Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Community Emergency Health and Paramedics
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Alfred Hospital Summer semester A 2014 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Shaun Whitmore


This unit will promote the development of a broad and critical conceptual and practical understanding of Critical Care mission coordination within retrieval systems. The unit will deliver a broad range of systems and process skills for the practitioner, ensuring their knowledge and understanding of the complexities and dependencies within critical care and retrieval systems. It also considers in depth the cognitive skills required in coordination, in order to fully understand and manage complex planning, risk mitigation, mission logistics and communication methods. The unit will also focus on specific standards and guidelines in the delivery of retrieval coordination.


At the completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the functions and relationships of the components of the aeromedical and retrieval system;
  2. Describe the functions and processes related to key coordination interfaces including: operation centres, logistics supervisors (DTM), dispatch systems (CAD & Netcom), 000 systems (ESTA), the ambulance clinician supervisor, state trauma systems, critical care bed access systems, interstate retrieval systems;
  3. Demonstrate capability for complex planning and logistics management tasks;
  4. Describe methods used for planning and execution of complex multi-platform retrieval missions;
  5. Demonstrate skills in prioritisation of resource use in retrieval scenarios particularly in settings of limited resource availability and competing priority for resource;
  6. Describe methods of crew mix selection and transport platform selection;
  7. Discuss the principles of aviation logistics, including flight and duty times, flight planning, weather impacts on flight planning, capabilities and limitations of various aircraft;
  8. Describe the principle features of management of hospital emergency response plans, multivictim incidents and search and rescue;
  9. Demonstrate capability in communication, in particular related to command and control, conflict resolution, crisis resource management, customer relations and team formation.


Examination: 50%
Portfolio (5,000 word equivalent): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Students are required to spend, on average, 12 hours per week on this unit across the semester (156 hours in total). This includes working through self-directed learning materials, case reviews and discussion forums through MUSO, preparation of unit assessment tasks and attendance at a 2 day (14 hours) on-campus intensive.


Must be enrolled in Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate of Emergency Health