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    Conducting a review; governance models for assistance operations; management of networks; personnel issues; telemedicine; ethical dilemmas; risk management strategies; medical equipment; major incident management; audit and continuous quality improvement models.

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

    About this paper

    Paper title International Assistance Operations
    Subject Aviation Medicine
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,938.00
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    MAeroRT, MAvMed, MHealSc (Endorsed)

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    Teaching staff

    Gareth Richards

    Teaching Arrangements

    This is a fully distance-taught paper and is taught each year in the second semester.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of the paper will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate understanding of International Medical Assistance (IMA) operations including understanding of the scope of IMA services, and IMA operational, governance and funding structures.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of the global context of IMA operations and the unique challenges that influence the ability to deliver safe and effective care in this global context. Be able to characterise the ways in which IMA organisations meet these challenges.
    3. Be able to describe the role of a physician working in the IMA field, and be able to classify the range of clinical and non-clinical competencies required of physicians working in the IMA field by relating these to their understanding of the scope of IMA services in a global context.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of the operational approaches used, and constraints faced by, IMA organisations when managing or retrieving patients with complex health needs internationally (including from remote and hostile areas).
    5. Evaluate the ethical and medico-legal risks and challenges of International Medical Assistance.
    6. Apply the knowledge gained to the safe planning and execution of international clinical case management and international medical retrieval and to critically appraise the quality of IMA and international aeromedical evacuation providers.
    7. Critically appraise and research literature pertinent to an IMA topic and write a literature review of that topic.


    Semester 2

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