Important information about COVID-19

We recognise that completion of EMAC is a requirement of the ANZCA training program as well as a number of other assessment pathways, including Specialist International Medical Graduates applying for FANZCA and GP Anaesthetists. We will be prioritising these applicants to their preferred course date.

Please contact the SCSSC if you require EMAC to complete your training / assessment requirements in 2020 so we can assist in reserving a priority position on a future EMAC course. We can also contact you directly when course bookings resume.

Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises (EMAC)

Clinical Training


Target Audience

Anaesthetists (Specialist, GP and non-specialist) and anaesthetic registrars.



  • Must be in at least second year of accredited training in Anaesthetics.


  • Completion of primary exam (if ANZCA trainee)

Course Coordinator

Dr Adam Rehak


2 1/2 days




January 30 - February 1, 2020

March 5-7, 2020 

April 2-4, 2020

May 7-9, 2020

June 10-12, 2020

July 9-11, 2020

August 13 -15, 2020

September 24-26, 2020

November 5-7, 2020

December 10-12, 2020

Maximum Participants


Course Description

The Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises (EMAC) course addresses clinical and non-clinical skills relevant to the effective management of anaesthetic emergencies. 


Specific Objectives

  • Understand medical error and adverse events.

  • Undertake risk assessment, exercise judgement and formulate plans, which optimise patient safety.

  • Respond rapidly in an emergency and apply systematic principles of emergency management.

  • Develop competency in procedures including: direct and indirect intubation techniques; emergency surgical airway; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; cardioversion.

  • Work effectively within a team and as a team leader.



The course is presented as five modules over 2.5 days:

  1. Human factors

  2. Airway emergencies

  3. Cardiovascular emergencies

  4. Anaesthesia emergencies

  5. Trauma


Training Methods

  • Procedural skills training

  • Integrated procedural skills training (Clinical)

  • Problem-based learning

  • Anaesthesia

  • Pause and discuss scenarios

  • Immersive Scenarios & reflective debriefing


Training Technologies

  • Task trainers

  • Video replay and discussion

  • High and medium fidelity manikin simulators

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Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre

Level 6 Kolling Building,

Royal North Shore Hospital

Reserve Rd, St Leonards, NSW 2065.

Tel: +61 (2) 9926 4620

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