The North Coast Medicare Local is evaluating a proposal to provide a major educational program in Emergency Life Support (ELS) for local GPs and their practice staff. The program is urgently seeking support from NRGPN members before deciding whether to proceed. 

Emergency medicine skills, honed during hospital training, are gradually lost without regular revision and practice. While such ongoing education is a major component of rural and remote medicine practice it is often overlooked in urban and semi-rural general practice.

The University Centre of Rural Health completed the construction of its Simulation Unit last year. The state of the art facility is opposite Lismore Base Hospital A&E Department where emergency medicine specialists, Dr Anne Drinkwater and Sharene Pascoe work. Under their supervision, the project is looking to provide practical, scenario based training in areas such as the management of the fitting child, cardiac arrest, arrhythmias, multiple trauma, choking and drowning.

The training will focus on improving the skills, knowledge and integration of the whole medical team. Testing these skills is crucial in high stress, high risk environments and this applies particularly in emergency medicine.

The program is dependent on sufficient interest and commitment from local practices. The NCML also wishes to recruit practitioners to develop a suitable curriculum for the those scenarios likely to be encountered on the North Coast.

NCML Chairman, Dr Tony Lembke, is co-ordinating this stage of the project and is keen to get members' feedback. The project would entail significant investment by the NCML and is on a tight time frame. Expressions of interest, thoughts or comments can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but are needed by Friday, 11 April 2014.