Advanced Paediatric Life Support

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


The task is 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 and minimise disabilities.

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 working group was replaced by Paediatric Skills Development Working Group in 2020 which is empowered by the regulations laid down in the constitution approved by the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians. APLS is one of the modules, coordinated by Paediatric Skills Development Working Group. APLS courses are supported by the Australian APLS Faculty.  Sri Lankan APLS course has been accredited by the “Advanced Life Support Group” in the UK in 2017. 

Advanced Paediatric Life Support course in Sri-Lanka closely adheres to the teaching of APLS Australia. The 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.

The APLS course is very interactive, practical and covers all aspects of the emergency management of children, taught by certified paediatric care givers. On-line module consisting of recorded lectures and video demonstrations are supported by face-to-face interactive emergency scenarios, skills practices sessions and workshops in small groups. A comprehensive course manual is also provided to all candidates, for pre and post, course reference.

Why is APLS Important to Us

One main contributory factor for morbidity and mortality in children 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 institution of simple interventions has resulted in early recognition of deterioration, preventing cardiac arrest as well as reducing hospital stay in hospital wards, high dependency care units and intensive care units.  Needless to say, this will tremendously improve the care provided for sick children. 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.

Course Outcomes include:
  • Increased confidence, awareness, skills and ability to assess and respond to a range of Paediatric emergencies
  • Certificate issued upon successful completion
    Paediatric Skills Development Working Group
    Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians
    E-mail –

Local APLS

How to pay the Registration Fee?

BOC Borella Branch – Account Number – 0077318402

Account Name – Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, Skills Development.

If you pay to a bank please keep the bank slip with you, produce it at the registration desk and obtain the official receipt.

Pre Course Materials

Click here for Sri Lankan Heart Association Website

Online lectures and videos Access would be given for registered participants

Manuals and Other Course Guidelines

APLS Manual 6th Edition

APLS Manual Corrections

Dengue Guidelines

STP in Paediatrics and Neonatology

BLS & ALS Guidelines

Serious Illness Guidelines

Trauma Guidelines

Transport Format

Cancellation Policy

If the cancellation is done by the candidate, he/she will be allocated to another course within the same financial year. If it exceeds the given financial year, allocation to another course will be decided by the President and Secretary.  If the cancellation is done on the first day of the scheduled APLS course by the candidate, a penalty will be charged as decided by the working group, if he or she wishes to join another course or if he/she wishes to get a refund of the course fee.


Course Content

Life support:

Basic life support
Advanced support of the airway and ventilation
Cardiac arrest management and defibrillation
Abnormal pulse rate and cardiac dysrhythmias


Seriously ill child:

Breathing difficulties
Shock, including Dengue shock
Convulsing child and deteriorating level of consciousness
Snake bite and poisoning


Seriously injured child:

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


Course Programme:

Pre Course Information Letter

Hybrid F2F Course Programme

With the new format, one participant would get a chance to face one cardiac scenario, two illness scenarios and one trauma scenario. Crisis Resource Management Principles have been included in order to improve the team dynamics.


COVID Precautions:

Wearing a face mask and face shield is mandatory.


Course Venue

New Auditorium, 3rd Floor of the new block at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for children. Enter from Maradana Road Gate.


Accommodation details:

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 Welikada Prison. 

Feedback by Participants

Exposure to variety of real life clinical scenarios and timely intervntions were stimulating and useful.

APLS imporved the team leaerdhip, decesion making and patient safety. 

Practising the scenarios based on APLS algorithms and receving feedback immediately after the scenario helped me idenitify and correct my mistakes

Australian APLS Course

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

APLS was first introduced in the 1980s by the Advanced Life Support Group in the UK and in 1996 in Australia. APLS has become the internationally recognized gold standard in Paediatric Emergency Training. Courses are supported with 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 methods 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. It was for 12 participants by Prof Sujeewa Amarasena. 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 under the supervision of Dr Srilal de Silva.

APLS courses conducted by Australian faculty, is held once a year in Sri Lanka. One international provider and instructor will participate as Trainers. These courses are often held in different cities away from the busy capital city of Colombo. The breath-taking scenic beauty of the venue, the Sri-Lankan hospitality, local spicy food and the warm welcoming smiles of the APLS participants and faculty make it a memorable event. Our aim is to maximize the learning of APLS and the social gatherings organized for the candidates and the faculty during the three days makes it a very pleasant 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, Northern Province
2014 – Trincomalee, Eastern Province
2015 – Diyatalawa, Uva Province
2016 – Anuradapura, North-Central Province
2017 – Giritale, Polonaruwa, North-Central Province
2018 – Mirrissa, Southern Province
2019 – Course not held
2020 – Course not held
2021 – Course not held

The course in kukulegaga in 2010

Each course recruited 24 participants for the Provider Course and selected Paediatric care givers have been trained in GIC – the Instructor Course (teaching skills course) and have been certified as APLS Instructors.

Successful participants receive a local certificate, counter-signed by the Australian Course Director and the International Certificate issued by the Advanced Life Support Group of UK.

In recognition of the invaluable services rendered by Dr Jeremy Raftos, Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians in its Annual Congress in 2015, during the Presidency of Professor Sujeewa Amarasena, awarded the Honorary Fellowship to Dr Jeremy Raftos in the presence of a distinguished gathering. Since 2016 Jacquie Schutz Consultant Paediatrician from Adelaide, has been the focal point from Australian APLS Faculty.