Acute Neurotrauma Management (Rural)


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Workshop information

What will you learn?

Surgeons will gain the skills to deal with cases of neurotrauma in the rural setting, where the urgency of a case or difficulties in transporting a patient demand rapid surgically-applied relief of pressure on the brain. Importantly, the workshop teaches these skills using equipment typically available in smaller hospitals, including the Hudson Brace.
Participants will develop a capacity to accurately evaluate whether on-the-spot treatment, using the procedures learned, is required.
They will also learn to perform, through demonstration and practice on human cadaveric material:

  • a burr-hole procedure with Hudson Brace
  •  craniectomy
  •  craniotomy
  •  tap-shunt procedure.

Key learning outcomes

  • To understand the treatment for acute neurotrauma in the rural setting
  • To be able to decompress a patient with a rapidly expanding extra-dural
  • To be able to use a Hudson Brace and bit.

Target group - Rural Orthopaedic and General Surgeons, Rural Clinicians, International Medical Graduates, Trainees. This course is not appropriate for junior doctors.

Key details

Location and date:
24 September 2015 - Cairns, QLD, Australia (closed)

A$300.00 (members of the College)
A$375.00 (non members of the College)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points
This educational activity has been approved in the College's CPD Program. Fellows who participate can claim 1 point per hour (maximum of 6 points) in Category 4 - Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills. For those with a RACS CPD requirement this activity will be automatically uploaded to your record.

Presenters: Professor Marianne Vonau AO,FRACS and Dr Teresa Withers FRACS

Registration: Registrations are now closed. Please contact the Department of Professional Development.

More information: Contact the Department of Professional Development or visit the Rural Health Continuing Education page.

Neurotrauma guidelines
"The management of acute neurotrauma in rural and remote locations: A set of guidelines for the care of head and spinal injuries" has been revised:

  • These guidelines are intended to assist medical practitioners responsible for the initial management of patients with neurotrauma in places remote from specialised services.
  • The outcome from severe head and spinal injury is often determined by the adequacy of initial care from the scene of injury through to definitive care.
  • The guidelines are to be seen as part of a trauma management system, beginning at the accident site and continuing through to definitive care at a regional or state trauma centre.

The guidelines (PDF 1.5 MB) are available from the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia website. Alternatively, purchase a hard copy by sending the completed order form (PDF 39 KB) to the society.

Cancellation policy

In the unlikely event that insufficient registrations are received to make the activity viable, or the date or location of a Professional Development activity is changed, the College takes no responsibility for additional individual costs incurred as a result. Please note that registrations are not confirmed until payment has been processed.

If a participant cancels their place in a workshop the following conditions apply:

  • For cancellations between two and four weeks before the workshop, participants are eligible for a 50% refund.
  • There are no refunds for cancellations less than two weeks before the workshop.
  • However, at the discretion of the Professional Development Manager, registrants may be offered a refund or given the opportunity to transfer to another relevant Professional Development activity.
  • Consideration will be given to circumstances of a medical or compassionate nature.

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This Project has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One which is managed by the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is solely responsible for the content of, and views expressed in any material associated with this Project.


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