PAR5240 - Aeromedical retrieval rescue - 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 Darren Hodge

Unit guides


Notting Hill

  • First semester 2018 (Online)


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


This unit addresses the role of the aeromedical team and the use of fixed and rotary wing aircraft within search and rescue.

The content related to air search techniques will include search patterns, homing techniques and observer procedures.

Rescue techniques will 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 will be emphasised, and post impact land survival techniques, water safety and sea survival will be discussed.


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

  1. Appraise the role of fixed and rotary wing aircraft and the aeromedical team in search and rescue;
  2. Explain air search techniques including the role of the observer;
  3. Determine the specific requirements for packaging patients for rescue;
  4. Evaluate different 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 (MCQ, SAQ and Case studies) (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)
  • 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