Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) is an initiative of the Committe of Presidents of Medical Colleges and the Australian Government.
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Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) is an
initiative of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Each Specialist College contributes to the operation and management of the scheme.

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 RHCE Stream One extended to December 2013

Additional funding round for projects

Originally scheduled to end in July 2013, the RHCE Stream One Program has now been extended to December 2013.

The Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) recently submitted a proposal to the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) to utilise surplus funds to extend and further enhance the RHCE Program.

To date, 25 projects have been funded through the program; a number of which are major collaborative efforts between the specialist medical colleges.

DoHA has approved the proposal and Colleges with current RHCE projects are now invited to apply for supplementary funding or an extension to further enhance their projects.

Closing date for Funding Round Five project applications is Friday 16 November 2012

PROMPT training program for obstetric emergencies piloted in Queensland and New South Wales

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), recently commenced a pilot of Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) in Queensland and New South Wales thanks to funding received through RHCE.

PROMPT training provides obstetric teams with a unique approach to dealing with obstetric emergencies whilst working together to achieve the best outcome for mother and baby.

Developed in the UK by a multi-professional team of obstetricians, anaesthetists and midwives, the program is delivered using the Train the Trainer method.

The program is designed to be run by in house facilitators and to be conducted in ‘real time’ on the maternity ward of the hospital.  It focuses on how teams handle common obstetric emergencies and requires multidisciplinary participation. 

The workshop does not test each individual’s knowledge but invites individuals to self-reflect on their individual performance, and their performance as part of a team.  Debriefing assists teams to become aware that through improved communication, teamwork and situational awareness they can better handle obstetric emergencies when they arise.

The project commenced in February 2012 with an expression of interest being sent to RANZCOG Fellows in rural and remote hospitals (RA 2 – 5) in Queensland and NSW.  Fellows were asked to nominate the participation of an obstetric team from their facility to attend and participate in a PROMPT Trainer the Trainer, or T3 day, scheduled for their state.

Information on the project was also sent to ANZCA Fellows and Midwifery Educators located at the same facilities to ensure multidisciplinary uptake of the project.

A multidisciplinary team of facilitators was bought together from across Australia and New Zealand, many of whom have been trained in PROMPT by one of the course founders, obstetrician Dr Tim Draycott from the UK.

PROMPT has been running in New Zealand for approximately 5 years and a pilot funded by Victorian Managed Insurance Authorty (VMIA) occurred in Victoria from 2010 completing in early 2012.

Contact with participating teams has been maintained and support offered as they now move into organising and implementing their first PROMPT workshop.  Like new parents RANZCOG are proud to announce that three of the participating hospitals from Queensland have already set dates for their first workshop, with a fourth currently making plans.

The implementation of this program so soon after training is testament to the need for training such as this in maternity hospitals and also the achievability and effectiveness of the program.

(Image: Teams in Townsville working through a shoulder dystocia scenario.  One team enacts the scenario and the observing team provides feedback)

RACMA to hold one more round of Peer Review Learning Sets in December 2012

Interest in The National Management and Leadership Peer Review Group for Clinician Managers project developed by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators has been overwhelming.

The project has expanded from the original establishment of a single learning set to three sets running concurrently, with now the need for a fourth.

Identifying the lack of support for professionally and geographically isolated individuals, the project has established a network of medical managers and leaders throughout Australia who come together bimonthly to present and discuss workplace cases with peers in a confidential setting. 

This network is open to specialist medical managers (Fellows of the RACMA), other RACMA members and specialists from other colleges with an interest in management or leadership.

Further details can be found on the RHCE website  or RACMA website

Anyone is interested in joining the Peer Review Learning Set groups should contact Christine Cottrell on 03 9824 4699 or

The Occasional Intensivist returns to Byron Bay in 2013

Following on from the success of CICM’s first Rural and Regional Update Course in March 2012, planning for the second “Bush Track to Boulevard” is well underway.

Funded by the RHCE Stream One Program as part of “The Occasional Intensivist” project, the workshop program has been developed with a clinical focus and is led by clinicians with a good understanding of the need of rural practitioners.

The program will take place over  two days at the end of February 2013 at The Byron Bay Resort, with presentations covering a diverse range of topics; including paediatric updates for non-paediatric intensivists, trauma and sedation management, updates in neuro-ICU and obstetric-ICU, nutrition and small group hands-on transthoracic echo workshops and paediatric simulation sessions.

The Course is intended as a clinical update on intensive care medicine suitable for CICM Fellows and non-CICM specialists, currently practising intensive care medicine in regional, rural and metropolitan hospitals. It is again expected to be fully subscribed.

Further details are available on the RHCE website or the CICM website
Anyone interested attending should contact Stephanie Gershon

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