About The Course

The Procedures Course is a 2 day course that will teach you how to confidently perform a wide range of basic and complex resuscitative procedures. It is a collaboration between The Alfred Trauma Unit, Alfred Emergency & Trauma Centre, National Trauma Research Institute and Monash University. It comprises phase 1 of the Alfred Shock, Trauma & Resuscitation Program (A-S.T.A.R) which focuses primarily on procedural skills.

The course will be taught on fresh, un-embalmed, donor cadavers, and held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, & Adelaide.

Sessions will have a heavy emphasis on acquiring hands-on skills for the management of the multiply injured complex trauma patient.

Procedures will include:

  • Surgical Airway
  • Orbital decompression
  • Pleural Decompression
  • Resuscitative Vascular Access
  • Temporary trans-venous pacing
  • Pericardial decompression (including resuscitative thoracotomy)
  • Retrieval limb amputation
  • Escharotomy
  • Resuscitative Hysterotomy
  • Haemorrhage control
  • Advanced suturing / wound closure

Course Dates:

  • Monday 27 – Tuesday 28 February 2023 – Melbourne
  • Thursday 23 – Friday 24 March 2023 – Sydney
  • Tuesday 20 – Wednesday 21 June 2023 – Brisbane
  • Tuesday 15 – Wednesday 16 August 2023 – Sydney
  • Tuesday 24 – Wednesday 25 October 2023 – Melbourne

Course Director

Professor Mark Fitzgerald

Director of the National Trauma Research Institute and Director of Trauma Services, The Alfred.

Professor Fitzgerald has led the establishment of trauma reception, resuscitation and management programs along with Trauma Systems development in China, India, Myanmar, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. He is co-chair of the Australian New Zealand Trauma Registry.

Professor Fitzgerald’s research themes include trauma systems improvement, error reduction and standardisation of resuscitation care. The development of semi-automated, computer–assisted resuscitation is a career goal. He has delivered 180 major presentations, 230 publications in peer-review journals, 12 book chapters and is a reviewer for multiple medical and surgical journals.

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