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Welcome to the Occupational and Aviation Medicine Unit

Welcome! Haere mai!

The diverse and industry-connected Occupational & Aviation Medicine international distance learning programme was established in 1987, initially with students in New Zealand, then Australia, and now worldwide. The programme recognises the needs of graduates and employers by developing a wide range of competencies to meet the demands of the highly specialised professions of occupational medicine, aviation medicine, and aeromedical retrieval and transport.

At first glance, the wide range of papers and qualifications seems bewildering, but this means that we can tailor a programme that meets YOUR personal and professional development needs. Other than our PhD research programmes, all taught papers are part-time and distance taught, so there is no requirement to come to New Zealand. We do however have a residential component for Diploma and Masters students in a one week, annual Professional Visits Programme (PVP) in September each year. This was held in Dubai in 2017, in Taipei in 2018, and will be held in Lisbon in 2019. Future PVPs in North America and Australasia are planned.

We offer a range of Masters degree programmes, ranging from our flagship Master of Aviation Medicine programme, to the specialised Master of Occupational Medicine, Master of Aeromedical Retrieval & Transport, and Master of Health Sciences (for allied health professionals) programmes that offer a wide range of choices in terms of taught and research papers.

Our Diploma in Occupational Medicine qualification is recognised as meeting the requirements for academic training specified by a number of professional bodies, including the Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine, and Hong Kong Medical Council.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine is an introductory one year programme for Aviation Medical Examiners worldwide and fulfils the International Civil Aviation Medicine training requirements. Our graduates qualify for admission to the more complex Class 1 European Aviation Safety Authority approvals programme.

Air ambulance and international assistance Medical Directors receive training in aeromedical retrieval and transport from Occupational & Aviation Medicine at Otago. We offer unique training opportunities for doctors wanting to become involved or upskilled in the field.

In addition to these opportunities for self-development, we offer distinct learning opportunities:

  • Teaching staff are all part-time, and actively engaged in their fields of professional practice; their combined expertise, experience and networks available to students are beyond the scope of any other academic institution.
  • Occupational & Aviation Medicine offers a unique mix of papers in occupational medicine, aviation medicine, and aeromedical retrieval and transport that can be tailored to the needs of a student with any background, any career aspiration and any location within the globe.
  • Our students are busy professionals, who cannot take time out from their busy work commitments for personal and professional development; part time international distance learning gives our students the flexibility to access the education they need (instead of the education a teaching institution wants to provide!).
  • Our students are part of a highly supportive and interactive global classroom, with students from diverse personal and professional backgrounds, but all part of our collegial learning community and international network. These links and the desire for life-long learning last long after the end of your formal study.

Programme Manager

Tel +64 4 385 5590
Email oamu@otago.ac.nz