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The course


A course designed by an APC survivor, for APC candidates. 


We aim to provide a relevant theoretical base, practical demonstration and application to likely exam scenarios and mock exam practice. 

The practical sessions draw on expert knoweldge and experience of the APC lab setting and you will have ample opportunity to practice handling

the majority of the equipment that accurately what you will encounter in your exam.  During the session you will practice handling drains, oxygen and other attachments and carrying out hands on treatment with expert guidance and teaching on the best techniques.

Prior to each course, the needs and focuses of the group are assessed by questionnaire.  These needs are then addressed throughout the weekend to tailor each course to the current attendees.

Following the course, each physio is offered a 1 hour individual skype session to answer any questions or ongoing doubts prior to your exam.


A course designed with your success in mind!

History and future..


The course was first run in January 2015 in Melbourne and has gone from strength to strength running 8-10 times per year with 8-12 candidates per session.


Each course group form a bond for ongoing support and study supported by Richard via email groups, skype and phone conversations.


The course has now been successfully taken interstate to both Sydney and Brisbane.

In August 2018 the course was the first APC prep course to be run out of a simulation lab setting from Epworth Richmond.

With the move towards full time simulation exams, the course has adapted and primarily ran in the APC labs in Richmond.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic the APC was forced to close to external courses, and the CR relocated to it's current home at The Larwill Hotel where the expert learning and preparation can continue whilst maintaining the safety of all during these challenging times.

23 years of experience working for you..


Course facilitator and presenter, Richard, is a UK trained cardiorespiratory physiotherapist  with over 19 years experience.


Graduating in 2001 from Keele University in the UK, he quickly specialised in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy, focussing mainly on intensive care. 


Working in one of London's most prestigious respiratory centres gave Richard fantastic in-depth experience in a variety of patient groups including CF, bronchiectasis, ILD and cardiothoracic surgery.  After gaining a senior position in intensive care, he went on to develop an extended scope role in tracheostomy care.


In 2009, Richard completed his postgraduate diploma in Advanced Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy from University College London

Richard moved to Perth, Australia with his family in 2010 and completed the APC process in 2012.


He then worked at Fremantle Hospital in Intensive Care and cardiothoracic surgery before moving to Melbourne in 2013.  He now holds the senior physiotherapist post in Acute Specialty Medicine at Maroondah Hospital, Eastern Health Melbourne.


Richard is also the owner and Senior Physiotherapist of Melbourne Chest Physiotherapy Clinic.


Richard has always had a passion for education and is able to impart complex information and concepts in an understandable, real world and practical way.

He has extensive experience in simulation education and aims to bring these concepts to the APC process.

Richard is the Cardiorespiratory Coordinator and Lecturer for Undergraduate Physiotherapy at Federation University, Victoria.


We look forward to working with you!

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