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
They will also learn to perform, through demonstration and
practice on human cadaveric material:
- a burr-hole procedure with Hudson Brace
- tap-shunt procedure.
Key learning outcomes
- To understand the treatment for acute neurotrauma in the rural
- To be able to decompress a patient with a rapidly expanding
- 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
Location and date:
24 September 2015 - Cairns, QLD,
A$300.00 (members of the College)
A$375.00 (non members of the College)
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
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
More information: Contact the Department of Professional Development or
visit the Rural Health
Continuing Education page.
"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.
(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.
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
- 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
- Consideration will be given to circumstances of a medical or
Privacy: Professional Development events may be
photographed for promotional purposes. If you do not wish for your
image to be published, please contact the Department of Professional Development. Also
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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