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RESP Programs

RESP has been SA’s rural GPs’ centrepiece emergency skills education program for almost 20 years, having been developed specifically for SA’s rural GPs, with their education needs at its heart.

Continuous evolution and expansion of RESP has ensured it remains at the forefront of clinical emergency education for rural GPs, GP obstetricians and GP anaesthetists in SA.

This year, between September 2021 and June 2022, we will be running 12 RESP courses - eight RESP critical care and four procedural - two RESP Obstetrics and two RESP Anaesthetics.  

Eligible rural GPs and rural GP registrars are able to apply for a RESP place through two open application rounds.  One round was completed in September for courses through to January 2022, and the second round is now open until 5pm Monday 17 January 2022 for the March to June 2022 courses.

Check the Program Guidelines for the eligibility and applicant priority processes.

RESP now comprises five key programs:

You can read more about any of these programs using the links.

SA’s regional Local Health Networks, through the Rural Support Service (RSS), fund RDWA to provide the RESP programs to rural GPs. 

Our education partner, LearnEM delivers the RESP from their facility at Hindmarsh. 

Learn EM’s highly-skilled multi-disciplinary education teams consistently deliver great training and education to rural GPs and GP proceduralists.

More than 2,000 GP participants have consistently rated their satisfaction with RESP’s educational content and delivery methods at higher than 9 out of 10 (average 93%.)


RESP Critical Care, Paediatrics, High Risk Emergencies, Obstetrics and Anaesthetics courses are all accredited professional development activities – PDP accredited activity (2020-22) Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and CPD accredited activity, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (40 points).

RESP Program Dates

RESP Critical Care
RESP Critical Care
RESP Critical Care
RESP Paediatrics
RESP Anaesthetics
RESP Obstetrics

Friday 25 & Saturday 26 March 2022
Friday 27 & Saturday 28 May 2022
Friday 24 & Saturday 25 June 2022
Friday 8 & Saturday 9 April 2022
Friday 6 & Saturday 7 May 2022
Friday 10 & Saturday 11 June 2022


Applications for the March to June RESP Critical Care, RESP Obstetrics, RESP Anaesthetics and RESP Paediatrics courses, as well as the GPA Peer Review Program, are open now and close on 5pm Monday 17 January 2022.

Please apply here

We will advertise any places that are not filled through this application round in our weekly eNews and direct emails to rural GPs and rural GP registrars.

If you’d like to receive eNews, please subscribe at www.ruraldoc.com.au/latest-news.


For more information about these RESP Programs please contact:
PH 08 8234 8277
E resp@ruraldoc.com.au