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Trauma RiSc

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The Trauma Rural Inter-professional Simulation Course ( RiSc ) is a 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 New Zealand 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 New Zealand-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


The Trauma RiSc course will be held 13–15 May 2024.

Medical RiSc

Medical RiSc is a course run by the University of Otago Rural Postgraduate Programme designed specifically for interprofessional rural hospital teams in New Zealand. It is an immersive 3 day course that focuses on emergency medical care using highly realistic skills simulations and workshops.

We are inviting Rural Hospital Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics and Rural GP's to attend and extend their clinical knowledge and skills for medical emergency management.

Course content

  • Rural airway management
  • Managing the rural deteriorating patient
  • Respiratory failure and ventilation
  • Unwell cardiac patient
  • Cardioversion and electrical pacing workshops
  • Medical emergencies
  • Management of shock including inotropes/vasopressors
  • Thrombolysis
  • Interpreting ECG s and ABG s
  • Rural human factors, teamwork and communication
  • NZ rural hospital networking and collaboration


The Medical RiSc course will be held 21–23 October 2024.


  • NZD $3700 Medical Professionals with CME allowance
  • NZD$1700 General Practitioner or Nurse Practicitioner
  • NZD $750 Registered Nurse

We encourage you to come as an inter-professional team from your workplace if possible, however we also warmly welcome individual applicants.


RNZCGP has approved RiSc for CME MOPD points.

DRHMNZ has approved RiSc to be recognized as a Tier 1 resuscitation course for Fellows of Rural Hospital Medicine.


Rural Health Academic Centre, Ashburton Hospital


To register please complete the RiSc Application Form electronically (one for each team) and signed Confidentiality Agreement Form (one for each member of the team) and return them to the organiser via email at the address below.

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

Trauma RiSC Application Form (DOCX)

Medical RiSC Application Form (DOCX)

RiSC Confidentiality Agreement Form (PDF)

Electronic signatures are accepted.


For general enquiries, please contact:


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