Research can be undertaken at the diploma, master's, or PhD level. For more information regarding research within Occupational and Aviation Medicine please contact email@example.com – Course Director, Research.
Current student research
- Fatigue and non-technical skills performance in critical care aeromedical transfer clinicians – PhD
- Enhancement of Non-Technical Skills of Health Professionals and Teams in the Acute Obstetric Aeromedical Transport – PhD
- Trends and relationships between pilot aging and simulator performance in commercial pilots – MHealSc (Aviation Medicine)
- An examination of paramedic use of point of care ultrasound in the pre-hospital setting – MHealSc (Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport)
Recent student research (Thesis)
- Cardiovascular risk assessment in airline pilots – PhD (Aviation Medicine)
- Participation in a blood and body fluid exposure programme in a multinational healthcare facility in an emerging country – PhD (Occupational Medicine)
- Relationship of individual pilot factors to simulated flight performance – Master's Thesis (AvMed)
- Is the use of non-invasive haemoglobin measurements accurate and reliable during the transfer of sick and injured patients utilising air ambulance aircraft? – Master's Thesis (AeroRT)
Recent student research (AVME 780 and summer studentships)
- Effects of reducing exposure to whole-body vibration on low back and neck pain in locomotive engineers
- Key competencies in air ambulance assistance medicine
- Factors influencing retention in the paramedic workforce
- Drug and alcohol use in farm workers
- Body Mass Index in young airline pilots: Does BMI change during training and does it correlate with sickness absence once qualified?
- Does the use of a specific clinical pathway expedite Emergency Department (ED) processing times for S-T Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) patients?
- Can student paramedics successfully assess a potential spinal injury patient using a spinal immobilization algorithm and subsequently correctly immobilize this patient if required?
- Aeromedical transfer of patients with ST segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction for Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: in a rural New Zealand setting
- Does crew qualification improve patient outcome following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in New Zealand?
- Inter-hospital aeromedical transports within New Zealand: Investigating the incidence of physiological adverse events
- Treatment of paediatric patients in the community by extended care paramedics
- Anaesthetics oxygen mixtures during cardiac procedures
What is involved in doing a research based master's degree in Aviation Medicine?
The MHealSc endorsed in Aviation Medicine must include four core Aviation Medicine papers (AVME711 – 714), an approved research methods paper such as AVME 785, and research to the total value of 240 points. The research phase can take the form of a thesis (equivalent to 120 points and expected to take two years part-time); or it can be of shorter duration in the form of a research project plus some extra papers. Those who plan to progress on to a PhD in the future are advised to undertake the thesis-based research Masters option. For more information on undertaking a research based Masters degree contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What other research based degrees does OAM offer?
We are always happy to hear from students interested in completing a PhD with the OAMU. We also offer a Research Master's endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport, or Occupational Medicine. There is a Thesis version (which leads to the PhD) or a Research Project version. More about the different research masters' options.
What facilities are available?
Supervision of research is largely carried out at a distance. Students are expected to work independently with regular contact with their research supervisors. Research can be undertaken at a facility of your choosing. There is no aerospace medicine laboratory at the University of Otago, Wellington.