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Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments

Turn your study into an adventure.

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.

You’ll learn from a diverse group of health professionals with extensive experience in working in remote and extreme environments – from aeromedical retrieval and helicopter rescues to endurance race medical support and solo medical practice in Antarctica.

Course Options

Master of Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments

1.5 years min, 5 years max
Online

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Graduate Diploma of Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments

1 year min, 4 years max
Online

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Graduate Certificate in Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments

0.5 year min, 2 years max
Online

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Developed in collaboration with the Australian Antarctic Division and the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine.

An eight day expedition medicine intensive residential course puts theory into practice.

Study a wide variety of areas, from medical evacuation theory to creating emergency plans for remote sites, to understanding the unique needs of workers in remote areas.

Study options

Expedition medicine

This unit is an intensive, residential course providing practical skills to support the online units offered in the program. It commences with a focus on basic knowledge and skills in the following domains: expedition preparation and planning, wilderness emergency medical response, search and rescue, remote area communications, navigation, steep terrain rescue, use of stretchers and splints, and cold injury and high altitude medicine.

Humans in space

Aerospace medicine is a growing sub-specialty. This unit is developed in collaboration with the Australasian Society of Aero-space Medicine (ASAM), focusing on the environmental challenges and technological adaptions for survival in space. It explores the physiological and patho-physiological responses of humans in space, and applies principles of space analogue research to inform the development of solutions to long-term space travel.

Human Behaviour in Extreme Environments

In this online unit, you’ll learn about the factors that characterise an environment as extreme. You’ll consider how individuals and groups can manage distress in these environments and enhance resilience. Extreme environments considered include Antarctica, outer space, military operations, disaster sites, and cults. In this unit, you will examine how intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organisational factors influence the challenges posed by extreme environments.

Course breakdown

1

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments

50 credit points

Semester 1:

  • Medicine in Extreme Environments (Core)

Semester 2:

  • Operational Aspects of Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments (Core)

Then choose two from the following:

  • Advance clinical reasoning in out of hospital practice
  • Expedition medicine
  • Humans in space
  • Extreme sports medicine
  • Medical care on offshore and inland waters
  • Human behaviour in extreme environments

2

Graduate Diploma of Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments

100 credit points

Complete the Graduate Certificate and the following core unit:
  • Health Research Methods

Then choose an additional three electives from the following:

  • Advanced clinical reasoning in out of hospital practice
  • Practical skills for remote health care
  • Expedition medicine
  • Humans in space
  • Extreme sports medicine
  • Medical care on offshore and inland waters
  • Human behaviour in extreme environments

3

Master of Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments

150 credit pooints

Complete the Graduate Diploma and then choose from a research or professional pathway.

Professional pathway: Develop a portfolio-based assessment that is in one or more remote and extreme environment settings.

Research pathway: A project to reflect your interests with a broad scope: laboratory or field research, implementation and evaluation of an educational or service intervention, a publishable literature review, or a similar activity.

Career outlook

Extreme study

"There’s no triple zero down there. We are the fire brigade, we are the search and rescue service. These are ordinary people. Plumbers, mechanics, chefs. We ask people to step right outside their normal environments and take on these emergency services roles There’s a lot of professional challenges and psychological challenges to get into that mindset that you have to be prepared to meet any situation that might occur."

Learn more about Jan Wallace's story

Projected number of new healthcare jobs

252k

Five years to 2024

Full-time role share of employment market

53.6%

In the healthcare industry

Percentage of unfilled vacancies in healthcare

45%

In 2017/18 financial year, up from 34% in previous year

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.