"Fantastic learning experience! Brilliant teaching and great opportunities for clarification and additional learning."
The Rural and Remote Retrieval Weekend provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the management of medical emergencies in a remote environment with limitation in equipment, personnel and resources.
- Learn in a supportive environment that encourages relevant, practical and self-directed approach to learning.
- Development of practical skills and professional abilities such as teaching, teamwork, leadership and dealing with stress and uncertainty.
- Network with colleagues in a unique setting.
Event inclusions for participants
- Registration fee (including CPD program – facilitation and upskilling)
- All meals – three buffet breakfasts, three lunches and three two-course dinners
- All refreshments and snacks
- On-site transport and airport transfers (if required)
- Event materials
*For more information on the registration fees please see the General tab.
Who should attend?
Multidisciplinary health professionals with clinical roles or strong interest in emergency or acute health care are invited to attend the event, including:
- Medical practitioners including general practitioners and doctors working in hospitals, rural clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services
- Nurse practitioners
- Emergency department and critical care nurses
The weekend will be facilitated by a team of experienced emergency physicians and general practitioners who have worked in rural and remote regions.
Rural Procedural Grant
This Active Learning Module (ALM) is eligible for a two-day emergency grant valued at $4,000.
For further details about the emergency grant, contact the RACGP on 1800 636 764 or ACRRM on 1800 223 226.
This activity is accredited for CPD points:
RACGP Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development Program - Activity number 90195
ACRRM - Activity Number 10173.
Program & Speakers
"Thank you for an amazing learning opportunity in a stunning environment! Mike was a fantastic tutor and taught us great new tricks. Rural Health West has to be commended for arranging such an excellent conference!"
- 2017 Delegate
A briefing and introduction scenario will be carried out on Thursday evening. Participants will be divided between various activities involving simulated emergency scenarios on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Groups will alternate between these activities, prior to joining together again for a final debriefing and feedback session.
By the end of the weekend, participants should:
- be able to assess and prioritise patients and injuries according to medical urgency using a structured approach;
- be able to manage emergency problems in a wilderness environment and generalise this to patients in other clinical situations;
- understand the specific problems and limitations of practising medicine in a wilderness setting including transportation and evacuation needs;
- understand working in a team and the importance of effective communication and leadership to optimise outcomes and reduce medical error;
- be able to deal with stress and uncertainty that occurs in unfamiliar environments; and
appreciate the impact medical co-morbidities may have in a wilderness environment.
For each scenario, specific management of the clinical condition should be addressed as well as all of these generic points:
- scene safety, control, leadership and teamwork;
- recognising initial need for resuscitation and managing immediate life threats;
- appropriate supportive and specific therapy;
- care of basic needs of patient and group; and
- extrication, stabilisation and transport planning.
Conference work and pre and post assessments are required to be completed to gain continuing professional development points. Evaluation forms will be requested during the debriefing and feedback session. This is to ensure ongoing conference improvement for future participants.
Option 1 SINGLE $1,600 per participant
Includes three nights accommodation (with private ensuite) in a deluxe eco tent and all meals. If your spouse and family wish to accompany you, additional charges are listed below:
- Partner: $450pp including accommodation and all meals
- Children: $250 per child including accommodation and all meals
King Eco Tents can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children.
Option 2 TWIN SHARE $1,350 per participant
Twin share eco tent with another participant of the same gender
Includes three nights twin share accommodation (with private ensuite) with another participant in a deluxe eco tent and all meals.
Option 3 TRIPLE SHARE $1,200 per participant
Triple share eco tent with two other participants of the same gender
Includes three nights triple share accommodation (with private ensuite) with two other participants in a deluxe eco tent and all meals.
Option 4 QUAD SHARE $1,050 per participant
Share a dorm eco cabin with three other participants of the same gender
Includes three nights quad share (two sets of bunk beds) accommodation with three other event participants of the same gender in a dorm eco cabin (with shared bathroom and communal seating area) and all meals.
Option 4 BYO CAMPING $950 per participant
Bring your own tent/camping equipment
Includes three nights camping within the Savannah Campground (located at the Eco Retreat) at an unpowered campsite. Participants will be required to bring their own camping equipment/swags. Shared bathroom amenities include flushing toilets and hot showers. Includes all meals. If your partner or family wish to camp with you, additional charges will apply:
$60 per person (children under 12 are free)
$55 per adult per dinner
$25 per child per dinner
Morning of Adventure
Go over the edge with an afternoon of adventure - $250pp
For those delegates who wish to traverse, paddle, slide, abseil, swim, jump and climb their way through Karijini National Park. Limited to 23 participants. Fee includes all equipment necessary to undertake this memorable journey. A high level of fitness is required.
Partners are welcome to participate in the Morning of Adventure.
Minimum age to participate in Canyoning is strictly 14 years accompanied by Guardian. Please refer to West Oz Active website
for full Canyoning tour requirements before proceeding.
Air travel and transfers
Delegates and families will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel to Karijini National Park. However, Rural Health West will provide an airport transfer between Karijini National Park and Paraburdoo Airport (approximately 1 hour) to connect with the flights below:
Thursday 17 May 2018 QF1656 from Perth to Paraburdoo arriving at 3.15pm.
Sunday 20 May 2018 QF1809 flight from Paraburdoo to Perth departing at 7pm.
Airport transfers will by charter bus. Rural Health West advises that families who require a child car seat must arrange a private hire car.
Some of these walks are classified Grade 5. Participants must be able to climb 1,000 stairs plus walk 18km over the duration of one day. You will also be required to scramble over rocks and swim short distances.
Due to the reality that can sometimes occur during scenarios, together with the potential risks for injury inherent in such a conference, personal medical information including past medical history, medications and allergies is required prior to conference commencement and will be kept in strictest confidentiality by the lead trainer.
This information may also be needed in order to allocate scenarios and to ensure any special equipment or medications are taken into consideration.
A basic wilderness medicine kit will be provided for use during the scenarios including first aid equipment and commonly available drugs. Some protective equipment will also be available to assist in the running of the scenarios.
If event registration is cancelled by 6 April 2018, a full refund is given. If registration is cancelled after 6 April 2018, a refund of 50% is given. Refunds will not be issued for any registrations cancelled after 7 May 2018.
Points to note
- Karijini National Park offers a variety of walk trails for a variety of fitness levels. Please ensure you have the necessary physical ability and appropriate attire to undertake your chosen activity.
- None of the Eco Tents have air-conditioning. The Eco Tents are designed with walls that can be unzipped and folded down to allow natural ventilation and to allow you to have a full view of your surroundings.
- There is only minimal power for low wattage applications (charging camera battery/iPod) at the Eco Retreat, including the Eco tents.
- There is no internet access or mobile phone reception in Karijini National Park, including at the Eco Retreat. The Eco Retreat has a pay phone for which a phone charge card is needed. Phone cards may be purchased at the retreat or BYO from Perth.
- The only food outlet within Karijini National Park is the restaurant aligned with the Eco retreat.