Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST)


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Course overview

For information about the content of the course please visit EMST overview.


It is important to note that the EMST course is not a mandatory eligibility requirement for selection to the SET program, but is required to be undertaken during SET. Priority for courses is given to surgical trainees.

Please note to attend EMST you must be a medical graduate.  Places will only be available to doctors post-graduate year 2+.

You must be eligible at the time of enrolment.

Equivalent courses

The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course, accredited by the American College of Surgeons, is considered equivalent to EMST.  Further information can be found on the ATLS website.


For information about how to enrol in a course please visit EMST online enrolments.


2017: Australia

  • Provider course - $3,260.00 (incl. GST)
  • Refresher course - $2,085.00 (incl. GST)

2017: New Zealand

  • Provider course - $3,715.00 (incl. GST)
  • Refresher course - $2,375.00 (incl. GST)

In Australia, the EMST course is an approved course under the tax system. This exempts surgical Trainees of the College from having 10% GST levied on their course fees. Australian fees for all other EMST course participants are subject to 10% GST.

Courses conducted in New Zealand will be invoiced in NZ dollars, regardless of residential country of applicant.

Cancellation policy


  • Cancellations of more than 10 weeks prior to course: 90% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 10 weeks prior to course: 50% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 6 weeks prior to course: No refund of course fee

This policy also applies should you elect to enrol in an alternative course within this time frame.

Course schedule

EMST courses are held on various dates and locations across Australia and New Zealand:

2017 EMST Course Schedule (PDF 168KB)

Please note: EMST provider courses are run using three different types of simulation models to teach life-saving surgical skills. If you wish to know more information about which simulation model is used at particular courses please refer to the above schedule.


For information about course governance please visit EMST Committee.


Australia: emst@surgeons.org

New Zealand: emst.nz@surgeons.org

International: Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS)®