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Expedition Medicine

Event Name: Expedition Medicine
Start Date: 29th Jul 2023 (8am)
End Date: 5th Aug 2023 (5pm)
Contact/RSVP: This course is now at capacity, please contact to go on the waitlist.

These eight day intensive and practical residential courses 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 in the Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments program.

This course provides both theoretical and practical coverage of the following topics:

  • Pre-expedition planning and medical kits
  • Wilderness emergency medical response
  • Environmental medicine (cold injury, high altitude medicine and avalanche burial and rescue)
  • Search and rescue
  • Steep terrain rescue
  • Use of stretchers and splints
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Remote area communications
  • Navigation

ACRRM and RACGP QI&CPD points can be claimed for this course.

Download the brochure (PDF)


* The non-health professional category is intended to provide the opportunity for outdoor instructors and guides who have already completed WFR / WFA, or equivalent, and are looking for a higher level of training that they could not ordinarily access or afford. There is only one place per course at this lower rate and these places are available on a first come first served basis. These places are not available to anybody with a primary professional role in the health care sector, anybody undertaking the unit CAM631 or anybody who is sponsored by their employer.

#Students undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments (M5A) are required to complete this residential short course before they can undertake the assessment for CAM631 Expedition Medicine. The assessment must be completed within 12 months of undertaking the short course. Preferably in the next available study period following completion of the short course.

This price includes an extensive course manual, all meals, accommodation at Mount Cameron Field Study Centre, and return travel from Launceston to Mt Cameron.

PLEASE NOTE that FeeHelp (HELP) and HECS are not available for the Expedition Medicine unit, CAM631. The fee of $5434 must be paid in full at the time of registration. A fee waiver will then be applied to the Unit.

This course is offered in partnership with the Australian Antarctic Division


  • On the first day we will meet in Launceston before boarding the bus to Mount Cameron Field Study Centre for the remaining 8 days.

Pre-course Preparation

  • To access the pre-course preparation and to get a better feel of the what the course will be like please visit . You will need to create a login in that system to access the pre-course resources.

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Additional offer

Survive First Aid the company that facilitates the WFA course has worked closely with us to be able to offer people an easy and affordable option to complete the Certificate once completed Expedition Medicine.

Anyone wanting to attain their Wilderness First Aid Skill set can do so through Survive First Aid (RTO 40764) for a cost of $175 paid directly to Survive First Aid. To obtain this you will need to attend the final day only of any of Survive First Aid’s Public Wilderness Courses (Day 4) within 6 months of completing your Expedition Medicine Course to demonstrate your knowledge and skills within a practical setting.

For more information please visit the Survive First Aid website.

Further Study Options

Upon successful completion of this Expedition Medicine course, eligible participants are offered the opportunity to enrol in and complete our Expedition Medicine unit (CAM631) for credit towards the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments (M5A).

By undertaking further study, you will be able to deepen your knowledge of healthcare in remote and extreme environments.

In addition to Expedition medicine, other units available include:

  • CAM503 Operational Aspects of Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments
  • CAM619 Medicine in Extreme Environments
  • CAA500 Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Out of Hospital Practice (for Paramedics)
  • KHB701 Human Behaviour in Extreme Environments
  • CAM632 Humans in Space
  • CAM634 Extreme Sports Medicine
  • CAM635 Medical Care on Offshore and Inland Waters

For further details visit the website at

COVID-19 Information

Cancellation Policy for Expedition Medicine  Short Courses

  1. Cancellations advised in writing 28 days prior to the Short Course will be refunded in full.
  2. Cancellation due to illness, supported by a medical certificate, will be refunded in full.
  3. A refund will not be granted to any registrant that cancels up to 28 days prior to the commencement of the course, or fails to attend.
  4. Full payment is required upon registration
  5. The Tasmanian School of Medicine reserves the right to reschedule planned short courses. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, all paid short course fees will be refunded.