Essential Aspects of Aeromedical Retrieval - RFDS STAR Program

This course is a totally different postgraduate medical training experience that captures all the elements of current emergency medicine and trauma courses whilst focusing the participant on the unique aspects of prehospital, aeromedical and retrieval medicine.

This course is for doctors, nurses or paramedics either currently working within the aeromedical environment or looking to gain an insight into this unique specialty. For more information download the Course Brochure here.  pdf format STAR Program Flyer - Essentials 2015-16 (730.81 KB)

The style of the three day training is one of total immersive learning which will challenge you both physically and mentally. As retrieval emergencies can occur at all hours, the course program schedule similarly spans into all hours and provides realistic prehospital simulation training as well as the latest updates in prehospital emergency medicine and aeromedical intensive care.

The course format includes:

  • Short didactic presentations
  • Case presentations
  • Video/photo analysis of real world clinical cases
  • Scenario based sessions including a night time primary response scenario in an outdoors stting
  • "Hands-on" exposure to relevant equipment
  • Practical sessions based around a dedicated aeromedical fixed wing aircraft, where available
  • Procedural skill stations
  • Small group discussions.

If you are looking for a course with a point of difference and a challenge for your professional development in critical care and emergency medicine then this course is designed for you. It is tailored for the advanced graduate learner and deliberately deals with controversies and the evidence base for current and future advances in critical care in this challenging environment.

Topics covered may include:

  • Introduction to Aeromedical Retrieval Medicine
  • The Emergency Medical System
  • Transport Modality Choices
  • Introduction to Aviation Physiology
  • Aviation Physiology - Real World Cases
  • Human Factors in Aeromedical Retrieval
  • Principles of Interfacility Transportation
  • Paediatric Retrieval
  • The Bariatric Patient
  • The Disturbed Patient
  • Preparing the Critically Ill for Transport
  • Drugs and Equipment in the Aeromedical Environment
    ...and more

You will receive a course manual that is written by an Australian faculty and serves to demonstrate our commitment to providing evidence based but practical teaching in this exciting field of specialist medicine.  We have no assessments in the course because we believe learning is best done in a relaxed, open manner to facilitate free thinking and problem solving.

Participants have rated the Essential Aspects of Aeromedical Retrieval course as an enormous success - "a fabulous program with great teachers, good information and lots of useful take home messages"; "The best CME program I've done in ages." Highlights of the program included "case discussions, primary response scenarios and obstetrics".

The Course is limited to 24 participants, therefore early registration is highly recommended.

Course Dates 2015 >

20, 21, 22 November, 2015 - Brisbane pdf format RFDS STAR Program - Registration BNE November 2015 (68.97 KB)

Early bird registration by: Monday 21 September, 2015

Venue: Queensland Combined Emergency Services Academy, Whyte Island, Lytton, Brisbane

Course Dates 2016 >

13, 14, 15 May - Brisbane - Early bird registration by: 14 March, 2016 pdf format RFDS STAR Program - Registration BNE May 2016 (68.97 KB)

22, 23, 24 August - Queenstown, NZ (Precedes ASA+FNA Conference in Queenstown 24 - 26 Aug) - Early bird registration by 20 June pdf format RFDS STAR Program - Registration Queenstown Aug 2016 (68.87 KB)

21, 22, 23 October - Brisbane -  Early bird registration by: 22 August, 2016 pdf format RFDS STAR Program - Registration BNE Oct 2016 (68.97 KB)

For further information, please contact:

Kerry O'Connor

ph: (07) 4040 0135 or email