CRASH Course

Provider: The Royal Melbourne Hospital

CRASH course – Critical care, Resuscitation and Airway Skills in High Fidelity Simulation

Returning to work can be a big challenge, with the period of leave often resulting in reduced confidence levels and feelings of inadequacy in performing tasks that were previously straightforward.

The CRASH course is based on the very successful “Gas Again” course, a return to work course for anaesthetists that has been running in the United Kingdom. They found that all candidates considered it a useful course within a structured return to work package

The course involves the following:

  1. ALS – arrest and peri-arrest scenarios
  2. Airway skills – videolaryngoscopy, fibreoptic skills and management of “can’t intubate can’t oxygenate” scenario
  3. High fidelity simulation scenarios of critical anaesthetic emergencies
  4. Problem based learning discussions of obstetric and paediatric emergencies

The course aims to not only help participants relearn practical skills and experience simulated anaesthetic critical events, but provide them with the confidence to return to work with individualised practical advice on the day of the course.

There is no assessment component to the course. Participants will sign a confidentiality agreement at the start of the day so as not to divulge details of the scenarios. The performances and competence of participants will not be discussed with future employers or supervisors of training.


There is a high faculty to participant ratio in order to provide individual attention.

All the faculty have an interest in medical education and prior experience of returning to work after a period of leave.

Name Organisation
Janette Wright (convenor) The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Kara Allen (convenor) The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Elizabeth Leslie The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Lara Tickell The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Patricia Newell The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Barbara Heath The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Allanah Scott The Royal Children’s Hospital
Sheila Barnett The Royal Children’s Hospital
Juliana Kok The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Sajidah Ilyas Maroondah Hospital
​Andrea Bowyer The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Cath Pedrotti The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Sally Lacey The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Megan Allen The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Date, location and cost:

This course is being held in Melbourne and Perth:

Melbourne – Saturday 3 February 2018, 8am – 6pm Perth, WA – Thursday 21 June 2018, 8am – 6pm
Melbourne Simulation
Ground Floor
Royal Melbourne Hospital
300 Grattan Street,
Parkville, Vic 3050

Cost: $800

Maximum number of participants: 15

Book for Melbourne

Venue to be advised

Cost: $800

Maximum number of participants: 15

Book for Perth


This course is designed to be part of a structured return to work package and therefore does not suit those that are unable to return to work within the next 3 – 6 months.

Participants will benefit the most if they have completed at least one year of anaesthetic training as the scenarios and PBLDs assume a basic understanding of anaesthesia.

Participants must hold full general registration with AHPRA.​

CPD Points:  

ANZCA Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Knowledge and Skills –  Short course, workshops, problem-based learning discussions, and small group discussions – 2 credits per hour
  • Emergency Response activities accredited for Major Haemorrhage and Cardiac Arrest

Contact: Diane Lyons – Departmental Secretary


Phone: 03 9342 7540


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