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. The unit looks at the core aspects of aeromedical and retrieval medicine covering physics, planning and preparing strategies for successful operations within aeromedical, retrieval and tactical areas, rotary vs fixed wing transport, functioning in confined or limited spaces, human factors and operational concerns, the clinical issues, risks and challenges involved in transporting critically ill patients in the aeromedical environments. You will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts regarding risk analysis, safety concerns, teamwork and identify the effective communication and collaboration skills utilised within aeromedical, retrieval and tactical environments.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution 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 2 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 Profile

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. Portfolio 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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.

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More information on evaluating who requires winching or other complex procedures.
The final decision to undertake winching ideally lies with the aircraft captain and the winch is operated by the aircrewman. However, further information regarding these procedures and when they are used will be included on the unit's Moodle page for the students' information in future offerings of this unit.
Action Taken
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More content on Tactical Medicine
This unit is only a 6 credit unit, which covers an introduction to tactical medicine, aeromedical and retrievals. In future offerings this will be made more explicit on the unit's Moodle. Students who would like more training in Tactical Medicine would be directed to the handbook for further information on the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Tactical Medicine’.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan, prepare and implement strategies for successful operation within aeromedical, retrieval or tactical areas
  2. Integrate critical care clinical knowledge and functionality in aeromedical, retrieval and tactical operations
  3. Identify communication and collaborative skills utilised within aeromedical, retrieval and tactical environments
  4. Examine the clinical issues, risks and challenges involved in transporting critically ill patients in the aeromedical environment
  5. Develop an understanding of the concepts of risk analysis, team safety and teamwork in the aeromedical, retrieval and tactical environment.

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
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio