Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Mr Toby St Clair and Mr Darren Hodge


This unit will specifically address the requirements of planning, leading and providing complex retrieval and repatriation of sick and injured patients in the specialized aeromedical and also in non-specialized (commercial aircraft) to definitive care.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the organisational and communication requirements of international retrieval and the roles of other personnel involved in the retrieval;
  2. describe the facilities and equipment available on non dedicated aeromedical airlines (including commercial airlines) to facilitate care of the patient during flight;
  3. discuss and explain 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;
  4. describe and explain the specific effects of altitude on susceptible medical, surgical and traumatic conditions;
  5. describe and explain the use of pharmacological agents and techniques for administering drugs and fluids necessary to manage common conditions requiring aeromedical transport and treat potential complications that may arise;
  6. demonstrate the ability to plan complex patient care appropriate to the professional practice level of the student, that incorporates clinical management strategies for complex conditions including prediction of potential aeromedical problems so as to ensure the safe and efficient transport of the patient;
  7. demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of medical equipment utilised in the care of patients during flight; and
  8. discuss and explain the pivotal role of teamwork in the aeromedical retrieval environment.


Online MCQ quiz (10%)
Final exam (40%)
Portfolio (50%)

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Must be enrolled in courses 3876, 3877 or 3878.