Faculty of Health

Expedition Medicine (Winter)


Intensive course in expedition medicine

Start Date

25th Jul 2015 9:00am

End Date

1st Aug 2015 5:00pm


University of Tasmania School of Medicine, Medical Science Precinct, 17 Liverpool Street, Hobart; Arm River, Tasmania

RSVP / Contact Information

Enquiries Sue Quarmby
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These 8 day intensive, and practical residential courses have been running since 2006 and were the first of their kind in Australia. Originally run through General Practice Training Tasmania, they are now being offered by the University of Tasmania in partnership with the Australian Antarctic Division as stand alone courses or as an elective unit as part of the Remote and Polar Health stream of our Master of Public Health program.

The courses are taught by the same dynamic team of doctors and mountain guides that have provided these courses since their inception and are suitable for doctors, nurses paramedics, senior students of these disciplines, and for experienced outdoor instructors, guides, and teachers who want the next level beyond the standard first aid courses.

Workshop Content:

At present we are offering two expedition medicine courses, both with the same core content, but with a slightly different focus. The winter skills course provides a more hostile environment, and has become routine training for doctors working with the Australian Antarctic Division, whereas the summer course provides a more in depth opportunity to focus on steep terrain rescue techniques.

The practical aspects begin with simple skill stations and build through the week in length and complexity. By the end of the course you will have been involved in several extended, realistic search and rescue exercises, and put together all your new knowledge and skills to respond to sick and injured people. Our courses provide both theoretical and practical coverage of the following topics:

  • pre-expedition planning and medical kits
  • wilderness emergency medical response
  • search and rescue
  • steep terrain rescue
  • use of stretchers and splints
  • leadership and teamwork,
  • remote area communications
  • navigation, and environmental medicine (cold injury, high altitude medicine, and avalanche burial and rescue).

Accreditation is available as a full unit of study at the University of Tasmania, for continuing professional development (accredited with ACRRM and RACGP- category one) and as a Wilderness First Aid course through our partner RTO.

This course has been approved for a ONE DAY GP PROCEDURAL SKILLS TRAINING GRANT of $2000 per day. These grants are offered by the Australian Government for rural and remote GPs to maintain their skills. For more details please contact Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).


Medical Professionals: $4,180 (GST incl)

Other Professions/ students: $2,200 (GST incl)

This price includes an extensive course manual, all meals, accommodation in Arm River or Maria Island,  and return travel from Hobart to Arm River or Maria Island.