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Rural Emergency Skills Program

Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) courses are part of SA’s RG essential skills kit – delivering emergency skills training to eligible rural GPs/RGs and GP registrars for 20 years.

RDWA is funded by South Australia’s Regional LHNs to deliver RESP to support continuing medical education and hospital credentialling. Courses are available at no cost to eligible RGs, rural GPs and registrars.


Courses are run throughout the year ensuring timely access to training, and are delivered by our educational partner, LearnEM at their facility in Hindmarsh, Adelaide.

Participants complete 24 hours of learning, comprising:

  • pre-workshop online learning modules
  • two-day workshop completed at LearnEM
  • post-workshop learning modules and assessments
  • evaluation

You can apply for travel support if you live in rural South Australia.

All RESP courses are fully accredited by RACGP and ACRRM. See the Educational Outcomes & Accreditation link in the course details below for individual accreditation information for each course.

With the completion of RESP, doctors might be eligible for the Australian Government’s Rural Procedural Grants Program.



In addition to RESP courses, RDWA also offers access to Foetal Surveillance Education Program (FSEP) delivered by RANZCOG annually in a course open for RGs, rural GPs and registrars providing obstetrics and/or shared care.


To be eligible for a funded place in a RESP course, you must be an RG, rural GP or GP registrar who is actively participating in the local public hospital on-call roster for emergency, obstetrics or anaesthetics.

To apply for RESP Critical Care, you must be actively participating in the local public hospital on call roster for emergency.

To apply for RESP Paediatrics, you must have previously completed a RESP Critical Care course, and be actively participating in the local public hospital on call roster for emergency.

To apply for RESP Anaesthetics Course, you must be a credentialled and practising RG Anaesthetist.

To apply for RESP Obstetrics, you must be a credentialled and practising RG Obstetrician (complicated or non-complicated).

You must complete all components of the RESP course, or you will be charged a course fee of $2,500 plus GST. You will be provided full details when offered a place.


Applications will be open throughout the year and will be advertised by direct email to all RGs, GPs and registrars on our email list, and promoted in RDWA News.


Kellie Burrough, Manager GP / RG Retention.
Phone: 08 8234 8277
Email: resp@ruraldoc.com.au