ACT-NSW emergency medicine training program begins

Released 18/02/2013

Joint media release from ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, and Member for Eden-Monaro, Hon Dr Mike Kelly

ACT-NSW emergency medicine training program begins

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, and the Member for Eden Monaro, Hon Dr Mike Kelly, have welcomed the beginning of a three-year project that will see Canberra-based emergency physicians share expertise in emergency medicine with non-specialist physicians in southern New South Wales hospitals.

The Emergency Medicine and Education Training (EMET) is getting underway at Queanbeyan Hospital, using funding from the Federal Government's 'More Doctors and Nurses for Emergency Departments'  measure.

The EMET project, administered by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), provides supervision and educational support to non-specialist doctors and other staff working in emergency departments.

ACT Health, the Australian National University, and the Southern NSW Local Health District are collaborating to deliver the training, which will cover physicians and other staff at hospitals in Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Yass, Cooma, Moruya, Batemans Bay, Bega, and Young.

Fellows of the ACEM , who work at Canberra Hospital and Calvary, are leading the training.

"Physicians in regional hospitals can benefit from the expertise of specialist emergency physicians, who undertake this sort of work daily," the Chief Minister said.

"This program will mean emergency physicians share their years and years of experience with doctors and other medical staff in southern New South Wales.

"Overall, it means more highly-skilled clinical attention for emergency patients across southern New South Wales and the ACT.

"This joint initiative between ACT Health and the Southern New South Wales Local Health District, supported by the Federal Government, will bring quality services to a population living on both sides of the ACT-NSW border.

"Along with my ministerial colleagues, in New South Wales and the Federal Government, I'm interested in results for patients, regardless of exactly where they live."

The Member for Eden-Monaro, the Hon Dr Mike Kelly, MP, said the EMET program would be vital in boosting the multi-disciplinary capabilities of hospitals in Eden-Monaro and across rural Australia.

"This is about helping to support non-specialist doctors working in emergency departments across Australia, especially in our smaller local hospitals," Dr Kelly said.

"Practical support includes teaching clinical skills, observing practice, providing guidance and feedback, and assisting professional development.

"It is really pleasing to see that our injection of Federal funding has been met with such enthusiasm from the highly-trained emergency physicians who will extend their teaching to smaller rural hospitals, as well as within their own departments."

The Chief Minister visited Queanbeyan Hospital today, with NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health, Hon Melinda Pavey, MLC, and NSW Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, MP, for one of the first days of training.



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