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Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval

February, July
12 months part-time
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Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline and two years of relevant postgraduate experience; or equivalent AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline and two years of relevant postgraduate experience; or equivalent
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Gain specialist skills for an exciting and rewarding career with the Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval at JCU. Graduate with the expertise to manage patient transportation in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters in both domestic and international contexts.

Build on your qualification as a doctor, nurse, or paramedic to work with aeromedical evacuation systems. You will gain specific skills in pre-hospital and secondary retrieval situations in accordance with Australian and International healthcare standards.

Develop a broad understanding of the foundations of aeromedical retrieval and the essential skills required. Choose from various subjects to tailor your degree to your interests.

Enhance your current qualifications. Graduates of JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval are highly-skilled, sought-after health professionals.

Consult the handbook or further information.

Career Opportunities

JCU Aeromedical Retrieval graduates lead dynamic and engaging careers in health care.

You could find employment as a retrieval physician, a flight nurse, or a flight paramedic. Graduates work in not-for-profit, government health services, military and non-government organisations.

Your work is likely to take you to remote and interesting locations, either in Australia or internationally. JCU Aeromedical Retrieval graduates learn and develop very specialised skills working in high-pressure situations that can broaden career options.

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

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Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline, from this or another university and two years of relevant postgraduate experience; or

Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above; or

Submission, as an exceptional case, of other evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of five years in health-related activities.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.  In assessing applications the following will be considered: prior academic performance and prior relevant work experience.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply specialist knowledge in the discipline of aeromedical retrievals within the depth of Australian and International health care, specific to the pre-hospital and secondary retrieval environment

  • Review, analyse, consolidate and process information, data and evidence to undertake clinical assessment, management and evaluation of the person requiring aeromedical retrieval

  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through advanced literacy and numeracy skills to specialist and non-specialist audiences

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for continuing professional development requirements based on reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes and their application to the specialty of aeromedical retrieval.

Course Structure


TM5560:03 Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval

TM5566:03 Essential Skills in Aeromedical Retrievals

TM5576:03 Adult Secondary Retrievals or TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals


Select 3 credit points of specified level 5 subjects

HS5102:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

HS5555:03 Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings

IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change

TM5002:03 Infectious Diseases

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5503:03 Human Parasitology

TM5506:03 Social Science in Public Health

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5513:03 Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5518:03 Medical Entomology

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5527:03 Project

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5529:03 Applied Health Economics

TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics

TM5536:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5569:03 Health Promotion Strategies and Methods

TM5571:03 Public Health Placement

TM5576:03 Adult Secondary Retrievals

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals





Some optional subjects may require face-to-face on campus attendance


Expected time to complete

12 months part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Not applicable

Maximum allowed

Not applicable


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Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable, this course does not include majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: $16,120 (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Experience has no substitute

Get the real life, hands-on experience that you need to excel in your career. JCU student Ben explains how he benefited from this Aeromedical Retrieval course.