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Expedition Medicine

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 a core unit as part of the Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments program.

These courses provide 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.

Expedition Medicine Course Information


* 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

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.


  • 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.

These courses are offered in partnership with the Australian Antarctic Division

2023 Dates

At capacity. Please email to be put on the waitlist.

  • Saturday 29th July – Saturday 5th August
  • Saturday 11th November – Saturday 18th November

2023 HREE Courses Calendar

2024 HREE Courses Calendar

For the Expedition Medicine 4th– 11th May 2024 course ONLY we are offering the opportunity to pre-register in 2023.

If you wish to take this option, please email and enter “Full Name – Expedition Medicine early registration request” in the subject line.

You will then be sent a manual registration form – Please note the registration payment will NOT be processed until January 2024.

ALL other course registrations will open in early January 2024.

If you would like to be emailed when registrations open, please let us know at

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.

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 course 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.

2023 Course Calendar