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CSU-ALS / CALS in Australia and New Zealand

CALS arrived in Australia in 2017 after Joel Dunning had given an update course to the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) in November 2016. Adrian Levine arrived in November 2017 and opened the first Centres of Excellence (COE) in Sydney (Royal Prince Alfred (RPA)), Melbourne (Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH)) and Adelaide (Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)). Subsequently he went to New Zealand and opened the first COE there in Waikato. He liked Australia so much that he decided to emigrate there!

As in the Europe and the US collaboration occurred with clinicians, nurses and professions allied to medicine to develop and refine the European and US Guidelines for an Australasian ‘market’.  With a typical Aussie ‘can do’ attitude these revised guidelines were presented in the ANZSCTS meeting in 2019 and now in early 2020 are awaiting publication. 



CALS rapidly gained popularity with Intensivists and Nursing Staff. The courses were readily accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) and the Australian College of Critical Care Nursing (AAACN). CPD / CME points are now available for Intensivists doing CALS courses in Australia. Nursing staff are now officially credited with 16 hours of education (through eLearning and 1-day course).

CALS centres of Excellence are now found in Sydney (RPA ,Royal North Shore and Prince of Wales Hospital), Melbourne (RMH and Monash), Adelaide (RAH and Flinders Medical College), Perth (Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital) , Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH)  and Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital (SCUPH), John Hunter Hospital (Newcastle) , Hamilton NZ (Waikato) and Wellington NZ. 


In 2020 further centres will open in Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH), John Flynn Hospital (Gold Coast),Westmead  Hospital (Sydney) and  Canberra . Negotiations are ongoing with The Prince Charles Hospital (Brisbane) and Christchurch Hospital (NZ)  to become COE’s in late 2020/ early 2021.
The CALS - ANZ board meet monthly to re-develop guidelines, share educational development and  pursue  academic matters re CALS in Australia and New Zealand.

To get involved, contact

Christian Karcher
Tim Southwood  
Amy Rogers        
Dave McCormack
Craig Jurisevic    


1435 Taylor Wood Rd, Simpsonville, KY
Phone: (540) 383-2817


The Lanterns, Sandy Lane, STAFFS ST5 5DP, UK
Phone (+44)  7515911116


To ensure that cardiac patients receive the best possible care during the worst possible times

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