and respiratory and complex emergencies.

ECU is an approved provider of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s ACME course, where participants gain exposure to intensive hands-on training and immersive simulations.

ECU Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Health Advancement, Professor Cobie Rudd, said the course is designed to stimulate and provoke the most experienced physician practicing emergency medicine who chooses to be challenged.

“This is the first of many courses the ECU Health Simulation Centre will be delivering and we have a waiting list for future programs,” Professor Rudd said.

“We are grateful to the team from St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne and educators from the Australian College of Emergency Medicine who are over for the week and helping build our local pool of experienced instructors.

“Having a sustainable instructor workforce in this State is a much needed, and critical step forward for postgraduate medical education.”

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, said this State Government contract supports ECU’s focus on providing innovative education and training opportunities that will improve the provision of high-quality health care.

“The benefits of simulated learning in health have greatly enhanced cost effective learning opportunities,” Professor Cox said.

"It’s about developing competent and confident health professionals centred on enhancing patient safety and more effective delivery of health care.”

High resolution images of the course participants and the simulation training are available on request.

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