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AVME720 Clinical Analysis in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport

Critical analysis of an issue in flight nursing or aero/paramedical care; a personal programme of study based in critical evaluation of the student’s own clinical role and working environment.

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

Paper title Clinical Analysis in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport
Paper code AVME720
Subject Aviation Medicine
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (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 720
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 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 yearly in the second 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, scholarship, communication, self-motivation, teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Graduates of AVME720 will have:

  • Demonstrate how Crew Resource Management (CRM), human factors, and threat and error management may impact on safe aeromedical practice and patient care.
  • Describe and develop systems to identify and manage fatigue.
  • Identify potential clinical complications during aeromedical transportation and implement strategies into clinical care plans to reduce these clinical complications.
  • Describe special clinical conditions that can be adversely affected during aeromedical retrievals or transfers.
  • Apply the theoretical knowledge of aeromedical retrieval and transportation into independent clinical practice.

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Semester 2

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