The ALS2 course is conducted by Melbourne Clinical Simulation Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The course 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 before safe transfer into a critical care environment.
- Causes and prevention of cardiac arrest
- Acute coronary syndromes
- ALS universal algorithm
- Rhythm recognition
- Airway management
- 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
- Registered medical practitioners with minimum PGY 2
- 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.
The original Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course was developed by the American Heart Association in the 1980s. 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
Costs are in Australian dollars and include GST.
- Consultant or GP: $1,760
- HMOs and registrars: $1,320
- Nurses and paramedics: $900
- RMH employees: Contact Anaesthesia Supervisors of Training
2024 course dates
This two-day course will be held regularly throughout 2024.
- 25 and 26 March 2024
- 25 and 27 March 2024
- 13 and 14 May 2024
- 13 and 15 May 2024
- 31 July and 1 August 2024
- 31 July and 2 August 2024
- 16 and 17 September 2024
- 16 and 18 September 2024
- 11 and 12 November 2024
- 11 and 13 November 2024