Cardiorespiratory Acute Skills in Hospitals (CRASH)

  • Would you like to improve your acute cardiorespiratory skills in clinical reasoning, treatment and recognition of the deteriorating patient?
  • Are you preparing to work acute weekends or want to build your confidence further?

The CRASH Course is designed for physiotherapists working in the acute hospital ward setting to develop cardiorespiratory skills.  It is not an ICU course.

Who should attend?

Registered physiotherapists who are new graduates or new to the field of cardiorespiratory.

About the program

The program involves both theroretical and practical components. 

Theoretical component

This involves a comprehensive self-learning package delivered in an interactive multi-media online format. The content is essential preparation for the practical component.

Participants should allow at least 8 hours to complete the e-learning package.

Content includes:

  • Analgesia
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Chest X-ray Interpretation
  • Assessment of Cough
  • Acute Exacerbation of COPD
  • Blunt Chest Trauma
  • The Surgical Patient (specifically thoracic, cardiac and abdominal surgery)
  • Tracheostomy Management

Practical component

This involves face-to-face attendance at a full day program with expert facilitators including:

  • Management of Acute Exacerbation of COPD patients and airway clearance in this population
  • Management of the postoperative thoracic, cardiac and abdominal surgical patients
  • Management of blunt chest wall trauma patients
  • Recognition of deterioration in the above patient populations
  • Physiotherapy management of the tracheostomised ward patient

Date and time

Monday 26 February 2024

8.00am to 4.30pm 


Austin Health Education Precinct
Austin Hospital
145 Studley Road
Heidelberg, Victoria 

View location map 



How to book

You can book your place in the course on our TryBooking page. 

Registrations open 12 January 2024 and close 2 February 2024, or earlier if course is full.

Contact us

Physiotherapy Department


Phone: 03 9496 3070

Download as flyer

You can also download the information from this page as a flyer.