History of mMOET
mMOET is run under the auspices of the Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG), an educational charity, based in Manchester, UK. The course is supported by a course manual, which is a stand-alone teaching text, that is an invaluable resource to anyone working, teaching or interested in this area.
The course and course manual underwent a major revision in 2007 and 2012, which provided a greater emphasis on obstetric emergencies and less on trauma. Trauma remains, however, an excellent vehicle for teaching a structured approach. It is useful for clinicians to start with ABC and to focus on all aspects of resuscitation, based on the principle that adequate resuscitation of the mother is paramount.
It also incorporates major and recurring recommendations from the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health.
mMOET commenced in Australia in 2009, starting with two courses and one instructor course in Sydney in November. mMOET currently plans to run four to five courses per year when possible in Australia and New Zealand, as well as at least one instructor course. Where feasible we try to link courses with national and international scientific meetings and symposia.
In Australia, the course was initially supported with a "start-up" grant from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). In New Zealand, the course has been and continues to be supported by the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA).
The course is under continual development and is lucky to be supported by a large medical education charity from the United Kingdom, the Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG). We have taken a pre-course online learning package to reduce the lecture content. Presently we are looking at increasing the number of scenarios and medical content of the course and reducing the lecture content further.