$10 million funding boost for EMET across Australia

Rural and remote hospitals receive funding to deliver emergency medicine training.

The peak body for emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand today announced that more than $10.7 million has been awarded to regional and rural hospitals across Australia to deliver emergency medicine training.

Under the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s (ACEM) Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET) program, education, training and supervision are provided by College Fellows for non-specialist emergency medicine doctors and other health professionals working in emergency departments and urgent care services, with a focus on rural, regional and remote locations.

EMET is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Health.

ACEM contracts with a Hub hospital, typically a larger regional hospital, to deliver EMET activities, including training and supervision to hospitals and emergency services within their region or network. ACEM supports 50 EMET Hubs; the list of Hubs that have been awarded funding for 2018-2020 are listed below.

The funding will provide training to emergency department and emergency services teams at 430 regional, rural and remote hospitals and health services across Australia. It will also allow FACEMs to deliver emergency medicine training sessions, supervise trainees completing ACEM’s Emergency Medicine Certificate and Diploma, and enable on-the-floor teaching and supervision to build capacity in smaller emergency departments. For a list of hubs receiving funding in 2018-2020, click here.

ACEM President Professor Tony Lawler said, “This training and supervision is just one example of how the College is improving access and quality of emergency patient care across Australia.  We look forward to working with all the participants and stakeholders of the EMET Program in the delivery of the critical emergency care needs of regional, rural and remote communities across the country.”

Source: Australiasian College for Emergency Medicine