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AVME719 Aeromedical Studies for Nurses and Paramedics

The aviation environment; principles and theory of aeromedical care; air ambulance/aeromedical operations; risk management in aeromedical retrieval and transportation work; critical reflection.

This practical paper details the clinical and operational aspects of the transfer of critically ill patients by air.

Paper title Aeromedical Studies for Nurses and Paramedics
Paper code AVME719
Subject Aviation Medicine
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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AVMX 719
Limited to
MAvMed, MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc

Healthcare professionals currently employed, or interested in working, in a flight nursing or flight paramedic role.

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

Teaching staff

Course Director: Russell Clarke, Peter Fortes

Paper Structure
Core paper for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport. Part of the Master of Health Sciences endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (MHealSc(AeroRT).
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

It is taught each year in the first semester.


Patient Transport – Principles & Practise, fifth edition, Mosby, St. Louis

Editied by Renee’ Semonin Holleran, Allen C. Wolfe, Michael A, Frakes


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
Students who successfully complete the paper will have
  • An understanding of the general organisation and structure of aeromedical retrieval and transfer systems
  • Developed a sound knowledge of the aeromedical environment and the physiological changes it causes to patients and fellow team members
  • Demonstrated an understanding of aeromedical aircraft and the aviation processes and procedures that are utilised during aeromedical retrievals and transfers
  • Developed an understanding of the principles of survival and critical actions required after an aircraft accident/incident

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Semester 1

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