Nov 21
Emergency skills workshop for medical staff/rural GPs/nursing staff
​More than 60 medical staff/rural GPs/nursing staff from across the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) from Health Services including Peak Hill, Parkes, Forbes, Grenfell, Canowindra, Cowra and Molong attended the Emergency Medicine Education and Training program day.

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 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) ran a three day workshop for medical staff/rural GPs/nursing staff for the Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET) program. 

The 2 hour Session emergency skills workshop aims to upskill medical staff/rural GPs/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 7 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 4-5 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”.

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

Parkes Health Service Registered Nurse said ‘very insightful and informative. Has pleasantly reminded us on why we do our jobs and the importance of thinking critically despite work culture and time restraints’. 

Dubbo Health Service has received funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health and support from the peak body for emergency medicine in Australia, the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, to run an EMET program.