ACME Course

The Advanced and Complex Medical Emergencies (ACME) is a three day course using simulation, small group discussions, mini-scenarios and interactive workshops to explore the complex speciality of emergency medicine. The ACME course aims to stimulate and provoke the experienced physician practising emergency medicine and who wishes to be challenged. Because the emphasis in this course is on learning and sharing information, there is no formal assessment of participants.

Simulation Centres

Image: ACME logoCore Modules

  1. Human Factors: To improve the understanding of Human Factors and their impact on the quality of team-based clinical care, in the complex, uncertain, dynamic and time pressured environments characteristic of emergency medicine
  2. Cardiovascular Instability: Reviews principles of diagnosing and managing cardiovascular instability
  3. Airway and Respiratory Emergencies: Revises and develop skills in the management of acute airway and respiratory emergencies
  4. Shock and Complex Emergencies: In the challenging ED environment to practise managing patients with complex illnesses including shock.
Inter woven throughout the modules are core themes of effective teamwork, teaching, professionalism, safety and quality. In addition, where relevant, paediatric content will be included in the modules. Pre-reading is required.

The following additional modules will also be available as rotating options with the overall course design depending on where you complete the course.

Centre-Selected Additional Modules:

  1. Altered conscious state
  2. Toxicology
  3. Death, dying and grief counselling
  4. Musculo-skeletal and spinal injury
  5. Toxinology
  6. Obstetric and gynaecological emergencies
  7. Transport of the critically ill patient
  8. Ear, nose and throat and ophthalmological emergencies
  9. Behavioural emergencies.

Who Can Participate?

All ACEM Fellows are invited to participate in the ACME course.
Once approval has been granted we warmly welcome:
  • Registrars / senior trainees in their final two years of training. Requirement: a letter of support from your DEMT
  • CPDNFP participants. Requirement: a letter of support from your ACEM mentor
  • SMOs/CMOs working in EDs. Requirement: a letter of support from your FACEM Director
  • EMD candidates. Requirement: a letter of support from your FACEM supervisor.

CPD Activity (Fellows and Non Fellows participating in CPD only)

The ACME course contributes towards ACEM CPD requirements, under the category of Group Learning. (Group Learning covers activities that are undertaken in company with other learners to enhance practice in Emergency Medicine.)

Depending on the modules conducted by the site, Procedural Skills may also be recorded.

Course Facilitation

Interested in becoming an ACME Course Facilitator? A Facilitators course has not yet been scheduled for 2015, however please lodge your expression of interest here.

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St Vincent's Health
Education Centre
Level 3, Healy Wing
41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy Vic 3065
Contact: Dr Stuart Dilley (Tues & Wed) and Sue Mabilia (Mon - Thurs)
E: [email protected] or s[email protected]
Ph: (03) 9288 3795 and (03) 9288 2304

New Zealand

Simulation Centre for Patient Safety
Building 721, Tamaki Innovation Campus
Contact: Dr Mike Nicholls or Dr Anil Nair
E: [email protected] or [email protected]
Ph: Kathy Bos: +64 9 923 3122

Waikato Clinical Skills & Simulation Centre
Waikato Hospital Campus, Hamilton
Contact: Rob Sinclair
E: [email protected]
Ph: +64 7 839 8750 ext 95891 or +64 2147 1050



June 7-9 **Course Full**
St Vincent's Health Education Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Ph: +61 3 9288 3795
E: [email protected]


November 8-10
Simulation Centre for Patient Safety, Auckland
Ph: +64 (0) 9 923 3122
E: [email protected]

November 29 - December 1
St Vincent's Health Education Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Ph: +61 3 9288 3795
E: [email protected]