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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.

2022 Expedition Medicine Course Information


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 accommodation is not provided in Launceston on either the first or final Saturday nights. Participants will be required to make their own arrangements on this night.


  • The first two days of the course are held on the Newnham Campus (6km from CBD) in Launceston before moving to Mount Cameron Field Study Centre for the remaining 6 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

These courses are offered in partnership with the Australian Antarctic Division

2022 Dates

  • May 28th - June 4th - At capacity. Contact: to be placed on a waiting list
  • July 30th - August 6th - At capacity.
  • September 10th -  September 17th - At capacity.
  • November 12th - November 19th - At capacity.

2023 Dates – Registrations open January 2023

  • Saturday 15th April – Saturday 22nd April
  • Saturday 29th July – Saturday 5th August
  • Saturday 11th November – Saturday 18th November

(Course cost and location to stay the same as 2022)

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.

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