PAR5240 - Aeromedical retrieval rescue for intensive care paramedics - 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 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.


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) (30%)
  • Clinical practice discussion forum x 2 (1500 words) (20%)
  • Online MCQ quiz (10%)

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