Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET)

Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET) seeks to improve care for patients requiring urgent and emergency medical services. It does this by providing education, training and supervision to the large number of doctors working in hospitals and emergency care services - particularly those in rural and regional Australia - who are not specifically trained in emergency medical care.

Delivery of this program is funded by the Australian federal government.

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EMET improves patient care

EMET provides emergency medicine specialist education and training to many of the Australian hospitals with emergency departments or urgent care services that are not staffed by specialist emergency medicine physicians (FACEMs). 

The doctors and other healthcare providers at these hospitals do not always feel adequately trained to deal with critically ill or complex trauma patients. They greatly appreciate the delivery of enhanced skills and collegiate support that the EMET program provides.

The common goal of the EMET program is two-fold:

  • to promote and support doctors enrolled in the EM Certificate and Diploma courses, and
  • to provide emergency medicine training at the hub hospitals and to smaller hospitals within the region or network.

Testimonials from EMET participants

Dr Stephen Gourley
FACEM, Alice Springs Hospital, Northern Territory
'The change in Tennant Creek Hospital since [EMET] commenced has been remarkable... The overall level of care has vastly improved with better continuity, better supervision, better systems and processes in place and better moral.'

Carley Howe
CMO, Byron Bay Hospital
'Did night shift last night and had a MET call in Birthing suite, a Postpartum Heamorrhage that I needed to transfuse a couple of units. Pretty glad that I went to your SHOCK simulation workshop the other month.'

EMET Hub sites providing training, supervision and support to more than 300 smaller hospitals around Australia. 

Canberra Hospital ACT Albury Wodonga Health VIC
Campbelltown Hospital NSW Ballarat Base Hospital VIC
Coffs Harbour Base Hospital NSW Barwon Health (Geelong) VIC
Dubbo Base Hospital NSW Bendigo Hospital VIC
Griffith Base Hospital NSW Cabrini Hospital (Malvern) VIC
John Hunter Hospital NSW La Trobe Regional Hospital (Traralgon) VIC
Lismore Base Hospital NSW Mildura Base Hospital VIC
Nepean Base Hospital NSW Monash Health (Casey & Dandenong Hospitals) VIC
Orange Health Service NSW North East Health Wangaratta VIC
Port Macquarie Base Hospital NSW South West Healthcare (Warrnambool) VIC
Tamworth Rural Referral Hosptial NSW The Northern Hospital VIC
The Tweed Hospital NSW Wimmera Health Care Group VIC
Wagga Wagga Base Hospital NSW Bunbury Hospital WA
Wollongong Hospital NSW WA Country Health Southern Metro WA
Wyong Hospital NSW Albany Hospital WA
Alice Springs Hospital NT Broome Hospital WA
Royal Darwin Hospital NT Geraldton Hospital WA
Bundaberg Hospital QLD Nickol Bay Hospital (Karratha) WA
Cairns Base Hospital QLD Northam Hospital WA
Mackay Base Hospital QLD Modbury Hospital SA
Nambour General Hospital QLD Med STAR SA
Retrieval Services Queensland QLD Regional Hospital Burnie and Mersey Community Hospital TAS
Rockhampton Base Hospital QLD Royal Hobart Hospital TAS
St Andrews War Memorial Hospital QLD The Launceston General Hospital TAS
Toowoomba Hospital  QLD    
Townsville Hospital QLD    

Did you know the Emergency Medicine Education and Training program has been generating its own media coverage around Australia? Check it out below.

Published articles
4 May 2015
Albany Health Campus emergency medicine program produces first graduate

Dr Richard Miller is the first Emergency Medicine Certificate graduate at Albany Health Campus.
9 Aug 2016
Dubbo Hospital’s Emergency Department rolling out training

Dubbo doctors travel to Cobar and around the region to instruct medical professionals as part of EMET
John Hunter Hospital
29 April 2016

2 June 2016
Outreach education for Singleton Hospital a huge success
Singleton Hospital participates in a tailor-made EMET session for their staff.

An opportunity to learn

Doctors, nurses and paramedics from Gloucestor, Bulahdealh and Dungog spend a day with EMET workshopping emergency care skills. 
North West Regional
22 June 2015
Lessons in health on KI

The challenge on King Island is there's no support for doctors until the air ambulance arrives. Two days of EMET training helps doctors practice and prepare for emergency scenarios. 
Port Macquarie
25 Aug 2016
National emergency training program comes to the Mid-North Coast

Mid North Coast Local Health District EMET Training runs popular workshops and master classes
1 Sept 2016
Medical professionals perfect their expertise locally

Doctors from as far as Tenterfield, Emmaville and Moree travel to attend specialist EMET training in Armidale. 
27 May 2015
Extra Training at Hospitals

Toowoomba EM specialist Dr Sheree Conroy and her team travel regularly to Murgon, Cherbourg, Kingaroy and more to provide EMET training in essential EM skills.
20 Dec 2014

6 Dec 2015
Manikins train rural doctors and medical teams in critical trauma skills

Tweed's 'guerilla sims' EMET training at Mullumbimby, testing country medicos with real-time critical scenarios.

Amazing tale of survival

EMET training saves lives. Murwillumbah staff can testify to this. Just days after they had completed an EMET simulation for a cardiac arrest a 46 year old female was brought in with a heart attack...


The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s (ACEM) National Program, Improving Australia’s Emergency Medicine Workforce, commenced mid-2011.  The EMET Program is included in the range of projects, funded by the Australian Federal Government, as part of its commitment to improving emergency medical care in Australia.

The EMET Program provides a unique framework which supports site specific development of education and training programs in emergency medicine for doctors and nurses (not specifically trained in emergency medicine) working in emergency departments or urgent care services in regional, rural and remote settings.

Program funding has now been extended to December 2017. 


The role of the PSO is key to the successful coordination, administration and delivery of EMET Programs.

Building teamwork amongst FACEMs, ED Medical and Nursing staff critical to patient safety.

"BITTEN BY THE BUG" - A day in the life of a PSO....

One of the best things about my role as a PSO is that every day is a little different to the last so when writing this, I decided to focus on my plan for today.  Today’s priority is to finalise the course content and start circulating the program for our upcoming rural education sessions in Paediatric Emergency Care in Armidale and Inverell.  Over the last couple of weeks I have made all the arrangements to get this set up and today I begin to promote, promote, promote! 

We are in the final planning stage of our inaugural annual course for EMC candidates “Simulation Enhanced Advanced Life Support” and I am processing the lucky last registration form today and hope to send out the pre-course manual soon.  Next I’m finalising numbers and looking into the clinical equipment needed for our EMC teaching session next week.  Sometime today, I will jump onto Moodle for a quick look at my candidates online and see how they are tracking.  I have already had calls from a candidate, a potential candidate and a supervisor today about various things and it seems I will have to bug the ever helpful Caroline this afternoon for some advice!!   I am working on my ACEM Progress Report due in a couple of weeks and following up on attendance at the NSW EMET Network Meeting.  Hopefully my now sent EMET pre-surveys will come rolling in!  I am setting up a meeting with a newbie at the Mater next week who is interested in enrolling and finalising the application process with a doctor from Taree who is working with us at the JHH temporarily. Throughout the day I will jot down anything of interest that may come up for my newsletters, reports, meetings etc. 

At the end of the day, I see my role as supporting and promoting the EMET hub in our Network, ensuring it all runs as smoothly, efficiently and successfully as possible.  Tomorrow will be a new day with hopefully some new challenges, ideas and goals to meet. 

[Natalie Sharkey, PSO, John Hunter New England]