Faculty of Health

Expedition Medicine course offers something for everyone

Local and interstate participants encountered extreme medical situations on Maria Island recently, as they completed another successful eight-day University of Tasmania Expedition Medicine Course.

Run by the Faculty of Health’s Continuing Professional Development Unit at the School of Medicine in conjunction with the Australian Antarctic Division, the Summer Expedition Medicine Course attracted 21 participants including doctors, nurses, paramedics, medical students, army medics and outdoor expeditioners ranging in age from 22-50.

The course follows a Winter Expedition Medicine Course held at Bronte Park earlier this year.

Continuing Professional Development Unit Course Manager Susan Quarmby said the Expedition Medicine Course had a broad appeal.

“One of the many strengths of this course is that it has been designed to meet the needs of health professionals and non-health professionals working in remote locations who are seeking more than a standard Wilderness First Aid qualification,” she said.

The Expedition Medicine Course was co- developed over a decade ago by Associate Professor Edi Albert, the Coordinator of Remote & Polar Stream of the School of Medicine's Master of Public Health.

It has been running through the School of Medicine for the past two years.

Upon successful completion of the Expedition Medicine Course, eligible participants are offered the opportunity to enrol in the MPH Expedition Medicine Unit CAM 631 and gain credit towards a Master of Public Health or Bachelor of Health (Public Health) Professional Honours degree.

The School of Medicine offers a winter and summer Expedition Medicine Course each year with the winter course focusing on hostile, cold weather environments and the summer course having a steep terrain focus.

Both courses cover the same theory which includes cold injury management, wound repair, search and rescue techniques, rope skills, the use of splints and stretchers, steep terrain rescue and evacuation, remote area communication and navigation and field skills.