The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) course will consolidate the emergency skills you require when working in unfamiliar or uncomfortable environments.

Over the duration of the day, you’ll learn real-world practical skills and participate in a range of emergency scenarios that you may encounter as a Rural Generalist, providing you with the skills required in preparing for patient care situations outside the clinic or hospital.

Created by experienced Rural Generalists and pre-hospital care specialists, PHEC is run outdoors to provide a realistic experience.

Appropriate for: Rural Generalists, Registrars and other medical professionals

Previously named: Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine (PHaRM)


The PHEC course is designed to enable Rural Generalists to learn skills in pre-hospital care and allow them to translate their existing clinical knowledge to the roadside and work effectively with ambulance and retrieval services to deliver meaningful interventions to critically unwell patients.

We've had bushfires, we've had floods, we're going to face disasters in the future, having Rural Generalists with skills in emergency medicine can make a huge difference."

- Dr Tim Leeuwenburg (FACRRM, PHEC facilitator, SandpiperAus Chair, Medical Retrieval Consultant & A/Prof AeroMed)


Registration Information

Dates Location State Register Fees
Sat, 03 Sep 2022 Melbourne
VIC Register Member: 1280.00
Non Member: 1420.00
Wed, 12 Oct 2022 Canberra
ACT Waitlist Member: 1280.00
Non Member: 1420.00
Mon, 14 Nov 2022 Perth
WA Register Member: 1280.00
Non Member: 1420.00

This course provides you with...

  • Principles of first response, ambulance, rotary and fixed wing retrieval
  • Initial response in the pre-hospital/pre-retrieval environment
  • Airway management in difficult environments
  • Principles of extrication and patient packaging for transport
  • Traumatic arrest
  • IV and IO access in difficult environments; appropriate for transport
  • Procedural sedation and analgesia


ACRRM Professional Development Program

7 hours Performance Review, 1 hour Educational Activity, MOPS: 1 Anaesthetics (Emergency Response)

ACRRM vocational training pathways

Tier 2 emergency medicine course


Please note, there is no pre- or post-course activity required for this course.

Fees must be paid at the time of registration in order to secure a place. A grant may be available to fund your attendance at this course. Read more and find out if you are eligible for a grant.

Please note: It is mandatory that participants be present for the entire duration of the PHEC course (8am to 5pm local time). Therefore it is highly recommended for interstate travelers to arrive at the course location at least one day prior to the commencement of the course.

If for any unexpected reason a participant arrives after the course has commenced, their place in the course will be forfeited. The participant will be required to re-book and this may also incur additional charges.

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