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The Rural Inter-professional Simulation Course

intubation 2The Rural Inter-professional Simulation Course (RiSC) is a new course run by the Rural Postgraduate Programme designed specifically for rural hospital teams in New Zealand. It is an immersive three-day course which will focus on emergency and trauma care using highly realistic skills and simulations. We believe that it takes a team to deliver high-quality trauma care. We are inviting rural hospital teams of doctors and nurses to join the course and learn the clinical skills and practice the teamwork that it takes to make the right things happen.

A team will consist of five members—two or three doctors and two or three nurses who normally work together in clinical practice. A total of four teams from around NZ will meet and collaborate to learn new skills and procedures. Smaller centres unable to generate a full team are invited to send individuals to join one NZ-wide combined team.

Course content

  • Pre-course online content for study
  • Core trauma skills such as IV and IO access and splinting techniques
  • Updates in head and spine injury management
  • Highly realistic simulation stations with professional debrief
  • Rural airway management including team RSI practice
  • Rural human factors, teamwork, and communication
  • Procedural sedation workshop
  • NZ rural hospital networking and collaboration

Important information


The estimated cost for a team of 5 is NZ$10,000 per team, or NZ$3,500 per medical practitioner.


The RiSC course is approved with the RNZCGP Division of Rural Hospital Medicine as a Tier 1 resuscitation course as well as ACRRM for MOPS accreditation. The course is approved for MOPS CME points with RNZCGP and DRHMNZ.

The inaugural course was held successfully on 8—10 May 2017 at the Rural Health Academic Centre in Ashburton.


The course scheduled for 12–14 February 2018 has been postponed. Teams registered for this course have been offered places at the 28–30 May course.

An additional course is to be held on 23–25 May 2018. 

Both courses are now full. Please contact the organiser if you are interested in attending a course in 2019.


Rural Health Academic Centre Ashburton


To register please return the completed RiSC Application Form (one for each team) and signed Confidentiality Agreement Form (one for each member of the team) via email to the organiser.

To download the RiSC application form and the confidentiality agreement form, click the links below:

RiSC application form (docx 59kb)

RiSC Confidentiality Agreement Form (pdf 49kb)

Electronic signature is accepted.

Email the organiser: