Emergency Life Support ELS Course
ELS Course
Emergency Life Saving Course



The ELS Course was established in 1997 as a 2 day course designed to teach the core skills and knowledge needed to assess and stabilise common Emergency Medicine presentations.
Its focus is on cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, paediatric and common toxicological emergency presentations.

The course is run as a not for profit enterprise with instructors (experienced Emergency Medicine Specialists) donating their time free of charge. Fees that are charged for the course go towards covering equipment hire / maintenance, travel and accommodation, administration and printing (course materials), freight, venue hire and catering.

After 20 years of running scheduled courses (around 15 per year), the ELS Management Committee has changed direction and will now offer only individualised courses in Australia.
This change will take effect from 7 December 7 2016.

To arrange an Emergency Life Support Course in Australia, a specific request must be made (see below).

Such courses will be based on the original format (see below), but variations will be considered on a case by case basis.

Delivery of ELS Courses in developing countries will continue as before.


Emergency Life Saving Course


Emergency Life Support Course format - template


09:00    Introduction
09:15    Housekeeping
09:30    Lecture - The Emergency Management of the Seriously Ill Patient-generic approach
10:15    Introductory Skill Station
11:15    Morning Tea
11:35    Skill Station Rotation A
12:35    Lecture - Acute Coronary Syndromes
13:15    Lunch
13:55    Skill Station Rotation B
14:55    Lecture - Seizures
15:25    Skill Station Rotation C
16:25    Lecture - Poisoning
16:50    Afternoon Tea and Group Practice Scenarios - Teamwork and Initial Stabilisation
17:50    Closure / Finish

09:00    Lecture - Shock
09:45    Skill Station Rotation D
10:45    Morning Tea
11:05    Lecture - Asthma
11:55    Skill Station Rotation E
12:55    Lecture - Envenomation
13:35    Lunch
14:20    Skill Station Rotation F
15:25    Lecture/Group discussion - Teamwork
16:05    Individual Assessment Scenarios
17:05    Course Closure
17:20    FINISH

Skill Stations
Basic Intubation
Difficult Airway
Emergency Cardiology - including BLS/ALS
Difficult IV access and IV fluids
ECG interpretation
Sick Child scenario
CXR interpretation

Emergency Life Saving Course



Individualised courses are not aimed at individuals but rather at communities of clinicians – e.g. the clinician group from a rural town or region (Doctors only or Doctors and Nurses). If a clinician group wishes to arrange an individualised Emergency Life Support Course in their area within Australia then please contact any of the ELS faculty listed below, to discuss the requirements.

For a course to proceed a funding source would need to be found by the clinician group to cover the course expenses outlined above.


Dr Andrew Bezzina, MBBS, FACEM, DipRACOG
Senior Staff Specialist, Emergency Medicine, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital
New South Wales


Dr Michael Bastick, MBBS, FACEM, Post Grad Dip Crit Care Echo
Director, Intensive Care Unit, Gosford Hospital, New South Wales


Dr Michael Downes, MBChB, FACEM
Emergency Physician and Clinical Toxicologist, Hunter New England Health, Newcastle, New South Wales


Dr Terry George, MBBS, FACEM, DipRACOG
Director of Emergency Medicine, Bundaberg Hospital, Queensland


Dr Phil Hungerford, MBBS, FACEM
Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital, New South Wales.


Dr Greg McDonald, MBBS, FACEM
Director, Emergency Care, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga, New South Wales


Dr Kate Porges, MBBS, FACEM, MPH
Network Director for Emergency Medicine, Central Coast Local Health Network, New South Wales


Dr Alan Tankel, MBChB, FACEM, FRCP(Glasg)
Director, Emergency Medicine, Coffs Harbour Base Hospital. Network Director, Emergency Medicine, Coffs Clinical Network. Conjoint Senior Lecturer, UNSW.


Dr Stephen Walker, MBBS, GradCertClinEd, FACEM, AFRACMA
Associate Medical Director, Cognitive Institute. Senior Medical Educator (Asia Pacific), Medical Protection Society.


Dr John Kennedy, MBBS, FACEM
Staff Specialist and Director of Emergency Medicine Training, Royal North Shore Hospital, New South Wales.



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