Emergency Department


Modbury On-Line is the website for the Department of Emergency Medicine. The site provides access to the Department’s Training resources, Teaching roster, Orientation program, Clinical guidelines, Medical Roster, Memos and Newsletters. Confidential information such as staff rosters and internal memos are accessed from the ED Lounge webpage. Access to the ED Lounge is restricted to ED Staff.

ASUM Accredited Ultrasound Training

From July 2014 medical staff working in the Modbury ED have the opportunity to complete  CCPU accreditation in the eFAST examination and ultrasound examination for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. Cost : Individual Workshop $495 | Individual case review (for CCPU accreditation) $330 per 10 cases.

The training involves completing the on-line pre-learning component, attending the ASUM accredited workshop (delivered onsite at Modbury) and completing the post training requirements for CCPU accreditation (ie completing the required number of individual US cases).

Pre-Learning for the eFAST Workshop (Access restricted)

Deteriorating Patient

The Deteriorating Patient program is a new initiative for identifying patients before their condition becomes so serious a MET team or Code Blue call is triggered. It is an early warning system that uses mild to moderate changes in a patient’s vital signs to flag the patient at high risk for clinical deterioration in their condition and likely to benefit from more frequent observation and in more significant cases urgent medical review, investigation and treatment. The ED has prepared an on-line program to educate staff in the principles of Deterioration. The program is delivered on the LearnEM moodle website and requires a user account to access. Find out more / Instructions for accessing teaching

ED Teaching Model

Beginning in 2013 ED Teaching Program was changed from the traditional tutorial based program to a Curriculum Based Program and ED Grand Round. Read more about the New Teaching Program for ED (Memo)

Curriculum Based Training : The Curriculum Based Training Program provides blended teaching model incorporating on-line learning and clinical skill workshops to Interns, RMOs, SMPs and Registrars built around the individual learning needs of each group. The program follows best practice in relation to Adult Education utilising a problem solving approach and practical skills training.

ED Grand Round : The ED Grand Round provides a two hour education and learning forum for all staff (medical and nursing) once a week and incorporates Clinical Governance (including results of case audits), Radiology teaching, Case Presentations, Morbidity and Mortality Audits, Quality Improvement projects and presentations on recently published research.

Mentoring Program

Mentoring is a relationship, which gives people the opportunity to share their professional and personal skills and experiences and to grow and develop in the process. During 2014 the Emergency Department will introduce a structured mentoring program to nursing and medical staff. The aim will be to provide staff with support and the opportunity to develop professionally and extend their skills. The program will be rolled out from July 2014 beginning with education of facilitators and discussion on the implementation of the program in the ED. Program Coordinators are Peter Stuart, Omar Noori and Katrina Anderson.

Emergency Medicine Certificate

The ED is certified by the Australian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) for supervision of the Medical Officers undertaking postgraduate training for the Emergency Medicine Certificate (EMC) and Diploma of Emergency Medicine (DipEM). During 2012 – 2013 a total of 12 staff completed their training in either the EMC or EMD. Modbury Hospital is the first site in South Australia for graduates to have completed the EMC and the first site in Australia for a graduate to have completed the EMD. Find out more


The Emergency Medicine Education and Training program (EMET) is a National program funded by a Commonwealth grant to the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine for the development of teaching and training opportunities for staff working in Emergency Departments with minimal or no consultant support in Emergency Medicine. Two regions in South Australia are involved in the program : Berri and the Riverland Region and Mt Gambier and the South East Region supported by the Emergency Department at Modbury. Find out more

EDGE eLearning

The Emergency Medicine on the EDGE course is an eLearning resource designed to introduce principles of emergency medicine to medical officers, nurses and students attached to the Emergency Department. The Course comprises 40 hours of e-learning delivered using an interactive approach that incorporates adult learning principles including formative and summative assessment. The course covers a broad range of emergency topics including acute chest pain, headache, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, altered conscious state, seizures, acute poisoning, first trimester bleeding, wound management and wound closure, major trauma, orthopaedic injury, eye and ENT emergencies, paediatric emergencies, mental health emergencies, ECG and ABG interpretation. Find out more.

RMO Training Program (Foundations)

The “Foundations” program has been developed to provide cores skills in Emergency Medicine to RMOs and Registrars beginning their training in Emergency Medicine or Rural Practice. The program is a blended teaching program (ie combining eLearning + Practical Skills Workshop) and builds on the topics and training provided in the Intern (EDGE) program. Go to Foundations Pre-Learning

Topics include Advanced, Airway, ECG Interpretation, Emergency Radiology, Arterial Blood Gases and Common ED procedures. Find out More

Accreditation Workshop Program

The Accreditation Workshop program comprises a series of clinical skill workshops and on-line teaching for Senior Medical Practitioners (SMPs), ACEM Registrars and Emergency Consultants.

Pre-learning for Minor Trauma (July 2014)
Pre-learning for Procedural Sedation (Aug/Sept 2014)
Pre-learning for Airway Workshop (Oct/Nov 2014)

The topics cover a wide range of clinical skills including Cardiopulmonary Life Support (yearly update), Advanced Airway Management, Assisted Ventilation, ECG Interpretation, Management of Cardiac Arrhythmias, Procedural sedation, Deteriorating patient, Procedural Sedation, Emergency Paediatrics and Major Trauma. Find out more

Medical Student Program

The Medical Student program runs from January to November and provides 6 week rotations to students in their VI year of training with the University of Adelaide Medical School. During the 6 weeks students are rostered to work 3 clinical shifts / week over a 7 day roster working in both the resuscitation/critical care area of the ED and with the Fast track/Rapid Assessment team. During the attachment students undertake a Student project focusing on a single presentation and examining this from an educational, research, clinical practice and quality assurance perspective. The results of their work are presented to ED staff in the final week of their attachment. Find out more.