Our mission is to provide the highest quality of effective and efficient simulation and skills based teaching using the most current and evidence based world’s best practice in emergency medicine and critical care for the rural setting. We believe the physical location of the patient should not be an impediment to care.
The BESST project is supported by Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET) funding from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).
Our courses encompass 3 fundamental principles
1. The repetitive practice with guidance till skill acquisition of rarely used, lifesaving, time critical, emergency procedures.
2. The use of high fidelity emergency resuscitation simulation scenarios requiring the skills learned in point 1 combined with CRM principles to improve communication, teamwork, efficiency, forward planning and provide a prioritised structure to patient management and resuscitation.
3. Familiarisation and suggested use of the area health service protocols and guidelines, as well as early contact with ambulance and the FACEM at The Tweed Hospital to expedite transfer and assist with management and logistics.
These principles are achieved through the application of cutting edge teaching techniques in a supportive, safe, enthusiastic and relaxed atmosphere to ensure that learning is relevant, fun and based upon clear objectives in order to deliver results.
The success of our programs is achieved through the unique integration of the following critical learning factors to ensure effective skill acquisition and successful application in the Emergency Department environment:
Knowledgeable and highly trained Faculty
All of our faculty boast an unbeatable combination of practical experience and theoretical expertise. They are skilled practitioners, who have themselves confronted and resolved many of the scenarios included in our programs. They have participated in simulation workshops and are skilled in running scenarios and debriefing.
All courses address a specific need that has been identified and will give you valuable knowledge and practical skills which can be immediately applied in the Emergency Department environment.
Stimulating program delivery
Our educators use a variety of teaching modes including simulation based training, and skills acquisition. Each course provides you with the opportunity to be directly involved in team simulations, using high fidelity manikins, designed to mimic the rural setting.
Program design embraces a multidisciplinary approach with simulation scenarios designed to replicate the rural Emergency Department setting including GPs, CMOs, and Emergency Department Nurses - a collaboration required for effective teamwork.
Limited numbers with a maximum 3 to 1 student teacher ratio
All course numbers are limited to ensure that you have ample opportunity for interactivity and individual attention from our faculty during the course , to ensure you can be the team leader at least twice during the day, and thus have the ability to run at least 2 full resussitations.
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Pre reading/Post reading/MCQs
All course participants are sent interactive pre reading that is in different formats to suit different peoples learning styles. There is literature, videos, podcasts, and interactive MCQ questions that can be read at work, home or listened to when doing other activities to efficiently maximize your learning.
Our programs are accredited with ACEM, ACRRM and RACGP and have been approved for the accrual of PDP.
Rural Procedural Grant
Our programs qualify participants to apply for The Rural Procedural Grants Program which provides financial assistance for procedural GP's/CMO's in rural and remote areas to access relevant activities in order to assist in maintaining or updating skills.
A grant of $2,000 per day for a maximum of 3 days per financial year is available.
Please find criteria and application form at the following link
On successful completion of a workshop all participants receive a Certificate of Attendance and recognition that can contribute to continuing professional development requirements.