Emergency skills workshop for medical staff and GPs

Doctors and medical staff from Cowra at the Emergency Medicine Education and Training program day.
Doctors and medical staff from Cowra at the Emergency Medicine Education and Training program day.

More than 60 medical staff from across the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) from Health Services including Cowra attended the Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET) program day.

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) ran a three day workshop for medical staff, rural GPs and nursing staff.

WNSWLHD Clinical Nurse Consultant, Judy Townsend, said, "The training days focused on Morbidity and Mortality. Some of the cases we discussed at the individual EDs ranged from the NSW Health Guideline - Pathway for Acute Coronary Syndrome Assessment (PACSA)".

The two hour session emergency skills workshop aims to upskill medical staff, rural GPs and nursing staff and provides a practical day of training by Dubbo Health Service Critical Care Department staff.

Dubbo Health Service Director of Critical Care, and Chief Medical Officer for RFDS, Assoc Prof Randall Greenberg said "The three day road trips objectives are to provide education and training to improve emergency care in rural and regional areas".

"Participants on the day are from Emergency Departments, medical centres and Ambulance Officers, in the WNSWLHD. Over seven and a half hours of driving, over 470km travelled to provide the education and training to these health services, is all worth the drive and long hours.

"Most of these facilities are 2 bed Emergency Departments, with a 15-20 bed aged facility and four to five acute beds. RN's and EN's with a local GP available attend to the emergency situations of these facility while working on transfers out.

"Our Clinical Nurse Consultant, Judy Townsend, gave education and training on non-invasive ventilation. This is used on those with acute exacerbation of respiratory conditions. When in place it supports breathing and buys time for retrieval teams to come to the patient."

Cowra Health Service had a great turnout of VMO's and GP's who were extremely thankful for the training with the Carina.

Wendy Baigent from Parkes Hospital said 'the education and training session was well received by the staff and if possible, Parkes Hospital would love to have you back to provide more education and training".

Assoc Prof Randall Greenberg said 'Receiving feedback like Wendy's, shows that the peripheral hospitals appreciate and value the education and training provided, and we hope that the funding will continue to run this great program".

Feedback has been greatly received from the health services that received the training.