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Essentials in Clinical Trauma Care

Essentials in Clinical Trauma Care
This is an intensive short course intended for those clinicians who wish to gain further knowledge in the specialty of trauma care.

This course will be of interest to those doctors who currently work in a Major Trauma Service as well as those clinicians who may wish to upskill their trauma management skills. The course will cover both technical and non-technical aspects of essential trauma care. The course will include an introduction to trauma systems and trauma data collection.

This course will also review trauma resuscitation and the management of specific injuries both acute and post-surgical on the trauma wards. These topics will be in the form of pre-recorded lectures by trauma experts and will also cover special trauma areas including paediatrics, burns, the elderly and the pregnant patient.

This course will also address the use of appropriate radiology and pathology resources which are essential for the management of these patients. The course will also include a module dedicated to basic and advanced trauma procedures, as well as an innovative in-person session at the University of Sydney, which will use Virtual Reality to allow hands-on experience in central venous access and chest tube insertion.

This course will also address the non-technical skills required by trauma clinicians for a functional Major Trauma Service including how to conduct a Morbidity and Mortality meeting, how to use the information from those meetings for trauma quality improvement and the role of the Trauma Case Manager. There will also be a brief introduction to the concept of Trauma Verification as conducted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Finally, the course will address the role of research and education for trauma clinicians and how this assists in providing best practice trauma care.



  • Module 1: What is physical trauma and an explanation of Trauma Systems
  • Module 2: Trauma Resuscitation and the Trauma Team
  • Module 3.1: Introduction to Various Types of Trauma - Blunt and Penetrating
  • Module 3.2: Special Trauma Groups
  • Module 4.1: Common Trauma Procedures
  • Module 4.1: Ventari VR – in person session
  • Module 4.2: What is a Traumatologist? Including an Introduction to the Trauma Team and Ward-based Care
  • Module 5: Trauma Research and Trauma Literature and Conclusion/ wrap up

Learning outcomes

Participants who complete this course will be able to:
1. Discuss the concepts of physical injury, the role of a trauma system and trauma data;
2. Identify the pathophysiology of distinct types of trauma presentations and how this influences the assessment and management of injured patients, including appropriate trauma procedures;
3. Explain the role of a Trauma Specialist and their role as part of a multi-disciplinary approach to patient management;
4. Discuss the initial assessment, management and post-acute care of trauma patients;
5. Explain the various radiology modalities, pathology and blood product use in the management of trauma patients;
6. Understand trauma literature and the use of evidence-based guidelines in order to provide optimal management of the trauma patient.

Course delivery method

This short course will be primarily presented through an online module with a series of pre-recorded videos, case study readings and live webinars developed by experienced and well-respected faculty. There is a single in-person component of the course, held on the University of Sydney campus where you will attend a VR session.

Course pre-requisites

  • This Short Course in Essential clinical trauma care at the University of Sydney is aimed at junior doctors who are interested in learning about the skills required to work in a Major Trauma Service as well as more senior doctors who are interested in updating their knowledge on both the clinical and non-clinical aspects of current trauma care.


Additional Course Information

  • Additional reading recommended:
    • Trauma. 9th Edition Feliciano, Mattox, Moore. McGraw Hill
    • ATLS Student Course Manual 10th Edition.The Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons


Course fees
 Standard  $3,295 (incl. GST)
Register your interest
Thursday, 26 October 2023 to
Thursday, 07 December 2023
6:00PM - 7:30PM
28 CPD Point/s
Susan Wakil Health Building

Camperdown NSW


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