Griffith Base Hospital receives funding guaranteeing three years of emergency medical care training

Griffith Base Hospital can now continue with training sessions aimed at improving emergency medical care in Griffith and surrounding areas.

Federal government funding was announced for the next three years, enabling Griffith Base Hospital (GBH) to continue providing Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET).

With two sessions already held this week, the EMET program focuses on improving emergency medical care in Australia.

There is a strong focus on rural and regional areas, such as Griffith and including Hay, Hillston, Lake Cargelligo and Leeton, and is implemented by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).

It provides education, training and supervision to doctors, nurses and emergency care services who are not specifically trained in emergency medical care.

While the funding has been coming on a yearly basis, this is the first year the funding has been announced for the following three years.

To be given funding for the next three years enables us to plan in advance and increase the amount of education we currently provide.

GBH Director of Emergency Medicine Dr Emmanuel Jeyarajah.

GBH Director of Emergency Medicine Dr Emmanuel Jeyarajah was pleased with the announcement of ongoing EMET funding for 2018-2020.

“To be given funding for the next three years enables us to plan in advance and increase the amount of education we currently provide,” Dr Emmanuel said. 

The funds will also enable the hospital to set up regular teaching visits to Hay, Hillston, Lake Cargelligo and Leeton conducted by Specialists in Emergency Medicine (FACEMs).


In 2017, GBH held monthly weekend EMET education sessions in Griffith, in conjunction with a first off-site session held in Leeton, which Dr Emmanuel said was a great success.

“These education sessions have been attended by a large number of doctors from surrounding areas with great feedback from all who have attended,” Dr Jeyarajah said.

Topics this year included Respiratory Emergencies, Cardiac Emergencies, Bedside Ultrasound, Management of Difficult Airways and an upcoming session on Paediatric Emergencies.

Dr Hansel Addae-Bosomprah presented the session on Monday, and said it’s a great way for medical practitioners to increase their knowledge.

“We are sharing the sort of knowledge provided in tertiary centres, and getting the doctors locally to add on to the things they normally do very well, to do them better,” Dr Hansel said.

“We are teaching some of the current guidelines present in managing emergencies and children.”

For more information on the 2018 EMET program, contact EMET Program Support Officer Annette Boldiston on 6969 5718.