DMEP is a 1 day course that is both didactic and interactive. It addresses core competencies as outlined by the ACS Committee on Trauma’s Disaster and Mass Casualty Management Committee. Major topics addressed include planning, triage, incident command, injury patterns and pathophysiology, and consideration for special populations. Group discussions are based on illustrative scenarios. DMEP requires pre and post-course tests, which are reviewed on site. A comprehensive syllabus and supportive resource materials are provided.

The intended audience includes acute care providers (surgeons, anaesthetists, emergency medicine physicians, ED, OR, ICU, and trauma nurses, and pre-hospital professionals) who will most likely be the first receivers of casualties following major disasters. Other health care providers, administrators, public health personnel, and emergency managers are also encouraged to attend.


  • Understand the problems, injury patterns, and issues that may result from disasters.
  • Discuss the role that trauma care providers can play in planning for and responding to mass casualty incidents and disasters, especially at a hospital level.
  • Become familiar with the terms and concepts of incident command.
  • Understand the principles and challenges of disaster triage
  • Become familiar with treatment principles, related to blast injury, chemical attacks and radiological dispersal devices.
  • Know the civilian and military assets available for support.

Telephone: +61 2 8738 6489


Dr Valerie Malka is the Director of the Trauma and Acute Care Surgical Unit at Liverpool Hospital. She was the previous Director of Trauma Services at Westmead Hospital for over a decade. She is an EMST Director and DSTC Instructor with a great passion for trauma and acute care surgery. With special interests in education and quality assurance she has worked extensively in patient safety and the maintenance of ethics in healthcare. Valerie has worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Rescue Committee and holds a Diploma in International Humanitarian Assistance from Geneva University and a Master’s Degree in International Public Health with a major in Humanitarian Law. She also holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and works freelance writing medical, health and wellbeing articles.