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AVME718 Operational Aspects of Aeromedical Transport

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Overview of aeromedical transport worldwide; modes of medical transport; helicopters used for medical transport; safety in and around helicopters; F/W aircraft used for medical transport; aircraft safety; the risks of air travel; aeromedical equipment; communications and co-ordination; operational limitations and constraints.

Paper title Operational Aspects of Aeromedical Transport
Paper code AVME718
Subject Aviation Medicine
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,889.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,674.00

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Limited to
MAeroRT , MAvMed, MHealSc, PGCertAeroRT, PGDipAeroRT, PGDipHealSc

Healthcare professionals currently employed, or interested in work, in the aviation medicine industry.

If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

Teaching staff

Course Director: Graham Denyer

Paper Structure

Core paper for the Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (PGCertAeroRT) and Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (PGDipHealSc(AeroRT). Part of the Masters of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed)Master of Health Sciences endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (MHealSc(AeroRT). and the Master of Aeromedical Retrieval (MAeroRT).

Teaching Arrangements

This is a fully distance-taught paper and is taught in odd years in the Second Semester.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork, global perspective, lifelong learning, communication, critical thinking, self-motivation, teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the paper will be able to:

  1. Describe the relative strengths and weaknesses, and risks and benefits of a range of platforms for patient transport.
  2. Apply their understanding of the design and function of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft to the selection of aeromedical aircraft for a particular aeromedical service or aeromedical tasking.
  3. Apply their understanding of the aviation aspects of an aeromedical service (including a basic understanding of aviation operations, aviation operational limitations, and aviation safety) in the role of a clinician within the wider aeromedical team.
  4. Apply their knowledge of the effects of the aviation environment on medical equipment and patient physiology in order to anticipate potential impacts on patient care during the aeromedical transfer.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system