JDocs: Emergency Airways


CTEC’s JDocs: Emergency Airways workshop is aimed at developing the skills and knowledge of pre-vocational doctors in dealing with the establishment of an airway by means of a surgical approach. It is designed to enhance knowledge and confidence in often challenging emergency procedures deployed when attempts at a basic airway have failed in the clinical setting. This workshop was previously titled JDocs: Surgical Airways and Wound Management. This workshop is of particular relevance for junior doctors interested in specialising in emergency medicine.

Suitable for: Junior Doctors - Interns, House Medical Officers, Resident Medical Officers and Service Registrars with an interest in emergency medicine


Sold out (doctor)
Friday, 29 November 2019
Available (doctor)
Friday, 15 May 2020
Available (doctor)
Friday, 20 November 2020



This one-day hands-on workshop features practical stations including anatomical landmarks, didactic sessions and case studies and discussions.  Hands-on sessions are guided by expert faculty and focus on the incisions and percutaneous insertions involved in a surgical airway.

The workshop features content covering relevant criteria from The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ JDocs framework. It is specifically designed to meet the essential surgical skills required to apply for specialty training.


Workshop Content

Participants will rotate through a number of interactive Animal Tissue and Model Practical Sessions and Presentations.

Chest Drains: Placement and Management:

  • Intercostal tube insertion, suturing and drainage
  • Thoracentesis
  • Needle decompression for tension pneumothorax

Airway Management: 

  • Oxygen delivery and bag mask delivery
  • Airway basics and scoping
  • Jet insufflation and surgical airway techniques

Surgical Airways: Cricothyroidotomy and Tracheostomy:

  • Anatomy landmarks and surgical cricothyroidotomy
  • Percutaneous tracheostomy
  • Tracheostomy troubleshooting


  • Anatomy of airways: General Surgeon
  • Ward emergency airway manouevres: Anaesthetist
  • Chest drain replacement: Emergency Physician
  • Surgical cricothyroidotomy: ENT Surgeon
  • Physiology of oxygenation/ventilation: Intensivist

Workshop Inclusions

  • Practical sessions featuring RACS certified techniques
  • Practical sessions with animal tissue
  • Didactic sessions
  • All meals and refreshments
  • Limited places to maximise practical learning time



WA Participant: $725
Non-WA Participant:  $900


CTEC Terms & Conditions

Workshop content, date and convenors may be subject to change or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances.







This educational activity is RACS accredited and contributes towards the JDocs e-Portfolio record of clinical experience, achievements and assessments.
This educational activity has been accredited by ACEM for 8 CPD hours.


"The Faculty were amazing, gave a lot of real life experience and tips and tricks."
"Practising on simulated models definitely helps with my confidence in performing such procedures on patients. "
"I never would have had the opportunity to learn and practise these skills in a safe, controlled environment if it weren't for this course."
- 2019 Workshop Participants


The University of Western Australia
Entrance No.2
Hackett Drive, Crawley
Perth, Western Australia

For more information contact

John Linehan
Senior Course Co-ordinator
T +61 8 6488 8049

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