The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new and unprecedented need for upskilling to prepare for the management of patients affected by the COVID-19 virus as well as associated changes to the provision of routine anaesthesia and pain medicine practice.This page provides examples of educational activities that may be useful to your COVID-19 preparedness education. The materials have largely been developed by critical care colleagues who have given permission for the materials to be shared.
We encourage all ANZCA and FPM trainees to refer to this list of potential impacts to education and training as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr David Elliott, chair of Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE), has released an important message in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak regarding upcoming CME and SIG events. View Dr Elliott's message here.
The ANZCA and FPM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee and team have prepared a guide to mapping your educational practice to your CPD portfolio, during this period.
Information relating to COVID-19 and the ANZCA and FPM CPD program:
A specially-designed list CPD activities that can be completed online, remotely or in consideration of COVID-19:
FAQs and resources that will be updated as further information becomes available:
The New Zealand National Committee hosted a webinar this week which comprised of a panel of experts talking about COVID-19 and anaesthesia. The panel was made up of a leading epidemiologist, a microbiologist an infectious diseases specialist, the chief medical officer of the New Zealand Ministry of Health and our own Dr Nigel Robertson who has been chairing the ANZCA Clinical Expert Advisory Committee set up for pandemic response. Duration: 68 mins.
COVID-19: 30 min LSCS DRILL
This template, provided by the Royal Hospital for Women, NSW, outlines team members roles and stages of care for a 30-minute emergency caesarean section multidisciplinary team drill. Permission is granted by the authors to modify to reflect local practice. If conducted according to CPD requirements, this activity may qualify for CPD credits under as a Team training scenario within own work environment, with usual work team.
More information available here
COVID-19 Lung Ultrasound Training
This online module, developed by the University of Melbourne, is available for free:
COVID-19 Airway Management Emergency Response Module
These provider materials, provided by the authors of the COVID 19 Airway Team Training course demonstrate an approach to this training that may qualify for CPD points under ANZCA CPD Standards for COVID-19 Airway Management Emergency response education sessions.
The CATT course uses the Safe Airway Society algorithms however providers may use these materials to create their own training materials using their preferred algorithms.
The college does not formally endorse these materials but recognises they may provide guidance and reduce workload for educators. It is important that education is tailored to local practice which in turn should be supported by local needs and reflect broader evidence-based practice.
Please acknowledge the authors of the material. In some instances, permission is granted to modify the materials to reflect local practice.
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