Find external training courses recommended by our medical education team and emergency care of children working group.  There are also emergency care guidelines, tools and skill sheets from the Queensland Paediatric Emergency Care (QPEC) team.


Queensland Health has free courses for staff and contractors on the iLearn website. We recommend the following courses.

  • Neonatal resuscitation (18-PARROT-C)
  • Button battery awareness
  • Trauma informed healthcare

You’ll need to register for a free iLearn account before you can enrol in a course.

Clinical skills development service (CSDS)

There are free and paid online and in person medical training courses on the clinical skills development service (CSDS) website for different health topics including:

  • paediatric intensive care
  • basic and advanced life support
  • nursing and midwifery
  • allied health.

There are also practical skills and simulation training courses for different health conditions.

Recommended courses

  • Queensland trauma education
  • Fundamentals of debriefing

Register and view the courses on the CSDS website. You might need to meet eligibility criteria for some courses. You can check on the CSDS website.

Metro North Hospital and Health Service manages the CSDS. Email if you have questions about the courses or want to book and pay for in person training.

Emergency Triage Education Kit

The Emergency Triage Education Kit (ETEK) is a free learning guideline for nurse educators and emergency care health professionals. It helps you understand the Australasian Triage Scale (ATS) and teaches you how to use it in emergency departments.

It has 12 units including:

  • triage management in paediatrics, mental health and rural or remote settings
  • medico legal issues and communication
  • pain assessments at triage.

The ETEK was created by the federal Department of Health and Aged Care. Learn more and download the kit on the Department's website.

Paediatric Life Support (PLS)

The Paediatric Life Support (PLS) course is a one day practical learning course for health professionals who provide emergency care. It's usually held at your hospital and is specific to your team. It teaches you how to provide basic life support with a focus on airway and cardiac management.

PLS is a paid course provided by Advanced Paediatric Life Support Australia (APLS). Learn more about the costs and how to book on the APLS website

Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) course

The Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) is a 3 day course for doctors, nurses and paramedics. It's more advanced than the PLS and is for health professionals with at least 2 years work experience. It includes learning content on:

  • basic and advanced life support including airway and ventilation support
  • cardiac arrest management and defibrillation
  • diagnosing and treating seriously ill children with shock, injuries and trauma.

The APLS is a paid course provided by Advanced Paediatric Life Support Australia. Learn more about the costs, entrance requirements and how to enrol on the APLS website.

Neonatal resuscitation

The neonatal resuscitation (neoresus) is a specialist paid course by Mater Education. It teaches health professionals how to resuscitate and treat babies and infants including how to:

  • provide airway support and management
  • give emergency medicines
  • provide endotracheal intubation.

Learn more about the costs and upcoming training dates on the Mater Education website.

Sydney Child Health Program (SCHP)

The Sydney Child Health Program (SCHP) is run by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. They offer a 12 month Graduate Diploma in Child Health in partnership with Western Sydney University and other short courses in paediatric medical care.

Find more information about costs, application dates and enrolment on the SCHP website.

Health + Wellbeing Queensland: Clinicians Hub

Health + Wellbeing Queensland has collated resources for clinicians to use when caring for children and adolescents. The resources are focused on maintaining health with the themes of nutrition, physical activity, mental well being, and sleep. You may also choose to partake in some of the ECHO®️ Learning Series ‘Healthy Kids’ learning packages.

Find out more on the Health + Wellbeing Queensland: Clinicians Hub website.

Last updated: December 2023