Intermediate workshop

Important Message

The RACGP Clinical Emergency Management Program (CEMP) is currently undergoing a review and redevelopment. Workshops will cease from 1 July 2019. There are numerous accredited CPD providers who deliver similar education and courses at a similar price point.

ARC advanced life support courses are held in every state and territory of Australia by centres that are approved and certified by the Australian Resuscitation Council. The Advanced Life Support Level 1 courses meets the training requirements for general practice registrars and RACGP Fellowship. Access course dates here.

Facilitated by a team of highly trained intensive care paramedics

The Clinical Emergency Management Program (CEMP) Intermediate workshops have been designed to build participants' knowledge, skills and confidence when responding to medical emergencies.

This workshop includes CPR practice and assessment, which meets the 2017–2019 triennium basic CPR course requirement. It also meets the basic life support (BLS) and advanced life support (ALS) training requirements for general practice registrars and RACGP Fellowship.

These workshops are facilitated by a national team of highly trained intensive care paramedics. The course is developed by GPs in collaboration with qualified paramedic professionals who have many years experience teaching emergency medicine.

Designed for:

General practice registrars and registered medical practitioners including, international medical graduates (IMGs).

Registration for CEMP Intermediate workshops

To register for a workshop, please visit the registration and fees page.

Program structure

The program consists of the following components.



Estimated Time to Complete

Due Date for Completion


Online Predisposing activity

30 minutes

Must be completed 3 working days prior to the workshop date


Online Basic CPR activity

90 minutes



Interactive hands on face to face workshop

1 full day (8.30am to 5pm)



Online Reinforcing activity

30 minutes

Will be available 5 working days after the workshop and must be completed within 4 weeks of the workshop date

Each of the course components must be completed to receive 40 Category 1 points in the RACGP QI&CPD Program and to meet the 2017-2019 triennium basic CPR course requirement.

CPR certification is valid for 2017-2019 RACGP QI&CPD Program triennium, However the Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines recommend that those trained in CPR should refresh their skills at least annually.

ALS certification is valid for four years from the date of attendance at a Clinical Emergency Management Program (CEMP) Intermediate workshop providing all course components are completed.



  • CPR practice and assessment, including defibrillation
  • New Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines – resuscitation and pharmacology
  • Basic life support and advanced life support
  • Airway management skills
  • Anaphylaxis and acute asthma
  • Cardiac arrests
  • Ventricular fibrillation, primary asystole and asystole
  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Early management of trauma
  • Acute pain management and analgesia
  • Collapse and loss of consciousness (including differential diagnosis of hypoglycaemic shock, narcotic overdose and seizure)
  • Patient assessment and management
  • Emergency crisis scene safety and management.

At the completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • demonstrate airway management skills including competent use of bag valve mask, as per Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines
  • recognise when emergency drug items may be used, as per Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines
  • apply cardiopulmonary assessment and resuscitation skills, including defibrillation, as per Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines
  • outline the importance of effective decision making skills in an emergency situation including team management and delegation of tasks
  • identify potential neck injury.

Skills exposure

  • Review of basic airway management
  • Triple airway manoeuvre
  • Bag valve mask
  • Guedel's airway
  • Nasal pharyngeal airway
  • Defibrillator

Highlights from past participants

'I have attended many emergency workshops but the content of this one is the best'.

'The whole day was valuable – the interactive sessions highlight strengths and weaknesses that didactic sessions don't'.

'This is the best course I have ever done. I have been away working as a 24 hour doctor on call and in the last 17 days I have used every skill I learned in the workshop!'.

'The workshop teaches a logical systematic approach to managing general and complicated emergencies including coordinated teamwork'.

'Back to basics and hands on practice to improve confidence in clinical situations. Update in changes in CPR management and explanation as to why it is better'.

Training grants

The Rural Procedural Grants Program provides financial support to maintain and enhance the clinical skills of GPs and locums who deliver:

  • unsupervised anaesthetics, obstetrics and / or surgery in hospitals located in ACGC-RA 2-5 locations
  • unsupervised emergency medicine in 24-hour triaging Accident and Emergency facilities located in ASGC-RA 2-5 locations.

This financial support is offered as a grant of $2000 per day for up to 10 days of training per financial year for procedural GPs and for up to 3 days of training per financial year for GPs providing hospital based emergency services.

GPs who work in a rural or remote location and attend a CEMP workshop may be eligible for these training grants but they must be registered in the grants programs prior to attending the workshop.

For further information about training grants please visit the grants page on our website or phone 1800 636 764 or email


This active learning module has been approved by the RACGP QI&CPD Program for a total of 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points. Category 1 QI&CPD points will be allocated following completion of the online predisposing and activity, participation in the workshop and completion of the online reinforcing activity.


  • If participants have participated in a CEMP Intermediate workshop in a previous triennium and would like to participate again to update their skills, they will be eligible to obtain 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points for the 2017–2019 triennium.
  • GPs who repeat the same Category 1 activity in the current triennium will only be awarded Category 1 QI&CPD points for their first attendance at a particular activity.

Complimentary CPR 123

As a special bonus, all CEMP Intermediate workshop participants will receive their own complimentary CPR 123 personal learning program which will enable you to practice and reinforce the life saving skill of CPR in the comfort and convenience of your own practice.

Important notes

  • General practice registrars requiring a certificate in competency in the management of trauma and Advanced Life Support, must request this prior to the workshop.
  • In order to be eligible to participate in this workshop, IMGs will need to have applied for, or completed assessment of, their overseas GP experience by RACGP censors, and one of the following:
    • have passed the AMC examination (written and clinical) or equivalent
    • be enrolled in the RACGP Specialist Pathway Recognition Program or in the RACGP Practice Experience Program (PEP)
    • be working in general practice or
    • undertaking general practice training
  • If you have any special needs in relation to the CPR practice and assessment component, contact 1800 472 247 before the workshop
  • Complimentary CPR 123 personal learning programs will be distributed to participants on the day of the workshop
  • Participants will be provided with workshop venue information following registration
  • Workshops may be cancelled where insufficient registrations are received
  • Cancellation policy applies; refer to CEMP terms and conditions

Group bookings

If you are interested in the RACGP delivering CEMP Intermediate workshops for your organisation, please freecall 1800 472 247 to discuss your organisation's training needs.


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