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    Historical perspectives; search and rescue; primary aeromedical retrieval; secondary aeromedical retrieval and transfers; logistics of long reach retrieval; tertiary aeromedical transport; logistics of international repatriation; essential pre-flight considerations; working as a team.

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

    About this paper

    Paper title Medical Logistics in Aeromedical Transport
    Subject Aviation Medicine
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    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

    Gareth Richards

    Niall McMahon

    Paper Structure

    Core paper for the Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (PGCertAeroRT) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (PGDipHealSc(AeroRT))

    Part of the Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) and 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 in odd years in the first semester.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Course outline

    Logistics is fundamentally the coordination of movement of personnel and equipment. In the aeromedical field this concerns getting the right crew, with the right equipment, using the right platform, to the right place, at the right time. As clinicians our focus is naturally on patient care. However, understanding logistics and being able to manage and plan non-clinical aspects of patient transport are essential to being an effective retrieval clinician - even more so to those clinicians with managerial and administrative roles.

    This paper explores aeromedical logistics and aims to provide an understanding of the logistic considerations and challenges involved in running an aeromedical retrieval service.

    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, scholarship, communication, critical thinking, self-motivation, teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of the paper will be able to:

    1. Describe what aeromedical logistics means and compare and contrast examples from across the spectrum of aeromedical services
    2. Critically appraise the systems, roles, teamwork, and decision-making processes involved in retrieval coordination and pre-flight preparation and planning
    3. Apply their understanding of the logistical considerations and constraints of aeromedical services to complex aeromedical taskings


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

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