Courses & Units

Medical First Aid at Sea JVD226


“Students will gain sufficient knowledge and skill as detailed in Section A-VI/4 para 1 through 3, and Table A-VI/4-1 of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers who have responsibility to provide medical first aid to the sick or injured while on board ship”.


Unit name Medical First Aid at Sea
Unit code JVD226
Credit points 3.85
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Coordinator Mr Anthony Beckett
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston AMC MT Main Block 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston AMC MT Main Block 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston AMC MT Post Block 4 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
AMC MT Post Block 4 13/11/2023 20/12/2023 23/12/2023 24/12/2023
AMC MT Main Block 1 30/1/2023 8/6/2023 9/6/2023 11/6/2023
AMC MT Main Block 3 12/6/2023 9/11/2023 10/11/2023 12/11/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • ILO1: Explain structural and functional components of the human body.
  • ILO2: Ensure risk of harm to self and others is always minimised.
  • ILO3: Identify the probable cause of sickness or injury through thorough, immediate, and contemporary medical examination.
  • ILO4: Apply immediate medical procedures in response to a medical emergency.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
069907 $319.00 $319.00 not applicable $913.84

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Teaching Pattern

Lecture and practical application as follows:

4 x 3 hour classroom face to face lectures

4 x 4 hour practical application of skill and knowledge learnt delivered by way of typical medical first aid scenarios as an individual and as part of a small group. 

AssessmentAT1 Multiple Choice assessment (30%)|AT3 Demonstrate applied Knowledge and Skill as part of a small group. (30%)|AT2 Demonstrate applied knowledge and skill as an individual (40%)
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An current copy of Advanced First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation book along with a student learners resource is provided at commencement of the course..


It is a recommendation that students familiarise themselves with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, (IMDG) particularly Volume 2 "dangerous goods list" and also the IMDG Supplement, particularly the Medical First Aid Guide (MFAG).

Both of these are available via the University of Tasmania Library data base search, Regs4ships, IMO Codes, IMDG Code.

Further to the text above it would help students understand Medical First Aid requirements on board if they familiarised themselves with IMO and ILO requirements around health, hygiene, safety and welfare arrangements on a ship.  

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