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Rural Emergency Skills Program

The Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP) provides essential rural emergency skills training to eligible rural GPs/RGs and GP registrars.

RDWA is funded by South Australia’s regional LHNs to deliver RESP which counts toward continuing professional education and hospital credentialling for doctors. Courses are offered at different times throughout the year to ensure access to training is maintained.

Training courses available:

  • RESP Critical Care
  • RESP Paediatrics
  • RESP Anaesthetics
  • RESP Obstetrics
  • Foetal Surveillance Education Program (FSEP)

RDWA's RESP courses are available at no cost to eligible rural GPs/RGs and GP registrars.

Workshops are delivered by LearnEM at their facility in Hindmarsh, Adelaide. You can apply for travel support if you live in rural South Australia. See CPD Travel Subsidy for more details.

Applications are currently closed. Please contact us for more information.

Doctors might also be eligible for the Australian Government’s Rural Procedural Grants Program.


To be eligible to apply for a funded place in a RESP course, you must be:

  • a rural GP/RG or rural GP registrar
  • actively participating in the local public hospital on-call roster for emergency, obstetrics or anaesthetics.

Course fees will be paid by RDWA on the basis that all course components are completed. Course components include:

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

Each course has individual eligibility criteria, please read the Program Guidelines to determine if you are eligible to apply.

If there are more applications than places available, eligible applicants will be offered a place on a course later in 2024.


RESP courses are accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACCRM).


First read the guidelines to understand the individual course eligibility criteria, then complete the online application form.



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