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TM5577 - Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

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

This subject provides students with the knowledge required to successfully provide clinical care in the paediatric and neonatal secondary (interfacility) retrieval setting. Basic principles of interfacility care will be reviewed and form the contextual environment for the subject. Specific areas of paediatric and neonatal clinical care likely to be encountered in the secondary retrievals environment will be examined in detail. There will also be a focus on the impact of the aeromedical environment on patients, procedures and equipment. The subject will provide students with not just the knowledge needed to provide paediatric and neonatal care in the aeromedical environment, but also knowledge of the evidence and theory underpinning these constructs.

Learning Outcomes

  • examine the key physiological differences and responses to injury and critical illness between neonates, infants and children;
  • compare and contrast the differences between standard hospital based care and aeromedical retrievals of the neonate and paediatric patient;
  • analyse the challenges that are specific to the neonatal and paediatric patient in the aeromedical environment;
  • evaluate the key aspects for crew configuration, asset selection and communication for neonatal and paediatric retrievals;
  • analyse the common clinical conditions and key clinical procedures likely to be encountered in the aeromedical retireval of a neonate or paediatric patient.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (40%) - 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

Student must have previous knowledge regarding provision of medical care in critical care settings. This subject DOES NOT teach critical care medicine. It teaches application of critical care medicine in the unique retrieval environment.
Prerequisites: Students not admitted in the Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval must submit a current CV outlining a medical, nursing or allied health degree/qualification and at least 2 years full-time experience (or equivalent part-time experience) in a critical care environment for approval by the Subject Coordinator prior to enrolment into the subject.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Ms Anita Wall.
Workload expectations:
  • 130 hours online activity - Self directed leaning 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.