an APLS instructor
an overseas doctor/nurse interested in becoming a candidate
interested in setting up my own international project
How do I become an APLS International instructor?
How do I join the APLS International Committee?
I'd like to set up an overseas course or my own international project. Can APLS International help?
Where do I find the APLS International application forms?
Are international courses the same as APLS courses in Australia?
Are there any other resources for teaching overseas?
If you have at least five years’ experience as an APLS Provider instructor AND you are a GIC instructor OR have relevant international teaching skills or other specific relevant attributes such as languages, cultural attachments and similar, you can apply to become an APLS international instructor.
In addition you should understand the demands that travel and work in developing countries requires, should be a self-starter, should be flexible, work well in a team and be able to ensure you can provide for your own health needs.
All you need to do is download and complete the Application For Consideration As International Instructor form and return it to the APLS International Committee, c/o APLS Office, via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your application will be considered by the APLS International Committee at their next meeting and you will be informed of the outcome of your application.
If successful you will be placed on the list of international instructors which is then given to course directors when they are planning overseas courses. If a course director would like to invite you to join their team, they will contact you directly.
From time to time members of the International Committee resign their membership and the vacancy is then opened up to the general APLS membership.
If you are particularly interested in joining the committee you can let the committee know by contacting them through the APLS office at email@example.com, so that when a vacancy opens up, they are aware that you are interested.
Yes, APLS International can help you through all the stages of planning an overseas course. You can contact the International Committee any time via the APLS office at firstname.lastname@example.org for any advice.
Start by reading this excellent article by Dr Setthy Ung: How to start an APLS international project (and hopefully succeed).
As part of your initial planning, you may want your identified local champion to apply for the PED scholarship so that they can come out to Australia and attend an APLS Provider +/- Instructor course to confirm that they really do want to introduce this course to their country.
Once your plans are firm you can then download and complete an Overseas Project Application and send it to the APLS International Committee via the APLS office at email@example.com. On this form you will include details of any support you may require from APLS including any help with equipment or finances eg support to send a coordinator to the initial course to train the local designated co-ordinator.
The International Committee will then consider your application looking at whether the project is safe, worthwhile, feasible and sustainable and, if your application is successful, make a recommendation to the APLS Board for your project to become an APLS supported project. You will then be notified of the result and APLS International will help and support you to get your project off the ground.
All the APLS International application forms are located in the Course Materials & Instructor Resources area.
Basically, yes, international courses are the same as APLS courses in Australia. There are sometimes some minor modifications to make the course more realistic and applicable to the local country eg modifying some scenarios to include more locally relevant medical presentations.
You can explore the Experiences section to find out more about life as an APLS International instructor, or Course Materials & Instructor Resources for APLS course materials and other resources for instructors.
Is there a scholarship available, and how do I apply?
I would like to set up an APLS network in my country. Who should I contact?
What is the APLS course?
APLS has set up a program to offer an outreach scholarship, the Paediatric Emergency Development (PED) Scholarship to support the development of paediatric emergency systems in countries where these are currently in their infancy and where funds for such activities or for overseas education are limited.
The PEDS program aims to provide the successful applicant with a two-week hospital attachment in a nominated specialty area (generally a Paediatric Emergency Department), followed by attendance at an APLS Provider +/- Instructor course. The recipient will be teamed with a local mentor for support and guidance.
The ultimate aim is for this to be the first step in introducing APLS to the recipient's country.
Pises Ngeth, the first successful applicant, came from Cambodia and has since become the local champion who was integral to the successful introduction of APLS to Cambodia. He now directs multiple APLS Provider courses every year in Cambodia fully self-sufficiently. Other more recent recipients have come from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands – both countries working towards running their inaugural courses in the next 12 months.
Click here for a PED Scholarship Information Package and Application Form.
Applications close October 1st in each scholarship year.
Please contact the APLS International committee via the APLS office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.
The APLS course is widely recognised as the international gold standard in paediatric emergency training. Click here for more about APLS Australia and our courses.
I'd like more information on APLS International. Who can I contact?
I'd like to donate to APLS International. How do I do that?
Thank you for your interest in donating to APLS International. Read more about how to give equipment, time or a tax-deductible financial donation here.