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EMET Educator Dr Irfaan Jetha leads a simulation session based around managing a cardiac arrest in a rural Emergency department setting. Pictured left to right are: Nurse Educator Fiona MacCallum, EMET Emergency FACEM Dr Irfaan Jetha, Junior Medical Officers Anupama Giri and Bazel Lodhi, and EMET Project officer Greta Enns. Image: Contributed

Emergency training boosts Clarence Valley medico skills

Doctors and nurses at Grafton Base Hospital and Maclean District Hospital will receive a significant boost to their emergency medicine skills, thanks to the establishment of a new EMET (Emergency Medicine Education and Training) hub in the region.  The EMET program is accredited by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine and provides clinicians with life-saving skills to manage critical patients in emergency settings. The new EMET hub will allow local clinicians to access training right here in the Clarence Valley. Where previously local doctors and nurses might be required to travel to metropolitan areas to attend specialised emergency training courses, they can now access accredited and up-to-date training without the travel. “We’re so excited to have this happening here, it will make a real difference to the health services in the local community,” Director Medical Services for Clarence Health Services, Dr Abbey Perumpanani, said. “We have extremely dedicated doctors and nurses working in our community, and it’s important to be able to offer targeted skills training and professional development so we can ensure our workforce can continue to provide first-class care to our patients.” The training includes simulation sessions and formal lecture and tutorial sessions, delivered at both the Grafton Base Hospital and Maclean District Hospital and within the wider community settings.