This course may require some on-campus attendance
- Online: February, July
^total estimated tuition fee
Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible
1 year part-time
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline and two years of relevant postgraduate experience; or equivalent
Build on your qualifications as a doctor, nurse, or paramedic to work with aeromedical evacuation systems. Pursue an exciting medical career that will equip you to take your health services to the people who need it most.
Through JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval, you will gain specific skills in pre-hospital and secondary retrieval situations in accordance with Australian and International healthcare standards. As you study the foundations of and essential skills in aeromedical retrieval, you will learn how to manage patient transportation in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters in both domestic and international contexts. You will apply your knowledge by solving real-world problems and engaging in simulation-based scenarios developed by highly professional and well-regarded clinical aeromedical retrieval specialists.
You will examine models of aeromedical care, aircraft characteristics and flight-specific problems, aircraft flight and safety, medical equipment and clinical care in the aeromedical environment. You will also study the legislation, insurance and special issues associated with aeromedical retrieval in both domestic and international contexts.
You will have the opportunity to participate in a three-day in-person block mode subject delivered in Townsville that involves learning from clinical experts from various aeromedical retrieval services throughout Australia. You’ll get to participate in field trips to examine operational rotary wing, fixed-wing and military aeromedical retrieval assets up close, giving you insight into working with such vehicles.
As a specialist in aeromedical retrieval, you will be equipped to provide medical and health services within multiple environments and contexts. Your skills in patient management will apply to treatment and care pre-hospital, bedside in the referring hospital, in-flight and during the handover process at the end of a mission.
The subjects that you study within your aeromedical retrieval degree will give you knowledge in pre-hospital retrieval medicine and interfacility critical care retrievals through the life span from neonatal, paediatric adults to geriatrics. The breadth of medical studies available in JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval will prepare you to provide medical services in any emergency situation.
Consult the handbook for further information.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval.
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, both in Australia or internationally. JCU Aeromedical Retrieval graduates learn and develop specialised skills working in high-pressure situations that can broaden career options.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
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 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Additional selection requirements
Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
12 credit points
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval .
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
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
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Some optional subjects may require face-to-face on campus attendance
Expected time to complete
1 year part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Supplementary exam for final subject
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF AEROMEDICAL RETRIEVAL
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable, this course does not include majors
Exit with lesser award
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD16,800.00
A 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.
Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval
I have a big love for pre hospital trauma and I would really love to pursue a career in aeromedical retrieval in a civilian and military capacity. This course is the only one of its kind in Australia and it is giving me the base and knowledge I need to expand my career, especially the aerial and the marine diving side.
Dr Richard Harris SC OAM
Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval
The highlight of my 2 years study was visiting the campus to do a study block. As an experienced medical professional already, it was fantastic for me to meet the other students and lecturers who shared my interests. All in all, it was a great experience.
Aeromedical retrieval is a highly specialised clinical environment. This course, and our job is to teach students how to apply their critical care training and experience, be that from medicine, nursing or paramedicine in the unique retrieval environment.