Upcoming local courses at Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children – Click Here to Register

  • February 17,18,19 (Mon to Wed)
  • March 23,24,25 (Mon to Wed)
  • May 4,5,6 (Mon to Wed)
  • June 17,18,19 (Wed to Fri)
  • July 22,23,24 (Wed to Fri)

APLS course conducted by the Australian Faculty. Venue – Click Here to Register

  • September 21,22,23 (Mon to Wed) @ Amaya Hills Kandy

Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course

It is an internationally recognized and accredited course for doctors and nurses that aims to provide knowledge and skills necessary to assess and manage seriously ill and injured children. It emphasizes the basic principles of resuscitation, teaches the application of a structured clinical approach and is conducted in accordance with the principles of adult learning


Primarily to improve early identification and optimal management of seriously ill and injured children in Sri Lanka through training and education of healthcare professionals. Increased confidence, awareness, necessary skills and ability to assess and respond to a range of Paediatric Emergencies are the ultimate goals of this programme.


To reduce preventable deaths

Links – http://www.apls.org.au
APLS Newsletter – https://apls.org.au/page/nexus-news-october-2015

Sri Lankan Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course

Sri Lankan APLS Courses are being organized by the APLS Group of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians which was established in 2013. APLS Group is governed by the regulations laid down in the Constitution approved by the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians. APLS Courses are supported by Australian and New Zealand specific editions of the APLS Manual which was first published in 2011.

Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course in Sri-Lanka closely adheres to the teaching of APLS Australia. First International Course was conducted in 2010. APLS teaching is recognized, throughout the world and is recommended for all hospital staff involved in caring for seriously ill or injured children and adolescents. Candidates who have taken the course include Consultants, Postgraduate Trainees from all specialties, and nurses.

The APLS Course is very interactive, practical and covers all aspects of the emergency management of children. It is taught by leading paediatric specialists. Lectures are supported by emergency scenarios, practical sessions, and video and skills workshops in small group sessions. A comprehensive Course Manual is also provided to all candidates for pre and post-course reference.

Why is APLS important to us

Current under 5 year mortality is 10/1000 live births. The main contributory factor to this is a profound dearth of a structured approach to emergency care at the Accident & Emergency Departments, Preliminary Care Units, Paediatric Wards and Intensive Care Units. It has been observed that, time associated deprivation of simple interventions has resulted in preventable unnecessary admissions to hospitals, High Dependency Care Units and Intensive Care Units. Needless to say this results in very significant morbidity and mortality. It is therefore essential to improve handling emergency care, safe and skilled transportation of critically ill children and ensure proper training of all personnel involved in all these ventures.

APLS Office

Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians
No 44/1, Gnanartha Pradeepa Mawatha
Colombo – 10
Opposite: LRH main gate on Maradana road
Tel:0778-872 007
Fax:+94-112 684 625

Outcomes Include:

  • Increased confidence, awareness, skills and ability to assess and respond to a range of Paediatric Emergencies
  • Certificate issued upon successful completion

APLS Course Contents

Life Support:

  • Basic life support
  • Advanced support of the airway and ventilation
  • Cardiac arrest management and defibrillation

Seriously Ill Child:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Shock
  • Dengue shock (Sri Lankan course only)
  • Abnormal pulse rate and Cardiac dysrhythmias
  • Decreased level of consciousness
  • Convulsing child
  • Snake bite and poisoning (Sri Lankan course only)

Seriously Injured Child:

  • Chest injury
  • Abdominal injury
  • Head trauma
  • Spinal injury
  • Burns and scalds
  • Electrical injuries and drowning

Practical Procedures:

  • Airway and breathing
  • Circulation
  • Trauma
  • Interpreting trauma X-rays
  • Stabilization and transfer

How to register

Please click the sign for upcoming course in the “Home Page. You will get an on-line registration form in to your e-mail.

How to pay “Registration Fee

Account Number – 0077318402
Account Name – “Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, Skills Development
Account Containing Branch – BOC Borella Branch
If you pay to a bank please keep the bank slip with you.
It is mandatory to provide it at the programme day.

Pre-Course Materials

These will be sent to your e-mail.
Manual can be collected from the SLCP Office

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend after registration, you will have to pay an extra Rs 1,500.00 with your confirmation in the future courses.

Accommodation details:

Those who need accommodation please contact “Nagarodaya” on 0112667364 / 0112667366 (which is 200 meters from the Hospital) or “Cetrac” at Battaramulla Telephone number 0112784411. Accommodation is not included in the registration fee and should be paid by you separately.

Parking Space

A Public Car Park is available on the Baseline Road in front of the Government Printer’s Department.

Course Venue

New Auditorium
3rd Floor
Lady Ridgeway Hospital
Entrance from Maradana Road Gate

Course Programme: Three full days
Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.


Day One 0745 – 1830 hrs
Day Two 0730 – 1830 hrs
Day Three 0730 – 1730 hrs

Sri Lankan Advanced Paediatric Life Support Course conducted by Australian APLS Faculty

Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS), Sri Lanka aims to improve the early management of acutely ill and injured children in Sri -Lanka through training and education of healthcare professionals.

APLS, which was first introduced in the 1980s by the UK’s Advanced Life Support Group, has become the internationally recognized gold standard in Paediatric emergency training. Courses are supported by the APLS Manual, with the first Australia and New Zealand specific edition to be published later in 2012. Sri Lankan APLS courses also adhere to the teaching of the Australian APLS manual.

Dr Jeremy Raftos the President of APLS Australia and New Zealand in 2005, pioneered the establishment of APLS in Sri Lanka. The first APLS programme was conducted in Galle in 2005 after the Tsunami for 12 participants. Jeremy Raftos, Simon Young and Stephen Priestly were courageous enough to travel to Sri Lanka during the ethnic war. That tour laid the foundation for the subsequent APLS Sri Lanka Programmes which started in 2010.

APLS courses conducted by the Australian Faculty, is held once a year. One international provider Course and one instructor Course are held annually in Sri-Lanka. These courses are often held in different cities away from the busy capital, Colombo. The breath-taking scenic beauty of the venue, the Sri-Lankan hospitality, local Spicy food and the warm welcoming smile of the APLS staff and Faculty make it a memorable course. Our aim is to maximize the learning of APLS and the social gatherings organized for the candidates and the Faculty during the three days to make it a pleasant and memorable educational experience.

List of courses held and the venues are as follows:-

  • 2010 – Kukuleganga, Western Province
  • 2011 – Kandy, Central Province
  • 2012 – Karapitya, Galle, Southern Province
  • 2013 – Jaffna & Killinchochi, North Province
  • 2014 – Trincomalee, Eastern Province
  • 2015 – Diyatalawa, Uva Province
  • 2016 – Anuradhapura, North-Central Province
  • 2017 – Giritale, Polonnaruwa, North Central Province
  • 2018 – Mirissa, Weligama, Southern Province

Nearly 150 paediatricians have completed the provider course and 90 Paediatricians have been trained in GIC the instructor course (teaching skills course) and have been certified as APLS instructors.

In recognition of the invaluable service rendered by Dr Jeremy Raftos, Sri Lanka college of Paediatricians, during its Annual Scientific Session in 2015, with Prof Sujeewa Amarasena as the President, awarded the coveted Honorary Fellowship to Dr Jeremy Raftos in the presence of a large distinguished gathering.

APLS Working Group of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians with the Australian APLS Faculty headed by Dr Jeramy Raftos has moved a step further, playing a key role in sharing and dissemination of knowledge and skills to the rest of the Asian countries under the patronage of UNICEF Regional Office of South Asia.

APLS Working Group of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians with the Australian APLS Faculty headed by Dr Jeramy Raftos has moved a step further, playing a key role in sharing and dissemination of knowledge and skills to the rest of the Asian countries under the patronage of UNICEF Regional Office of South Asia.

Sri Lanka facilitated the first ever “Regional Training Workshop on Advanced Paediatric Life Support, Early newborn care and Neonatal Life support under South-South Cooperation for Health in collaboration with UNICEF under the patronage of Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka. The delegates were paediatricians from our neighbouring countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives, and Bangladesh.

Dr Deepika Attygalle, Regional Coordinator South-South Programme Manager and Dr Douglas Nobel, Regional Health Adviser, UNICEF South Asia were the key persons instrumental in this programme. This was successfully held at the Hotel Renuka, Colombo on 11th, 12th& 13th May 2016.

This regional workshop is one of the key activities under UNICEF’s South to South programme in South Asia. South to South (S2S) has long been an important strategy to facilitate the exchange of resources, technology, knowledge and ‘know-how’ between countries. The aim of the workshop this week is to systemically share practical experience and ‘know how’, from one country to another, in South Asia, as well as conferring accreditation of skills at a high level. This training on advanced paediatric life support and new-born life support will give an opportunity to strengthen engagement between Governments, Non-Governmental Organizations, professional colleges, and academia in achieving the common goal of averting preventable deaths of newborns in South Asia.

I trust this week will be of high benefit to you personally, and, as you return to your countries and seek to share the learning and consider establishing your own training centres.

Dr Douglas Nobel , Regional Health Adviser, UNICEF South Asia, 2016

First offshore APLS course under the patronage of APLS working group of Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians with the Australian APLS Faculty headed by Dr Jeramy Raftos, was held in Maldives in the year 2015. Second APLS provider course and first ever APLS GIC course was held in 2016 at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Maldives. Both these workshops were coordinated by Dr Bhiruntha Sivakanthan of Sri Lankan APLS Faculty. UNICEF Maldives with the Ministry of Health of Maldives were involved in this venture and they supported this activity to the hilt.

Coming Soon…

For the inquiries please contact Skill course coordinator 077-8872007