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Medical Care for Offshore and Inland Waters

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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.

2022 Medical Care for Offshore and Inland Waters Course Information



  • 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 stay overnight in Cygnet or Port Huon 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

2022 Dates

  • March 5th – March 12th
  • April 2nd – April 9th
  • October 22nd – October 29th - At capacity.

2023 Dates – Registrations open January 2023

  • Saturday 4th March – Saturday 11th March
  • Saturday 25th November – Saturday 2nd December

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

2022 HCREE Courses Calendar

These courses are offered in partnership with the Australian Antarctic Division

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