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Work on the road less travelled

Working in healthcare in remote and extreme environments is a great challenge, even for the most seasoned professional. You need to have the right knowledge and skills underpinning your actions. That’s why we offer the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments.

Welcome to the Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments Program

We are a diverse group of health professionals with extensive experience in working in remote and extreme environments – from aeromedical retrieval and helicopter rescue to endurance race medical support and solo medical practice in Antarctica, and from running charitable clinics in the Himalayas and providing medical support at the Olympics to coaching extreme sport athletes and advising the Australian Space Agency. We come together to provide educational programs in this exciting and rapidly evolving area of healthcare and to share our passion and experiences with you.

Below you will find information on our Graduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters program. These higher award programs are open only to doctors, nurse and paramedics. We do, however, offer an expanding range of educational options that are applicable to a much wider range of people. Visit our ever expanding offering of MOOCs and online courses, and browse the range of short courses.

Overview of course structures

Graduate Certificate

Semester 1:
CAM619 Medicine in Extreme Environments (Core)

Semester 2:
CAM503 Operational Aspects of Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments (Core)

Then choose two from the following:

KHB701 Human Behaviour in Extreme Environments
CAA500 Advanced Clinical Reasoning in Out of Hospital Practice (Paramedics only)
CAM631 Expedition Medicine
CAM632 Humans in Space
CAM634 Extreme Sports Medicine
CAM635 Medical Care on Inland and Offshore Waters

Graduate Diploma

Complete the:

  • Graduate Certificate
  • CAM720 Health Research Methods

Then choose an additional three electives from the following:

  • KHB701 Human Behaviour in Extreme Environments
  • CAA500 Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning in Out of Hospital Practice (Paramedics only)
  • CAM631 Expedition Medicine
  • CAM632 Humans in Space
  • CAM634 Extreme Sports Medicine
  • CAM635 Medical Care on Offshore and Inland Waters
  • CAM630 Practical Skills for Remote Medicine

Masters

Complete the Diploma and then choose one of two pathways: .

CAM723 and CAM724 plus one non-clinical unit relevant to your research project. Look over a full list of available units and a visual summary of the course structure.

This pathway involves the completion of a project that you will have already prepared as part of completion of CAM720. The project is intended to reflect your interests and the scope is broad: it may be laboratory or field research, it may be the implementation and evaluation of an educational or service intervention, it may be a publishable literature review, or something similar of equivalent academic standing. The project will be submitted in the form of a 10,000 word thesis.

This pathway is workplace based and involves a negotiated portfolio-based assessment that is both personalised and showcases your expertise. The workplace will be in one or more remote and extreme environment settings. For full details view the HREE Professional Practice Pathway information and guidelines.


Frequently Asked Questions

Detailed information on course content:

I needed a program that provided a wide variety of study areas, from medical evacuation theory to creating emergency plans for remote sites, to understanding the unique needs of workers in remote areas. Being able to study while sitting on the aft deck of a coast guard icebreaker at 70.7368° N, 117.7704° W in the Canadian Arctic was definitely a highlight.

- Laura Schreiber, Current student

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