School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care

Emergency Medicine

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The Discipline of Emergency Medicine was established in 1997 to provide teaching and research support to the Emergency Departments in Perth, Western Australia. 

The uniqueness of Emergency Medicine is defined by its concentration on the first few hours of patient attendance to a medical facility where immediate treatment for a broad spectrum of potentially life threatening illness and injury is required.

Emergency Medicine offers unique educational opportunities that are delivered in a practical and well supervised educational environment. Final year UWA medical students undertake a clinical attachment in Emergency Medicine to learn about critical illness, trauma, toxicology and undifferentiated presentations. Students are able to refine their clinical skills and diagnostic reasoning through day-to-day exposure to real life situations.  

The Discipline of Emergency Medicine also conducts cutting-edge research and offers unique and exciting postgraduate research opportunities in collaboration with the Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital with academics also located at Fremantle and Armadale hospitals. In addition, the Prehospital Resuscitation and Emergency Care Research Unit was developed in 2011 to promote and conduct clinical research in the prehospital resuscitation and emergency care setting. The focus on prehospital and early hospitalisation interventions recognises the critical importance of early intervention to improve patient outcomes.

Our mission

  • To enhance and improve the standard of emergency medical care to the community through education and research.


  • To ensure that health care professionals in Western Australia have current comprehensive knowledge and skills in the management of emergencies.
  • To encourage all those involved in emergency care to participate in scientific research.
  • To encourage collaborations with others involved in emergency medicine at a national and international level.
  • To promote our research within the medical community and increase awareness of emergency medicine as a specialty.

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