Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Who Can Attend?

This course is designed for all doctors who are involved in the early treatment of serious injuries in urban or rural areas, whether or not sophisticated emergency facilities are available:

  • Trainees of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (mandatory)
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery trainees (mandatory)
  • Post-graduate year (PGY) 2+ registered medical graduates (e.g. MBBS) working and training across the range of medical disciplines.

You must be eligible at the time of enrolment.

Course overview


EMST is a 2.5 day course that teaches a systematic, concise approach to the care of a trauma patient, providing a safe and reliable method for immediate management of injured patients in the first 1 to 2 hours following injury.  It has been tailored from the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) course of the American College of Surgeons.  EMST is considered equivalent to ATLS® internationally. 


After completing the EMST course, a participant will be able to:

  • demonstrate the concepts and principles of primary and secondary patient assessment
  • establish management priorities in the initial management of a trauma patient
  • initiate primary and secondary management of a simulated trauma patient in a timely manner
  • in a given trauma situation, demonstrate skills that are often required in the initial assessment and treatment of patients with multiple injuries


The EMST course covers the following:

  • Initial assessment and management
  • Airway and ventilatory management
  • Shock
  • Thoracic trauma
  • Head trauma
  • Abdominal and pelvic trauma
  • Practical surgical skills
  • Spine and spinal cord trauma
  • Musculoskeletal trauma
  • Thermal injuries
  • Trauma in pregnancy and  intimate partner violence
  • Paediatric trauma & geriatric trauma
  • Transfer to definitive care
  • Role of FAST

Types of courses

There are three different EMST courses available.

Provider course

The provider course caters for first-time applicants and runs over 2.5 days. The course program includes interactive discussions, practical skill stations and case scenarios. Assessment is continuous throughout each stage of the course and includes pre-course and post-course MCQ tests.

Refresher course

The refresher course has been developed primarily for those who have completed a provider course within the last five to six years, refreshing and building on the knowledge and skills already taught.  It runs over 1.5 days.

If it has been longer than six years since you completed your provider course, you may wish to consider completing another provider course instead of a refresher.

Course program

View the Provider course (PDF 36 KB) and Refresher course (PDF 170 KB) programs.

Please note: Refresher course program will be updated in line with 10th Edition changes in February 2018

Course materials

The EMST course materials include a pre-course multiple choice questionnaire, a comprehensive manual and a PC/tablet/smartphone application. Course participants receive access to these course materials prior to attending an EMST course.

Course assessment and certification

Participants must attend and engage in each session of the course. Participants will be assessed on both a written multiple choice questionnaire and practical exam (initial assessment). Each component must be completed successfully in order to achieve EMST certification, which is valid for four years.

Course schedule

EMST courses are held on various dates and locations across Australia and New Zealand.

Enrol today by clicking on one of the following EMST courses: (Please note, you may have to create a new account if you are not a member of RACS or have never enrolled in a RACS course previously.)



2018 Fees


  • Provider course – $2,930.00 (incl. GST)
  • Refresher course – $2,180.00 (incl. GST)

New Zealand

  • Provider course – $3,275.00 (incl. GST)
  • Refresher course – $2,440.00 (incl. GST)




EMST Program Administrator
Skills Training Department
Division of Education Development and Assessment
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons’ Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1145
Fax: +61 3 9249 1298
Email: emst@surgeons.org

New Zealand

Administration Officer
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
PO Box 7451
Wellington South Wellington 6242
New Zealand

Telephone: +64 4 385 8247
Fax: +64 4 385 8873

Email:  emst.nz@surgeons.org


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