MedSTAR Training

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MedSTAR has an extensive ongoing teaching, training and audit program to ensure our doctors, nurses and paramedics are performing at the highest level.

Modern training facilities provide multi scenario, segmented education to occur using the latest technology.  

MedSTAR collaborates with universities to ensure the very best education and training:

  • James Cook University to deliver the Post Graduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Masters in Public Health
  • Flinders University to deliver the Masters of Retrieval Practitioner program.

Training for doctors

Doctors working at MedSTAR receive orientation prior to undertaking any retrieval. Initially a consultant or clinical fellow accompanies new doctors. During a six-month term, a doctor can expect to complete more than 100 adult retrieval missions.

Neonatal / paediatric registrars working a six-month rotation can expect to complete 30 or more retrievals, of which approximately half will be newborn infants and half older infants and children. These clinicians are also supported by a medical consultant and fellows.

All MedSTAR’s training requirements, competency assessments and determinants of operational currency are standardised. Training medical officer positions will be enhanced and we will maintain accreditation with the relevant critical care medical colleges:

  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
  • Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
  • Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (JFICM).

During the 2010-11 year MedSTAR rotated 12 Adult registrars/fellows and 10 Paediatric registrars.  All new staff must complete training to maintain competencies suitable for the Service.  These registrars completed:

  • James Cook University – Clinical Care Skills Course – part of the Post Graduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)
  • Fixed and Rotary wing safety accreditation
  • Medical equipment and clinical competencies
  • SAAS Driver Training
  • Team Resource Management (TRM)

Training for nurses  and paramedics

Critical care nurses and Intensive Care paramedics have a clearly defined scope of practice requiring professional extension regardless of clinical background.

We use a range of educational tools including clinical audit, research, personal mentoring (including clinical observation) and weekly teaching activities.

Courses offered

Other training courses supported by MedSTAR include:

  • Advanced Driver Training
  • Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN)
  • Child Protection
  • Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST)  
  • Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
  • Paediatric Life support (PLS)
  • Radio communications.
  • Retrieval Practitioner Pilot Program

As a commitment to a model of practice that promotes health promotion and preventative health care, MedSTAR are piloting a Retrieval Practitioner Pilot Program in conjunction with Flinders University.  

One nurse and one paramedic are currently participating in the pilot with both practical and theoretical components that will lead to a Masters of Retrieval Practitioner and inform a review of how a Retrieval Practitioner may fit into pre-hospital and inter-hospital retrieval.

For more information on MedSTAR work practices see the MedSTAR Retrieval Model (PDF 110 KB)

For more information about MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service including contact details go to the MedSTAR service page.