The ALS2 course is conducted by Melbourne Clinical Simulation Centre at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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It is jointly accredited by the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC).


This two day internationally accredited course has been developed to standardise the teaching of cardiac arrest and resuscitation management.

The ALS course consists of lectures, practical workshops and cardiac arrest scenarios, providing the opportunity to practice skills and apply knowledge.

The course will emphasise the importance of teamwork prior to safe transfer into a critical care environment.

Course content

  • Causes and prevention of Cardiac Arrest
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • ALS Universal Algorithm
  • Rhythm Recognition
  • Airway Management
  • Defibrillation
  • Blood Gases
  • Emergency Drugs
  • Cardiac Arrest Simulations
  • Post-resuscitation Care


Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the causes of cardiorespiratory arrest in adults
  • Identify patients at risk of cardiorespiratory arrest
  • Identify and treat acute coronary syndromes
  • Practice and demonstrate the techniques for airway management in a simulated environment
  • Identify the main cardiac rhythms associated with cardiac arrest
  • Identify the indications for defibrillation and demonstrate safe defibrillation in a simulated environment
  • Use various Emergency Drugs in the appropriate clinical settings
  • Practice and demonstrate transcutaneous cardiac pacing in a simulated environment


  • All registered medical practitioners
  • Nurses working in critical care areas such as intensive care, coronary care, emergency departments, perianaesthesia & recovery, MET teams, and cardiac arrest teams
  • Critical Care paramedics


Competency in basic life support


Assessments are based on clinical scenarios that allow the participants to demonstrate the core competencies that have been taught on the course. These include a multiple choice questionnaire, airway management, safe defibrillation, and fully integrated cardiac arrest management.

The ALS provider card will be issued by the Australian Resuscitation Council after successful completion of the course. The card is valid for four years, and is recognised Australia-wide and throughout the UK and Europe.

Course history

The original Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course was developed by the American Heart Association in the 1980’s. In 1990 the Resuscitation Council (UK) formed a multidisciplinary body, the Advanced Life Support (ALS) course subcommittee, to develop a standardised national course teaching the most up-to-date resuscitation guidelines


The Royal Melbourne Hospital delivers the course jointly accredited by the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC).

The course is accredited for quality assurance (QA) and Continuing Medical education (CME) points with multiple medical colleges.

ANZCA CPD Approval

Category 3, Level 2 = 3 credits per hour
2 Day Course = 9 hours x 2 Days = 18 hours

Approval number 168


Melbourne Clinical Simulation Centre
Ground Floor West - Main Block
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Grattan Street
Parkville Vic. 3050

Course Coordinator

Dr Brad Hockey
Staff Specialist
Department Anaesthesia & Pain Management Royal Melbourne Hospital


Costs are in Australian dollars and include GST

Consultant / GP$1,760
HMOs and registrars$1,320

Nurses and paramedics

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Course dates

This two-day course will be held on the following dates:

March 20 and 21, 2023Book now
March 20 and 22, 2023Book now
May 24 and 25, 2023Book now
May 24 and 26, 2023 Book now
July 31 and August 1, 2023Book now
July 31 and August 2, 2023Book now
September 11 and 12, 2023Book now
September 11 and 13, 2023Book now
November 15 and 16, 2023Book now
November 15 and 17, 2023Book now

For more information

Please contact:

Diane Lyons - Departmental Secretary
Phone (03) 9342 7540