EMAC Course

The simulation-based Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises (EMAC) course provides training in the management of anaesthetic emergencies. 


It consists of five modules run over two and a half days covering the topics of human factors, airway management, cardiovascular emergencies, anaesthetic emergencies and trauma management. The course is delivered in ANZCA-accredited centres in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Wellington, Auckland and Hong Kong.


The course is a valuable educational opportunity and a requirement of the ANZCA training program. The course may be undertaken at any time after the completion of introductory training. However, due to the focus on crisis management, we believe that trainees who have completed at least 12-18 months of anaesthesia training are most likely to benefit from participation in the course.

It is strongly recommended that trainees attend the EMAC course prior to commencing provisional fellowship training. ANZCA trainees should note, however, that they will not be provided with opportunities to complete workplace-based assessments during the course.

Participants of the ANZCA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program are eligible to claim credits under the emergency response category for CICO and cardiac arrest activities.

EMAC Course Participants manual

The EMAC Course Participants manual is now available to all ANZCA Fellows, Trainees and SIMGs it can be accessed here. (ANZCA login required).


EMAC course handbook

Detailed information on the accreditation standards for simulation centres and the various EMAC course roles can be found in the EMAC course handbook


EMAC course governance

The EMAC Course Subcommittee is responsible for oversight of EMAC course delivery, including the accreditation of centres, appointment of instructors, and revision of course content.

The Supervisors of EMAC Network provides a forum for the Subcommittee and the Supervisors of EMAC to collaborate, share, discuss and advise on challenges faced relating to EMAC Course delivery. 


EMAC course locations

For EMAC course dates, please search the ANZCA Event Calendar. Please contact individual centres for bookings and inquiries. Centre contact details are provided below.


New South Wales Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre
Phone: +61 2 9926 4646
Email:Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre
 Queensland Clinical Skills Development Centre
Phone: +61 7 3646 6500
Email:Clinical Skills Development Centre
Epworth HealthCare, Clinical Education and Simulation Centre
Phone: +613 9426 8620
Fax: +613 9928 400
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
Phone: +61 3 9288 2900
Email:St Vincents Hospital
 Western Australia         Perth Children's Hospital, Education Centre
Phone: +61 8 6456 1211
Email: SimulationTeam.PCH@health.wa.gov.au
 Auckland, New  Zealand
Simulation Centre for Patient Safety, Tamaki Innovation Campus, University of Auckland
Kathy Bos
Phone:  +64 9 923 3122 or +64 9 373 7599 ext 83122
 Wellington, New  Zealand Wellington Regional Centre for Simulation & Skills Education
Phone: +64 4 385 5887
Email: National Patient Simulation Training Centre
 Hong Kong
HKCA Institute of Clinical Simulation
Phone: + 852 2683 8343


Becoming an EMAC course instructor


There are three EMAC course instructor roles:

  • Full EMAC instructor.

  • Assistant EMAC instructor.

  • Associate EMAC instructor.

For information on the appointment and duties of each instructor role, please refer to the EMAC course handbook. Application forms can be downloaded from the links below. Please submit your completed application and supporting documentation to the Supervisor of EMAC at the centre you intend to instruct at.

Following review of your application, the Supervisor of EMAC will submit a recommendation regarding your appointment as an instructor to the Subcommittee for approval. Recommendations are considered by the Subcommittee quarterly.


EMAC course instructors are required to have completed an approved simulation instructor course. Please see below of a list of pre-approved courses.

Pre-approved simulation instructor courses

The simulation instructor courses below have been pre-approved by the EMAC Course Subcommittee as suitable for those wishing to apply to become an EMAC course instructor. Please contact centres directly for course dates and further information.

Centres interested in submitting their instructor courses for inclusion in the pre-approved list should contact emac@anzca.edu.au for information about the approval process.

 New South Wales
Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre
Instructor Course
 Queensland Clinical Skills Development Service
EMAC Instructor's Course
Alfred Health, Australian Centre for Health Innovation
Simulation-Based Training Instructor Course
 Western Australia Sir Charles Gardner Hospital
Simulation Instructor Modular Advanced Course (SIMAC)

Western Australian Department of Health
SimStart - Simulation Instructors Course
 New Zealand, Auckland NetworkZ, Auckland City Hospital
Instructor Training Course
 New Zealand, Wellington
National Patient Simulation Training Centre, Wellington Hospital
New Zealand Simulation Instructors Course 
 Boston, MA, USA Center for Medical Simulation (CMS)
Comprehensive Instructor Workshop (5 days, Boston)

Institute for Medical Simulation (IMS)
Simulation as a Teaching Tool (4 days, offered internationally at various host sites including Mater Hospital, Brisbane)


Accreditation of centres to deliver the EMAC course

ANZCA accredits simulation centres across Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia, to offer the EMAC course.

Information on the accreditation standards and requirements for centres seeking to offer the EMAC course are defined in the EMAC Course Handbook.


EMAC course licence fee

The annual EMAC Course licence fee will be confirmed on an annual basis following the November Council meeting. An invoice will be sent to all simulation centres following this meeting.

A reminder will be sent for all unpaid invoices by January 30 annually.

Any unpaid invoice by March 31 may result in loss of accreditation until full payment is received.

For enquiries, please contact emac@anzca.edu.au

Further information and contact

For enquiries and further information on the EMAC course please refer to the EMAC course handbook or contact emac@anzca.edu.au.

Copyright © Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.