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Medical training takes to the water


Medical professionals from across Australia have travelled to Hobart this week to develop skills in maritime medicine.

The Medical Care on Offshore and Inland Waters short course is the only course of its kind in Australasia and is delivered by the University of Tasmania.

The new eight-day intensive course equips attendees with the specialised knowledge and skills to undertake medical roles providing both land based maritime support and on board clinical care.

“There is no existing course in Australasia that can prepare doctors, nurses and paramedics this highly specialised type of work,” program director Dr Edi Albert said.

“After spending the first couple of days learning the theory, attendees board the iconic replica tall ship, the Lady Nelson in Hobart, and travel down the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to put their new-found knowledge to the test.

“They have the opportunity to participate in practical scenarios and exercises including extrication of casualties, man overboard (MOB) drills and recovery of victims from the water.”

The maritime course is one in a suite of short courses offered as part of the Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments Program which also includes Expedition Medicine, Space Medicine and Extreme Sports Medicine.

The Program is run by the University’s Tasmanian School of Medicine.

“This new course builds on the University’s expertise in delivering education in the extreme environment health space,” Dr Albert said.

“Tasmania offers a unique setting, where its natural environment is globally renowned and provides the ideal setting to deliver this specialised training.”

For more information visit the Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments Program site here