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The Procedures Course 2023

This two-day cadaveric workshop 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 and will be held in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.

📅 Multiple dates


The Procedures Course is designed to enable emergency and critical care physicians develop the mastery necessary to confidently perform a wide range of basic and complex resuscitative procedures when the time comes.

Procedural teaching will be conducted by a group of renowned experts in trauma management from the Alfred Emergency & Trauma Centre, Australasia’s largest trauma service. Teaching will be enhanced by the use of un-embalmed cadavers and low cadaver-to-participant ratio.

The procedures covered include:
– Surgical airway (cricothyroidotomy)
– Orbital decompression (lateral canthotomy and cantholysis)
– Pleural decompression (finger thoracostomy and pleural drainage)Vascular access (MAC line / RIC line / Intraosseous access)
– Temporary trans-venous cardiac pacing
– Pericardial decompression (including resuscitative thoracotomy)
– Retrieval limb amputation
– Escharotomy
– Resuscitative hysterotomy

– Retrievalists
– Emergency/Intensive Care/Anaesthetic Consultants
– Rural GPs/CMOs involved in retrievals/trauma resuscitation
– Senior Critical Care Registrars (Emergency/Intensive Care/Anaesthetic/Retrieval)

AUD $5700 (excluding GST)
Registration fees include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

2023 DATES
Tuesday 15 – Wednesday 16 August 2023 – Sydney SOLD OUT
Tuesday 12 – Wednesday 13 September 2023 – Perth SOLD OUT
Tuesday 24 – Wednesday 25 October 2023 – Melbourne SOLD OUT



Day 1  
0730 – 0745 Registration / Coffee
0745 – 0815 Course introduction
0815 – 0900 Lateral Canthotomy and Cantholysis
  Coffee available
0900 – 1000 Burr Hole Craniotomy
1000 – 1030 Morning Tea (provided)
1030 – 1130 Emergency Surgical Airway (Cricothyroidotomy)
  Coffee available
1130 – 1230 Resuscitative Vascular Access (MAC line / RIC line / Interosseous access)
1230 – 1330 Lunch (provided)
1330 – 1430 Temporary Transvenous Cardiac Pacing
1430 – 1500 Afternoon Tea (provided)
1500 – 1630 Thoracostomy and Chest Tube Insertion(Surgical skills: hand ties/vertical mattress suture)
1630 – 1700 Day 1 summary and questions


Day 2  
0730 – 0800 Registration / Coffee
0800 – 1000 Resuscitative Thoracotomy 1 (pericardial decompression & cardiac access)
  Resuscitative Thoracotomy 2 (haemorrhage control) (Surgical skills: tissue staples)
1000 – 1030 Morning Tea (provided)
1030 – 1115 Escharotomy
  Coffee available
1115 – 1200 Pre-Hospital Limb Amputation (Surgical skills: haemostatic sutures)
1200 – 1300 Lunch (provided)
1300 – 1430 Resuscitative Hysterotomy(Surgical skills: continuous locking sutures)
1430 – 1500 Participant Practical Revision (optional)
1500 – 1530 Day 2 summary, questions and feedback

The Procedures Course
AUD $5700 (excluding GST).
Registration fees include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.


Due to the COVID pandemic, course dates that require in-person attendance are subject to change based on government advice.

If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with a person that has been diagnosed with COVID-19 at the time of course delivery, we request you transfer or cancel your registration.

Cancelled registrations can be transferred to an alternative course or held in credit and used in the next 24 months.

Please note, when you register, you will be agreeing to the following:
  1. Disclaimer: The content of this course is directed at appropriately licensed and trained practitioners. It represents current information about the provision of emergency medical care. It is not intended to replace, and should not be construed as medical advice. Any concerns regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should not be directed to a medical practitioner.
  2. Course cancellation: In very rare cases, due to clinical demand or other unforeseen, unavoidable reasons, courses may need to be cancelled. In this instance registrants will be advised urgently and will receive a full refund for registration fees.

If, after booking an event you are unable to attend, you are welcome to nominate someone else to attend in your place. Please advise substitutions via email so a correct name tag will be available at the registration desk. CPD hours will be allocated to the substitute delegate.


  • Cancellation more than 30 days before the event: 70% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 30 days: no refund. A credit will be provided and can be used over 24-months from the date of cancellation.
  • Cancellation must be in writing.


A/Prof Mathew has been successfully involved in Trauma systems development across Asia in countries like India, Sri Lanka, China and Saudi Arabia. He was the Australian lead of the successfully completed Australia- India Trauma System Collaboration which involved systems development, registry development and technology development. He is done work as a consultant in trauma systems development.
A/Prof Chris Groombridge is an Emergency Physician and Trauma Specialist at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and was recently appointed head of clinical research at the National Trauma Research Institute after completing a PhD focusing on clinician performance during resuscitation. Chris has a particular interest in the prehospital management of trauma and has worked as a retrieval specialist with Sydney HEMS, CareFlight NSW, and Adult Retrieval Victoria, and internationally with London’s Air Ambulance and Essex & Hertfordshire Air Ambulance in the UK.
Dr Amit Mani is an Emergency Physician and Director of Emergency Medicine Training at the Alfred Hospital. Dr Maini obtained his MBBS at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London 2002, and his Fellowship to the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine in 2011. In 2014, Dr Maini became the program director for Emergency Medicine trainees at the Alfred Emergency & Trauma Centre.
Dr Mike Noonan has been working at The Alfred since 2014, having previously trained and worked in QLD, NSW and the United Kingdom. He completed a fellowship with the Alfred Trauma Service over this period. Mike has a strong interest in Medical Education, having competed a post-graduate qualification in Medical Education from the University of Dundee (UK) and being involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education through honorary roles with Bond and Griffith Universities (Gold Coast).

For more information about this program, please contact the Program Coordinator.

James Cameron
Alfred Health
Telephone: 03 9706 8427


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