Educational opportunities

Educational opportunities provided by the WACHS Medical Education Unit (MEU)

Educational opportunities

A rural placement provides unique multi-disciplinary experience and training in rural medicine.  You can expect quality education programs that provide you with the core skills you are expected to learn at each stage of your medical training.

In each country region, the  Medical Education Unit supports junior doctors and the regional medical education teams.  Customised education and training programs that reflect the local context and specialty areas are led by the regional Directors of Clinical Training and coordinated by dedicated Medical Education Officers. 

You can expect comprehensive education and training including; clinical supervision, regular education sessions, orientation and assessment support, simulation-based training, and a range of professional development programs.  These could include programs such as; Teaching on the Run, ARC Advanced Life Support (ALS2), communication, mentoring and leadership programs. 

Simulated learning environments

It is essential that junior doctors have access to ongoing education during their WACHS rotations.

To assist the various regions in delivering simulation based education programs the MEU offers simulation educator workshops throughout the year, providing educators with simulation specific professional development activities.

Emergency Medicine Education & Training (EMET)

Program Overview

The WACHS Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET) Program was established to improve the quality of and access to, emergency care in areas of need, particularly in rural Australia.  

Education, training and supervision is facilitated by Fellows of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEMs) and provided to Doctors and other Healthcare Workers working in rural and remote WA, who are not specifically trained in emergency medicine. The program encourages a multidisciplinary approach to education and training, and is open to all health professionals involved in emergency medicine care both in hospital and community settings.

The WACHS EMET program is comprised of six regional hubs and one central hub. Each hub is FACEM lead and assisted by a Program Support Officer (PSO), tasked with the administration of education, training and supervision provided by their region. The Central Hub is an exception to this, and delivers outreach courses across all seven regions of WACHS. 

The WACHS EMET Program has received Commonwealth Department of Health funding and Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) support for participation in the Specialist Training Placement and Support (STPS) activity under the ‘Specialist Training Program’.  

Further information on EMET and Emergency Medicine Certificate and Diploma opportunities can be found on the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine website. 

Central EMET Hub  Courses and Contact Details:

The Central EMET Hub delivers the below courses across regional and remote WA.

Applications are open to all health professionals involved in the delivery of emergency medicine care, both in hospital and community settings.

For further information regarding the Central EMET hub activities and opportunities please contact:

Lead: Dr Stephanie Schlueter FACEM

Project Support Officer: Kylie Bull

Phone: (08) 6553 0962

EmailWACHS.EMET@health.wa.gov.au 

Rural and Remote Emergency Medicine Program (RREM)

RREM is an interactive two day program that focuses on developing the emergency management skills and knowledge of rural and remote clinicians. Facilitated by experienced emergency and critical care clinicians the workshop addresses both adult and paediatric emergency presentations.

Merredin – 11th & 12th May 2019

Kununurra – 18th & 19th May 2019

Trauma Skills Refresher Course (TSRC)

A 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.

Carnarvon – 31st July 2019

Broome – 20th August 2019

Kalgoorlie – 30th November 2019

Safe Assessment and Management of the Aggressive Patient (SAMAP)

An interactive one day program, designed to assist health professionals in the assessment and management of the aggressive patient.

Carnarvon – 30th July 2019

Psychiatric Emergencies Assessment & Care (PEACe)

A one day program facilitated by a team of emergency medicine specialists and psychiatrists, this program equips the participants with the skills required to manage patients with chronic mental health conditions who present to the emergency department in crisis.

Katanning – 2nd July 2019

Cardiac Emergency Management Workshop (CEM)

A combination of didactic presentations, case study discussions and interactive simulation scenarios the course aims to develop the knowledge, technical skills and teamwork required to identify and effectively manage common acute cardiac emergencies and provide better patient care.

Geraldton – 7th September 2019

Critical Airway and Respiratory Management (CARM)

A one-day course covering topics related to life-threatening emergencies affecting airway and breathing. Participants are expected to introduce their own clinical experiences to make their learning more relevant. This course is designed to complement the Cardiac Emergencies Course.

Geraldton – 6th September 2019

Regional Hubs – Contact Details

For further information regarding regional EMET activities and opportunities please contact the relevant hub

Great Southern Hub

Lead: Dr Russell Young, FACEM

Project Support Officer: Belinda Hirst

Ph: 9892 2337

Ebelinda.wellstead@health.wa.gov.au

 

 

Kimberley Hub

Lead: Dr Stephanie Schlueter & Dr Jo McDonnell, FACEM

Project Support Officer: no allocation

Ph: 6553 0962

EWACHS.EMET@health.wa.gov.au

 

 

Midwest Hub

Lead: Dr Chris Kruk, FACEM

Project Support Officer: Joanne Blayney

Ph: 9956 8688

Ejoanne.blayney@health.wa.gov.au

 

Pilbara Hub

Lead: Dr Jenny Vance & Dr Bruce Campbell, FACEM

Project Support Officer: no allocation

 

 

 

 

South West Hub

Lead: Dr Jenny Martens, FACEM

Project Support Officer: Sharon Mosaj

Ph: 9722 2252

E: Sharon.mosaj@health.wa.gov.au

 

 

Wheatbelt Hub

Lead: Dr Anna Varone, FACEM

Project Support Officer: Sharon Mosaj

Ph: 9722 2252

E: Sharon.mosaj@health.wa.gov.au

 

 

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