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Critical Care Courses

Frankston ICU offers a range of courses, including the Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) and Beyond BASIC courses.



The BASIC course is designed to prepare participants for the assessment and management of the seriously ill patient in the acute environment. It is aimed at junior doctors with minimal ICU experience, senior ICU nurses, and trainees in medicine, surgery, or emergency medicine.

Topics covered include assessment of a seriously ill patient, airway obstruction and management, the basics of mechanical ventilation, basic haemodynamic monitoring, transport of the critically ill patient, and management of sepsis and septic shock.

The BASIC course is offered four times a year. In 2017, BASIC will be offered on the following dates:


  • February 13th – 14th (Allocation Exhausted)
  • May 8th – 9th
  • August 7th – 8th
  • November 13th -14th

To register please click the links above and complete the attached form. Registrations close two weeks prior to course commencement. 

More information about the BASIC course can be found here



Beyond BASIC is a series of stand-alone courses aimed at advanced trainees in intensive care, or as refresher courses for experienced Intensivists.

The Beyond BASIC Mechanical Ventilation course is offered at Frankston ICU, and covers applied respiratory physiology, advanced airway management, ventilator settings and modes of mechanical ventilation, as well as weaning and non-invasive ventilation.

More information about this course can be found here.

Please contact Karen Bean (KBean@phcn.vic.gov.au) for further information about the Beyond BASIC course, or to express an interest in attending this course at Frankston Hospital.

The next Beyond BASIC mechanical ventilation course will be held on the 17th and 18th of July, 2017. Please download the course brochure by clicking on this link for more information.


BASIC for Nurses

This course aims to provide an introduction to Intensive Care Nursing for novice ICU nurses as well as those working in critical care areas such as ED, CCU and Recovery. Ward nurses with an interest in critical care are also welcomed. There is a strong focus on the practical needs of the novice ICU nurse, with theoretical aspects limited to those issues that are directly relevant to an understanding of clinical practice.

Topics covered include: basic nursing assessment of the critically ill, cardiac and respiratory physiology, acute respiratory failure, airway management and mechanical ventilation, Non-invasive ventilation, neurological assessment, communication, arterial blood gases, basic haemodynamic monitoring and basic life support.  

This course is offered four times a year. In 2017, BASIC for Nurses will be offered on the following dates:


To register for these courses, please click on the links above and complete the attached form. Registrations close two weeks prior to course commencement.


BASIC for Nurses Instructors’ training

In addition to the BASIC for Nurses course, Frankston Hospital ICU provides training for instructors of this course. In 2017, this course will be held on the following dates:

For further information or to register for these courses, please click on the links above and complete the attached registration form. 


Critical STEPS Course

Intensivist Dr Ashwin Subramaniam leads the Critical STEPS course, a hands-on procedural skills and simulation course targeted at doctors of all specialities. 

For more information or to register, please visit the course website at www.criticalsteps.org 


Responding Appropriately to Patients In Deterioration (RAPID) Simulation CourseRAPID logo

The RAPID course is designed for all clinicians (medical and nursing) and covers the common reasons that patients deteriorate and measures that may be taken to identify the early warning signs of patient deterioration, with a focus on simulation.

4 courses will be run each year, with each course running for 9 weeks. Places are capped at 20 participants due to the hands-on nature of this course.

Details of the RAPID course for 2017 are currently being finalised. Please check back regularly for more information.