PAR5230 - Aeromedical retrieval coordination - 2019

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)

Dr Linda Ross


Mr Rod Mason

Unit guides


Notting Hill

  • Second semester 2019 (Online)


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


This unit will promote the development of a broad and critical conceptual and practical understanding of critical care mission coordination within aeromedical retrieval systems.

The unit will cover 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 aeromedical 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 aeromedical retrieval coordination.


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

  1. Analyse the functions and relationships of the components of aeromedical retrieval systems, and their integration with the broader health system;
  2. Describe the functions and processes relating to the complexities of planning and logistics in aeromedical retrieval systems, and their relationships with other health system components;
  3. Formulate planning skills to facilitate efficient multi-platform planning and retrieval tasking, along with their integration with call-taking and dispatch systems;
  4. Evaluate and formulate coordination strategies to minimise mission risk and maximise efficiency in crew and platform selection, along with recognition of factors that would preclude mission tasking;
  5. Analyse the principles of aviation logistics and platform selection, and how they may be impacted by variables such as weather, duty times, and resource availability;
  6. Formulate Aeromedical Management plans to operate in conjunction with hospital emergency response plans, multi patient incidents/disaster/military response, along with search and rescue and other emergency response providers.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Final exam (2 hours) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Case study x 2 (3000 words) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Clinical practice discussion forum x 4 (1600 words) (20%)

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