HMO teaching is on Thursdays. Check the calendar for the times, topics and speaker.


Core HMO skills


By the end of term these skills are those that an ED HMO should be familiar with.


If there is a particular skill that has not been covered either on the floor or in the teaching sessions, or if there is one you would like to focus on, please let the senior registrars or consultants know so we can tailor learning for you.

ECG interpretation

X-ray interpretation and description – CXR / AXR / skeletal

Intravenous cannulation

Eye examination with the slit lamp

Per vaginal examination and speculum examination



– basic interrupted

– mattress – vertical, horizontal (good for flaps)

– deep sutures

Further skills

These are more advanced skills that you may have the opportunity to practise during your term.

Joint manipulation

– shoulder relocation

– wrist fracture manipulation  +/- Bier’s block

Arterial gas sampling and interpretation

Arterial line placement

Central venous catheter placement

Thoracocentesis / Inter-costal catheter placement

Recommended resources:

The world of FOAMed (free online access medical education) is rapidly growing and can be difficult to navigate. Here are two recommended online resources to get you started in the right direction.

MDCalc is a very useful repository of clinical calculators and risk scoring systems. If you can’t remember the PERC score off the top of your head here is a handy resource to refer to – and the authors also reference the original studies from which the rules are derived


First10EM is an emergency medicine blog catering to issues around the immediate resuscitation of patients.

Life in the fast lane is an Australasian emergency and critical care blog that caters to a widely diverse level of medical experience. HMOs are encouraged to review the vast ECG library and bank of cases

HMO presentations