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PAR4206 - International aeromedical retrieval

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: A/Prof Frank Archer, Ms Andrea Wyatt


Peninsula First semester 2008 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2008 (Day)


This unit will specifically address the requirements of providing international retrieval and repatriation of sick and injured travellers using commercial aircraft to their country of origin for definitive care.

This unit will be offered in a multimodal form using a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, clinical scenarios and self-directed learning materials. WebCT will be used to supplement face-to-face sessions and support on-line discussion groups to facilitate MUCAPS staff and student interactions in informal tutorials.


By the end of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the organisational and communication requirements of international retrieval and the roles of the insure and other personnel involved in the retrieval;
  2. Describe the facilities and use the equipment available on commercial airlines to facilitate care of the patient during flight;
  3. Describe the roles of the Captain and cabin crew and relationship with the aeromedical retrieval team;
  4. Describe the safety requirements on board and aircraft escape and evacuation procedures;
  5. Discuss the implications of common international travel conventions and legal requirements related to moving patients, equipment and drugs from port to port to the successful and safe retrieval of the patient;
  6. Apply the knowledge of the influence of long haul aeromedical retrieval to the management of the patient's clinical condition.
  7. Discuss the role and interrelationships between major international emergency medical services operations; and
  8. Describe how cultural issues and health beliefs can impact on the successful repatriation of patients from overseas ports.


Assignment 40%, Worksheets 60%

Contact hours

76 hours comprising lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, clinical scenarios, self-directed learning materials and WebCT; and 80 hours individual study

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