The Skills Training for Anaesthetic Residents (STAR) course is designed for junior anaesthetic trainees and residents entering the anaesthetic training program.
The full-day course covers a range of technical and non-technical skills, working to bridge the knowledge gap, as well as develop skills in crisis management, leadership and team management.
Participants will work in small groups, rotating through stations including airway management, advanced life support, 'can't intubate, can't oxygenate' (CICO), case-based discussions and high fidelity, high technology simulations.
About the course
STAR runs in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane (TBC) usually once or twice per year in each location. It is a full-day, fully catered course with a high faculty-to-participant ratio.
Participants work in small groups, rotating through 90-minute stations including airway management, advanced life support, can't intubate, can't oxygenate, case-based discussions and high fidelity, high technology simulations.
The course covers:
- Airway management
- Planning for intubation and extubation
- Anaesthetic assessment
- Advanced life support and management of anaesthetic crises
- Initial management of intra-operative deterioration
- Professional practice
Faculty include experienced anaesthetists and anaesthetic trainees who are enthusiastic about teaching and supporting the professional development of junior clinicians.
Sample schedule for the day
7.45am – Register and change into scrubs
8.00am – Introduction
9.00am – Session 1
10.30am – Break
10.45am – Session 2
12.15pm – Break
1.00pm – Session 3
2.30pm – Break
2.45pm – Session 4
4.30pm – Interview preparation and course feedback
5.00pm – Participants finish
Frequently asked questions
We recommend some anaesthetic experience. STAR is designed for participants who have 6 to 12 months of previous experience in anaesthesia or critical care as an HMO 2/3.
This course is not appropriate for interns or medical students.
You can still register for the course but we strongly encourage you to have at least two years of postgraduate experience in this case.
Please consider what your goals are in doing STAR and read the information on the website carefully.
STAR covers airway planning, preparation and management, crisis management especially anaesthesia-specific crises and initial management of deterioration under anaesthesia, and professionalism.
Sign up to our waitlist to be notified of future STAR courses.
Note that this does not guarantee a place on a course. If a course is cancelled, our priority is rebooking those who missed out where possible.
We encourage you to arrive promptly and leave plenty of time for COVID protocols at the course centre. Arriving on time for a list is considered an important part of anaesthetic practice. You will be provided with scrubs to change into on arrival at the course centre.
In most cases, only an administration fee is charged. However, cancellation less than 2 weeks from the course (after 5pm on the Friday 2 weeks before the course) will result in significant work from our admin team and therefore full refund is not possible.
See our cancellation policy below under 'Terms and conditions' for details.
We are unfortunately unable to offer a refund due to travel restrictions or border closures. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance when you register for the course in case you are unable to attend at short notice.
If your course is cancelled - for example, due to a COVID-related public health directive - you will receive a full refund or a transfer to a future course at no cost to you.
With sufficient notice we are able to facilitate a once-off transfer of your course registration to a later course. See our cancellation policy below under 'Terms and conditions' for details.
You will need to pay any difference in fees for the later course. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Cancellation STAR’ in the subject line.
No. We suggest finding a mentor close to home as that’s likely to be more contextually appropriate.
Similarly, local people who are involved in the appointment process are more likely to be able to help with specific issues and help you optimise your CV and references, as well as appropriate interview practice.
If you work with one of the faculty, they would be very happy to help you find a mentor within the department as this is an important part of your career development.
Terms and conditions
- Cancellations and Deferments - must be advised in writing or via email:
- Cancellation advised in writing or via email, more than 6 weeks before the scheduled course date are entitled to refund less $50 admin fee
- Cancellations received within 6 weeks before the course will incur a financial penalty of 50% of the registration fee or transfer to future course at our discretion
- Cancellations within 2 weeks of the course are not entitled to any refund or transfer to future course
- First deferment advised in writing or via email, more than 6 weeks before the scheduled course date will generally not incur a financial penalty
- First deferment advised in writing or via email, within 6 weeks before the scheduled course date an additional 50% of the registration fee will be payable
- A second deferment will incur a penalty of 100% of the registration fee
- Cancellation or deferment due to illness supported by a medical certificate (must be from a medical practitioner not a colleague) will not incur a financial penalty.
- A refund will not be granted if a registrant fails to attend, cancels or defer up to 2 weeks before the course.
- Full payment is required on registration.
- The RMH reserves the right to cancel planned courses and symposia, even at short notice. In the event of cancellation by the RMH, all course fees will be refunded. This precludes any other claims.
- If a nominated presenter cannot take a course another faculty member will be engaged by the RMH.
The RMH is committed to protecting your privacy and the confidentiality and security of personal information provided by you to us. The personal information you provide in this form will be used by the RMH to:
- Process your registration form, which may include updating your record and profile information
- Contact you in the event of cancellation
- Conduct analysis or market research to identify the ongoing needs of registrants
- Provide you with access to information about a range of current and future courses and associated events administered by the RMH
- RMH may disclose the personal information, which you provide to external service providers to whom we have contracted out functions such as printers or mailing houses, but only for the purposes outlined above. You have a right to access any personal information, which RMH holds about you, subject to the exceptions in the Privacy Act 1988
Please contact the RMH if you would like to access or correct the personal information we hold about you.
Participants responsibility to the RMH:
- If required, participants are to provide proof of professional status
- Participants are to arrange own parking
- RMH will not be liable for loss of personal property or parking fines incurred
- Participants agree to read and abide by all Health and Safety Guidelines provided
During your participation in our courses, still photographs and video recordings may be taken that at times the RMH may use for educational, administration or promotional purposes.