During training, all registrars need to complete approved courses in both basic and advanced life support (BLS/ALS).  The RACGP requires that the Basic life Support course be updated yearly and a current certificate is a requirement to sit the exam. The ALS needs to be completed before finishing training but does not need to be done prior to undertaking fellowship exams. An approved ALS course must include:

  • Basic CPR
  • Management of airway using bag and mask, and inserted airway (eg. Guedel’s or nasopharyngeal) including knowledge of use of suction and MacGill’s forceps to clear airway
  • Stabilisation of neck using stiff collars
  • Defibrillation

Therefore, an ALS may qualify for both BLS and ALS components. Registrars can complete these through the workshop program or as outside courses in which case they need to meet the RACGP requirements.

ALS/BLS Requirements

During training all registrars need to complete approved courses in both basic and advanced life support (BLS/ALS).  The RACGP requires that the Basic life Support course be updated yearly and a current certificate is a requirement to sit the exam. The ALS needs to be completed before finishing training but does not need to be done prior to undertaking fellowship exams. An approved ALS course must include:

  • Basic CPR
  • Management of airway using bag and mask, and inserted airway (eg. Guedel’s or nasopharyngeal) including knowledge of use of suction and MacGill’s forceps to clear airway
  • Stabilisation of neck using stiff collars
  • Defibrillation

Therefore, an ALS may qualify for both BLS and ALS components. Registrars can complete these through the workshop program or as outside courses in which case they need to meet the RACGP requirements.

RACGP assessments

The RACGP exams consist of three components. The written parts are the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) which is a multiple choice paper and the Key Feature Problems (KFP) test which is a short answer test of clinical reasoning. The third part is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

Many registrars will form a study group at least six and preferably twelve months before they sit the exam.  In addition, there are pre-exam preparation course run by the RACGP and EV runs a trial OSCE twice a year. Many supervisors in practice will spend some of the teaching time helping their registrar prepare for the exams.

For further information on RACGP Assessments, visit their website here.

ACRRM assessments

For information on ACRRM assessments visit their website here.