RFDS Star Program

Specialised Training in Aeromedical Retrieval (STAR)

The RFDS QLD Section transports over 10,000 patients per year – that's almost 30 every single day – which means that our teams have an enormous wealth of experience in all aspects of Aeromedical Retrieval. Furthermore, the geography of Queensland means that much of this work is conducted in remote areas with long transport times to definitive care.

The retrieval and transport of critically ill patients remains one of the most challenging aspects of modern medicine. There is a requirement for practitioners to possess a broad range of critical care skills and be able to apply them in a highly restrictive and unpredictable environment.

The RFDS QLD Section has combined all of this expertise into creating the RFDS STAR Program - Specialised Training in Aeromedical Retrieval.The major focus of this program is to improve the delivery of clinical care in aeromedical retrieval. This will give you the opportunity to receive training and education in all aspects of this challenging discipline.

Key Components of the RFDS STAR Program


The Essential Aspects of Aeromedical Retrieval course is a highly immersive course available to all those with an interest in retrieval medicine.This course is a totally different postgraduate medical training experience that captures all the elements of current emergency medicine and trauma courses whilst focusing the participant on the unique aspects of prehospital, aeromedical and retrieval medicine.

This course is for doctors, registered nurses or paramedics either currently working within the aeromedical environment or looking to gain an insight into this unique specialty. 

The style of the three day training is one of total immersive learning which will challenge you both physically and mentally. As retrieval emergencies can occur at all hours, the course program schedule similarly spans into all hours and provides realistic prehospital simulation training as well as the latest updates in prehospital emergency medicine and aeromedical intensive care.

If you are looking for a course with a point of difference and a challenge for your professional development in critical care and emergency medicine then this course is designed for you. It is tailored for the advanced graduate learner and deliberately deals with controversies and the evidence base for current and future advances in critical care in this challenging environment.

Topics covered may include:

  • The Emergency Medical System
  • Introduction to Aeromedical Retrieval Medicine
  • Transport Modality Choices
  • Introduction to Aviation Physiology
  • Aviation Physiology - Real World Cases
  • Human Factors in Aeromedical Retrieval
  • Principles of Interfacility Transportation
  • Paediatric Retrieval
  • The Bariatric Patient
  • The Disturbed Patient
  • Preparing the Critically Ill for Transport
  • Drugs and Equipment in the Aeromedical Environment

      You will receive a course manual that is written by an Australian faculty and serves to demonstrate our commitment to providing evidence based but practical teaching in this exciting field of specialist medicine. We have no assessments in the course because we believe learning is best done in a relaxed, open manner to facilitate free thinking and problem solving.

      Participants have rated the Essential Aspects of Aeromedical Retrieval course as an enormous success

      "a fabulous program with great teachers, good information and lots of useful take home messages"

      "The best CME program I've done in ages."

      Highlights of the program included "case discussions, primary response scenarios and obstetrics".

      The Course is limited to 24 participants, therefore early registration is highly recommended.

        2019 Course Dates


        3/4/5 May, 2019

        23/24 November, 2019*

        *please note there will be a program remodelling for November. One day will be replaced with an online interactive e-learning module. 


        For further information or enquiries please email star@rfdsqld.com.au.

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