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Medcast rises to the occasion to rapidly up-skill Nurses

30 January 2021 - Kate Clutton

SURGE Critical Care

Specialised Upskilling and RN Growth through Education in Critical Care.

In March 2020, as a highly effective pandemic emergency response, the Commonwealth Department of Health swiftly identified, and acted on, the need to up-skill nurses to meet potential workforce demand due to COVID-19.

Medcast was engaged to assist in creating workforce capacity through the rapid deployment of flexible, scalable, online learning on key critical care topics.

Through the SURGE Critical Care project the Australian Government funded up to 20,000 new online education places to upskill Registered Nurses in critical care nursing.

The SURGE Critical Care education project was delivered between April and August 2020.

Project Outcomes

The following infographic is a summary of the key outcomes of the project.

The full evaluation report has been published on the department’s website and can be viewed here.


surge infographic surge infographic


Do you need refresher training or to expand your workforce capacity? We can help your facility train staff to work in ICU and HDU. Medcast can train new nurses; provide refresher education to re-establish confidence of nurses who completed the initial training; and provide updates to current ICU and HDU staff. If you would like to discuss any of these options, please contact us.



Kate Clutton
Kate Clutton

Kate is a Director at Medcast, leading education projects and partnerships dedicated to improving healthcare through innovative education. She began her career as an Occupational Therapist and has a Masters in Public Health. Kate worked in healthcare advisory services at KPMG, where she delivered evaluation, clinical redesign, and change-management services to government and NGOs.

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