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AVME722 Organisation of Aeromedical Systems

Establishing an aeromedical service; administration of an aeromedical service; standards, quality, and quality control; international differences in approach; insurance and travel assistance; personnel selection and training; medico-legal issues; military AME; major incident response.

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

Paper title Organisation of Aeromedical Systems
Paper code AVME722
Subject Aviation Medicine
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (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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Limited to
MAvMed, MHealSc, 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

Paper Structure
Additional Paper for the Postgraduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport. Part of the Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) and Master of Health Sciences endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (MHealSc(AeroRT).
Teaching Arrangements

This is a fully distance-taught paper and is taught in even years in the second semester.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course outline

This paper is concerned predominantly with the establishment and organisation of civilian aeromedical organisations, although one module examines the structure and operation of military systems and how they can collaborate with civilian health care providers. Another module discusses aeromedical contributions to major incident management, taking some recent events as models of both logistic and strategic solutions to aeromedical problems.

The remaining modules describe the major issues in the set up and day to day management of air ambulance and other aeromedical organisations. Despite the wide disparity between the modus operandi and mission profiles of systems around the world, common problems that are faced by all of them are discussed. These include such topics as financial management and funding, flight and medical operations, staff recruitment and training, quality control and audit, and issues of medico-legal concern.

Overall, the intention is to provide an understanding of organisational matters required of aeromedical professionals faced with the establishment or daily administration of an air ambulance or medical assistance company. AVME722 offers some vital key competencies for existing aeromedical practitioners and for those who wish to develop careers in patient transportation.

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
The learning outcomes of this paper will coincide with the modules taught; these modules are
  • Establishing an Aeromedical Service
  • Administration of an Aeromedical (Patient Transport) Service
  • Standards, Quality and Quality Control
  • International Differences in Approach
  • Insurance and Medical Assistance
  • Personnel Selection and Training
  • Medicolegal Issues in Aeromedical Transport
  • Military Aeromedical Evacuation
  • Major Incident Response

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Not offered in 2023

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