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PMSC20007 - Aeromedical, Retrieval and Tactical Medicine

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will give you the specific knowledge and skills to function in aeromedical, retrieval and tactical medicine areas as a critical care paramedic. Using a practical, evidence based approach, the unit looks at the core aspects of aeromedical and retrieval medicine covering physics, planning and preparing, rotary vs fixed wing transport, functioning in confined or limited spaces, human factors and operational concerns, clinical issues and challenges faced using aviation transport. From there, it covers unique issues to tactical medicine regarding risk analysis, safety concerns, law enforcement and security teamwork, functioning and giving clinical treatment in small or large scale operations. It concludes on shared key aspects in these areas of medicine: collaboration, communication and support of other personnel or organisations.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2016

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Off-campus Activity 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 18.18% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have your Say
I enjoyed the use of guest lecturers who are currently employed within the specialty field of aeromedicine.
We will continue to include these specialty resources within the unit.
Action Taken
We have continued to use these specialty resources within the unit.
Source: Have your Say
I appreciated how approachable the Unit coordinator was and how understanding they were of real-world issues that may be impacting on students within the prehospital profession.
Continue to offer students academic support, acknowledging the challenges that affect their studies.
Action Taken
We continue to offer students academic support, acknowledging the challenges that affect their studies.
Source: Have your Say
"I think the utilisation of 4 weeks to the tactical medicine component whilst highly valuable may have been too much based on current terrorism threat level and real world application currently in Australia."
We also received feedback from a student on My Experience asking for more Tactical Medicine content to be included. As this unit will not be offered in the future, there are no further recommendations.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply the fundamental underpinnings regarding physics, rotary vehicles, fixed wing aircrafts, functioning in confined spaces and transport during aeromedical and retrieval medicine
  2. Implement planning and preparing strategies for successful operational work inside aeromedical, retrieval or tactical areas
  3. Examine the clinical issues, risks and challenges involved in the transporting critically ill patients in the aeromedical environment
  4. Integrate critical care clinical knowledge and skills into the delivery of medicine for aeromedical, retrieval and tactical operations
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of risk analysis, teamwork with law enforcement and security agencies, clinician and team safety in tactical environments
  6. Exhibit interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills with other healthcare professionals and personnel involved in the areas of aeromedical, retrieval and tactical medicine

A Graduate Diploma is now the standard requirement for many state ambulance services for advanced positions in the paramedic field. These positions have speciality areas that include aeromedical, retrieval and tactical areas.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Off-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Off-campus Activity