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RESCyou course gives hands on emergency skills to rural clinicians

Dr Ruth Large (right) guides hands-on learning with rural practitioners.

Dr Ruth Large (right) guides hands-on learning with rural practitioners.

Two Waikato DHB clinicians are among the group of Midland health region emergency specialists sharing their knowledge with rural health practitioners around New Zealand.

After two years of planning an inaugural RESCyou (Rural Emergency Skills brought to you) course was launched in Gore on 28 August by Dr Peter Freeman (clinical director of Rotorua and Taupo ED), Dr Shameem Safih (clinical director of South Waikato Rural Hospitals) and Dr Ruth Large (clinical director of Thames Hospital).

The course is the brainchild of the Midland Regional Emergency Departments (REDs) group and aims to bring high quality simulation models to rural areas that have difficulty accessing a simulation lab.

Dr Shameem Safih presents to the group of rural practitioners on the RESCyou course in Gore.

Dr Shameem Safih presents to the group of rural practitioners on the RESCyou course in Gore.

The course is designed to give hands on practice to rural clinicians (medical officers and nurses) in emergency skills and procedures . It was made possible by a collaboration with Mobile Health and the NZ faculty of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine.

RESCyou received very positive feedback from the participants and the instructors are already planning to bring the course to the Waikato/Lakes area next year.

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