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Medical Care on Offshore and Inland Waters

These eight-day intensive and practical residential courses are now being offered by the University of Tasmania as stand-alone courses or as an elective 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-trip planning and medical kits
  • Telemedicine and maritime support
  • Environmental medicine (marine envenomation, cold water immersion, drowning, hypothermia)
  • Maritime Search and rescue
  • Maritime occupational health
  • Shipboard safety and emergency drills
  • Casualty extrication and transfer
  • Diving and free-diving in remote areas
  • VHF radio communications
  • Navigation and meteorology
  • Swift water safety and rescue

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

Medical Care on Offshore and Inland Waters Course Information


#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 CAM635 Medical Care on Offshore and inland waters. The assessment must be completed within 12 months of undertaking the short course. You must be enrolled in the Unit CAM635 in the same semester as the short course in order to complete the assessment.

PLEASE NOTE that FeeHelp (HELP) and HECS are not available for the Medical Care on Offshore and Inland Waters unit, CAM635. The fee of $5434 must be paid in full at the time of registration. A fee waiver will then be applied to the Unit.


  • The course starts in Hobart or the first 3 days at the Medical School and a swift-water session on the river Derwent before heading off on the replica tall ship “The Lady Nelson” to turn theory into practice. We will be staying in the Huon Valley area and finish back in Hobart. The final Saturday is back at the School of Medicine.
  • Please note accommodation is not provided on the first Saturday, Sunday and Monday and the final Friday night.

Pre-course Preparation

  • To access the pre-course preparation, program, venue information and to get a better feel for 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.

2023 Dates – Registrations open January 2023

  • Saturday 25th November – Saturday 2nd December

2023 HREE Courses Calendar

2024 HREE Courses Calendar

COVID-19 Information

Cancellation Policy for Medical Care on Offshore and Inland Waters

  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 commencemnt of the, 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