Advanced life support courses for Port Macquarie and Hastings

Healthy North Coast is seeking expressions of interest from general practices who are looking for advanced life support (ALS) training for staff in the Port Macquarie and Hastings region.

Leanne Bryant, a certified Australian Resuscitation Council instructor, is a local registered nurse specialising in emergency nursing. Leanne is developing advanced life support training opportunities for practices in the region. While the training is in its trial stages, Healthy North Coast is offering fully-funded training to the first 3 practices to put in their expressions of interest.

The training is targeted to GPs and practice nurses who would like to further their basic life support skills or are looking to renew their existing ALS qualifications.

The training has been approved by the RACGP as an accredited activity for 40 CPD points for GPs.

With the end of the 2020–22 triennium quickly approaching, this is a great opportunity for practices.

In order to reduce patient deterioration and poor outcomes for at-risk patients, GPs are appropriately situated at the front line of patient care to aid prevention and decrease response time in rapidly deteriorating patients prior to transition to critical care areas.

Taking place on Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm, Leanne will facilitate the training with a group of 6 participants in their own practice to ensure resuscitation members are familiar with their environment.

Participants will learn about advanced life support, including the causes and prevention of cardiac arrest and the ALS algorithm. They will also undertake practical skills components of ALS, including airway and breathing, assessment of DRSABC(D), compressions and defibrillation using an automated external defibrillator. There will also be a simulation of ALS scenarios in order for participants to contextualise the newly learned skills and deepen their application.

With a high demand for in situ ALS training, this opportunity will be extremely sought after, so we strongly encourage you to put in your expressions of interest as soon as possible.

Please email [email protected] to notify us of your interest and practices details.

Expressions of interest close on 17 December 2021.

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