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AVME719 Aeromedical Studies for Nurses and Paramedics

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

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) $2,889.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,674.00

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AVMX 719
Limited to
MAvMed, MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc

Healthcare professionals currently employed, or interesting in work, 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: Graham Denyer

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 is a fully distance-taught paper and is taught each year in the first 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
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