Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice


Mr Darren Hodge


Alfred Hospital

  • Summer semester A 2016 (Online)


This unit covers the role of the aeromedical team and the use of fixed and rotary wing aircraft in search and rescue. The content related to air search techniques includes search patterns, homing techniques and observer procedures. Rescue techniques focus on the rotary wing aircraft aeromedical rescue team and the specific skill of stabilising and packaging the patient for winching to safety. The safety requirements of search and rescue are emphasised and post impact land survival techniques, water safety and sea survival are discussed.


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

  1. describe the role of fixed and rotary wing aircraft and the aeromedical team in search and rescue;
  2. describe and explain air search techniques including the role of the observer;
  3. describe and explain the requirements for packaging patients for rescue;
  4. discuss survival techniques on land and in sea;
  5. participate in helicopter winching techniques; and
  6. identify the required elements of aeromedical retrieval rescue pertaining to their professional role.


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

Chief examiner(s)

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

Emergency health - paramedic practice


Must be enrolled in courses 3876, 3877 or 3878.