Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST)

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Course Schedules 


It is important to note that the EMST course is not a mandatory eligibility requirement for selection to the SET program, but is required to be undertaken during SET. Preference for courses is given to surgical trainees, followed by the EMST waiting list in order of date of application.

Please note to apply to the EMST waiting list you must be a medical graduate.  Places will only be offered to doctors post-graduate year 2+.

Equivalent courses

The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course, accredited by the American College of Surgeons, is considered equivalent to EMST.  Further information can be found on the ATLS website.

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Waiting time

Generally, applicants will wait approximately 18 months to be offered a course place. Throughout the year, some course places may become vacanct and applicants on the waiting list (in accordance with their original date of application and post-graduate year 2+) will be contacted by the Skills Training Office and offered these course places.

Australian waiting list registration

Australian-based doctors, please click here to register.  You will receive an email of confirmation within 5 days of registering.

New Zealand waiting list registration

New Zealand-based doctors, please click here to register. You will receive an email of confirmation within 5 days of registering. 



Provider course $2870 (including GST)

Refresher course $1840 (including GST)

In Australia, the EMST course is an approved course under the tax system. This exempts surgical Trainees of the College from having 10% GST levied on their course fees. Australian fees for all other EMST course participants are subject to 10% GST.

New Zealand

Provider course $3810 (including GST)

Refresher course $2760 (including GST)

Courses conducted in New Zealand will be invoiced in NZ dollars, regardless of residential country of applicant.

Transfer fee

If you request transfer to an alternative course, a transfer fee to cover relevant administrative costs will be payable, regardless of whether the course invoice has been raised and/or paid at the time the request is made.

If the request is made ten or less weeks before the course start date, the cancellation policy will also apply.  In this instance, in addition to the initial course fee that has been paid, you will then be required to pay the following:


  • Half of the fee for the course to which you are transferring (if request made between six and ten weeks before the course)
  • The entire fee for the course to which you are transferring (if request made less than six weeks before course)


  • The transfer fee

In 2014, the course transfer fee is AU$195 (incl. GST) and NZ$255 (incl. GST).

Cancellation policy

For cancellations less than ten weeks before the course, participants receive a 50% refund.  There are no refunds for cancellations less than six weeks before the course.

This policy also applies should you elect to transfer to another course within this time frame, as outlined under 'Transfer fee'.

2014 course schedule

View the 2014 EMST courses - Australia schedule (PDF 66KB).

View the 2014 EMST provider courses - New Zealand schedule (PDF 40KB).

2015 course schedule

View the 2015 EMST course schedule (PDF 48KB).


Australia emst@surgeons.org

New Zealand emst.nz@surgeons.org

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