RESP Critical Care

RDWA Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP)

Resuscitation training for Rural Practitioners


RDWA Rural Emergency Skills Program

The Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) provides essential rural emergency skills training to eligible rural GPs/RGs and GP registrars. Workshops are delivered by LearnEM at their facility in Hindmarsh, Adelaide.

RDWA is funded by South Australia’s regional LHNs to deliver RESP which counts toward continuing professional education and hospital credentialling for doctors. Courses are offered at different times throughout the year to ensure access to training is maintained.

Training courses available:

  • RESP Critical Care

  • RESP Paediatrics

  • RESP Anaesthetics

  • RESP Obstetrics

  • Foetal Surveillance Education Program (FSEP)

RDWA's RESP courses are available at no cost to eligible rural GPs/RGs and GP registrars.


To be eligible to apply to attend a RESP course, you must be:

  • a rural GP/RG or rural GP registrar

  • actively participating in the local public hospital on-call roster for emergency, obstetrics or anaesthetics.

Course components include: Pre-workshop online learning modules and a two-day skills and simulation workshop. The courses meet the respective competency requirements for clinical privileging for the SA Department of Health


First read the guidelines to understand the individual course eligibility criteria, then complete the online application form.

Apply for a RESP Workshop

Guidelines for eligibility

Please Note

The LearnEM "CRASH - Critical Care" and "CRASH - Paediatrics" workshops are identical to the RESP Critical Care and RESP Paediatrics respectively and have the same CPD accreditation and SA Health Credentialling status. The CRASH workshops provide an alternative for participants not meeting the RDWA eligibility.

RACGP Accredited Activity
Australian College for Rural and Remote Medicine

RESP Pre-Learning

Links to the Pre-learning for each of the RESP Courses are shown below.

You can view an outline of the course pre-learning by selecting the "i" icon to the right side of the title bar.