PAR5200 - Introduction to aeromedical and retrieval concepts - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Nathan Stam


Mr Matthew Shepherd
Mr Rod Mason

Unit guides


Notting Hill

  • Second semester 2018 (Online)


Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 3876, 3877, 3878, M6015


This unit is designed to provide an introduction to the concepts of working within an aeromedical environment.

The content within this unit will cover the foundation aspects of various areas of speciality within the aeromedical setting.

Fundamental concepts covered within this unit include: Basics of aviation, Introduction to meteorology, Aviation physiology, Retrieval and flight co-ordination, Crew resource management, and

Survival skills.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to;

  1. Examine and explain the basics of aviation, including meteorology in relation to both rotary and fixed wing aircraft;
  2. Apply principles of aviation physiology within a practical work environment;
  3. Evaluate the integral role of retrieval medicine within the broader health care system, identifying all of the factors to be considered when coordinating an aero medical retrieval;
  4. Identify and discuss integral parts of Aviation safety including Crew Resource Management (CRM);
  5. Identify and employ safety considerations when working around both rotary and fixed wing aircraft;
  6. Synthesise and explain self-preservation techniques and examine a variety of considerations in relation to surviving an incident.


  • Final Exam (MCQ, SAQ and Case Studies) (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Online MCQ quiz (10%)
  • Portfolio (3000 words) (50%) (hurdle)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students will be expected to complete at least 6 hours of distance education directed learning and a minimum of 6 hours of private study and self-directed learning per week.

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