RPH doctors join in race to save 'lives' at Rottnest

September 28, 2016

The beaches and tourist hotspots on Rottnest Island were the backdrop for a series of medical emergencies recently, including a near drowning, a snake bite, a stroke and a potential spinal injury. 

Fortunately, they were only simulated emergencies and 30 junior doctors and medical students were on hand, including three interns and junior doctors from Royal Perth Hospital, to ensure the ‘casualties’ were given the best treatment possible.

The unique two-day event involved six teams of junior doctors and medical students performing a range of simulated emergency scenarios around the island in an ‘Amazing Race’ style’ to help tomorrow’s doctors think ‘outside the square’ when faced with emergency situations in non-hospital settings. 

As they raced to the finish participants didn’t know what medical emergency was coming, or when, but they had to be ready to swing into action, work as a team and save ‘lives’. 
 
RPH intern Dr Alice McGushin said Rotto Ramble was lots of fun but quite challenging. 
 
“We had to be very resourceful in terms of medical and emergency skills, as well as navigating our way around the island,” Alice said. 
 
“The teamwork aspect was also very important, with everyone needing to participate and communicate well.” 
 
The event gave junior doctors and medical students the opportunity to become team leaders and develop their emergency medicine and communication skills, whilst working under the supervision of highly experienced practitioners who have worked in rural and remote regions and have expertise in wilderness medicine training.