Cen­tral Aus­tralia Retrieval Train­ing pro­vides a immer­sive intro­duc­tion to the issues faced when retriev­ing patients from loca­tions where rapid access to ter­tiary lev­el ser­vices is not pos­si­ble and you often only have the equip­ment that you can carry. 

It is a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary course involv­ing nurs­es, para­medics and med­ical staff work­ing both with­in urban and remote set­tings, each bring­ing their unique skill set and per­spec­tive. It encour­ages a cul­ture of mutu­al respect, acknowl­edg­ing the dif­fi­cul­ties of work­ing in remote envi­ron­ments with lim­it­ed resources, and the neces­si­ty of work­ing well as a team to the ben­e­fit of the patient and community. 

Dates for the the next courses: 

Feb­ru­ary 6 – 8th 2019

August 7 – 9th 2019

Top­ics cov­ered include:

  • Avi­a­tion phys­i­ol­o­gy and the pilots perspective
  • Sep­sis — the cur­rent evi­dence base
  • Obstet­ric emergencies
  • Pae­di­atrics in Cen­tral Australia
  • Retrieval of the behav­ioral­ly dis­turbed patient
  • Approach to the mass casualty

Team­work and com­mu­ni­ca­tion are empha­sised dur­ing a series of increas­ing­ly com­plex sim­u­la­tion sce­nar­ios drawn from real life experience.

Pri­ma­ry Scene Extrication

Dur­ing ori­en­ta­tion retrieval doc­tors also get the oppor­tu­ni­ty to train along side para­medics and fire crew to learn a safe approach to the chal­lenges of pri­ma­ry scene extri­ca­tions. Expe­ri­enc­ing extri­ca­tion from the point of view of the patient is not to be missed!

Ride alongs with St John Ambu­lance are ros­tered to give an addi­tion­al per­spec­tive on the chal­lenges of work­ing in an urban environment. 

Week­ly debrief

Con­sul­tant led edu­ca­tion ses­sions are held for the retrieval doc­tors and nurs­es every Mon­day. They open with a mini M+M ses­sion which pro­vides the oppor­tu­ni­ty for all retrieval staff to con­tribute to the dis­sec­tion of cas­es in a non-judg­men­tal set­ting. This is usu­al­ly fol­lowed by a more for­mal dis­cus­sion on a clin­i­cal or edu­ca­tion­al top­ic rel­e­vant to retrieval.