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TM5560 - Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

Aeromedical retrieval is concerned primarily with the transport of patients via a properly managed aeromedical evacuation system. This subject provides students with an overview of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the successful management of aeromedical retrieval in the Australian and the global context. It includes examination of models of aeromedical care, aircraft characteristics and flight specific problems, aircraft and flight safety, medical equipment and clinical care in the aeromedical environment, co-ordination of aeromedical retrievals, legislation and insurance, and special issues associated with international aeromedical retrievals.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically appraise the influencing factors on health care requiring aeromedical retrievals;
  • analyze the types of aeromedical retrieval service types;
  • critically apply the physiological effects of altitude and flight to clinical conditions;
  • discuss and analyze the significance of clinical coordination for aeromedical retrievals and the use of technological advances such as teleconference;
  • appraise clinical governance in the aeromedical retrieval environment specific to education, training and research;
  • analyse the technical requirements specific to the aeromedical retrieval environment.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Participation > Online participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 2 - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

In order to pass this subject, you must: submit all items of assessment and obtain an overall (cumulative) total mark of 50% or more

Students must be a registered health professional with a medical, nursing or paramedical health degree/ qualification


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Ms Anita Wall
Lecturers: Ms Anita Wall, Assoc. Professor Emmeline Campbell.
Workload expectations:
  • 130 hours online activity - Self directed online learning and assessment
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.