The Academy is a registered CC (# 2000/076708/23)
established in 2000 for the purpose of providing undergraduate
and post-graduate further education.
The Academy is accredited to provide Basic Life Support (BLS),
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Cardiac
Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLS-EP) and Paediatric
Advanced Life Support (PALS) programmes of the American Heart
Association through the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa.
It is accredited by BTLS International
Inc. and the University of Alabama, USA, to provide the Advanced
Level of Trauma Life Support courses, Advanced Trauma Management
which are accredited by the Heath Professionals Council of South
Africa, (HPCSA), for CPD/CME points.
The immediate management of Acute Medical
Emergencies course covers the management of a range of medical
The Members of the Board are:
Although the Academy was only formalised in 2000 as a
Close Corporation, Dr GE Dimopoulos has been involved in providing
Advanced Life Support courses since 1992 when the first course,
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) was introduced into South
Africa, then Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS, 1995),
Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS, 1997), and Advanced BTLS
He has been actively involved in teaching
and training over 3 000 Medical Doctors, including Doctors from
The Academy moved into new premises in
Medical Centre West, Entabeni Hospital, on 1 April 2001 when Gill
Dimopoulos (Administration) and Dr Alex Dimopoulos joined the
Staff to assist with the courses.
Programme Methodology and Technology
The Academy provides courses over a 1, 2 or 3 day period,
weekends, 3 or 4 times each month accommodating 10 candidates
on each course.
The Academy is fully equipped with the
latest equipment, digital projection, advanced life support manikins,
adult, child and infant, an array of CPR manikins, ECG monitors
capable of defibrillation, cardioversion and external cardiac
pacing as well as automated external defibrillators. There is
a vast range or airway management equipment including ventilators,
Pulse Oximeters and Blood Gas analysers.
All presentations are produced in “Powerpoint”.
All candidate information, test result etc are captured in a Data-base
and reports are sent to the accrediting Authorities.
All courses include comprehensive manuals,
notes, “Aide Memoires”, which are supplied to candidates
at least one month before the commencement of the course.
On successful completion, each candidate
receives a certificate.
All Courses provided by the Academy have
been accredited by the Health Professionals Council of South Africa
(HPCSA) and a certificate is issued to each candidate indicating
their CPD allocation. (Electronic transfer)