Aeromedical Evacuation Course


The AME course is designed for Nurses, Paramedics, ESOs, Doctors, medical students and Emergency Response Teams who are working or intend to work in or around a air ambulance or rescue helicopter. This is predominantly a practical introductory course that covers;


  • Aviation Physiology
  • Medical and rescue equipment
  • Aircraft familiarisation
  • Patient preparation and packaging
  • hot stretcher loading
  • Winch techniques
  • Safely working within the helicopter
  • exiting the aircraft on uneven ground
  • hover loading, and live winching
  • Fixed wing stretcher systems

The course has been designed to meet the requirements of the Aviation Industry of New Zealand (AIANZ) and Ambulance New Zealand Standards for training of flight medical crew. Instructors include retrieval physicians, search and rescue crewmen, pilots, and intensive care flight paramedics with an extensive background in aeromedical retrieval and air rescue. The course holds recognition for CME/CPD points with the organisations listed. The course is made up a series of classes and practical workshops and is run over two days (Saturday and Sunday) Typically a Helicopter Underwater Escape Training day (HUET) is held the following day for students wishing to complete this also.


As the focus is of establishing practical skills and familiarisation with equipment and typical procedures, there are no pre requisites however students should ideally have a clinical background to a first responder level.


This course is designed to provide an introduction to basic practical skills required for medical crew to work in and around helicopters safely. The training focuses on aspects often ignored during formal medical, nursing and paramedic education.This course does not give the student the qualifications required to work as medical crew on an air ambulance which also requires the appropriate tertiary qualifications and clinical experience suited to the role and defined by individual aeromedical organisations. However some organisations have recognised this training as a minimum requirement to work in flight paramedic roles offshore.


Aviation Awareness, equipment, packaging & loading, Flights, winching

0720 – Welcome and introductions,
0730 – Principals of flight.
0815 – Key Concepts on safety and helicopter use.
0830 – Analysis of rescue attempts and look at the strategies employed.
0900 – Overview of rescue winch techniques
0930 – helicopter familiarisation and safety brief  
10:45 – Station one:

  • Common Medical equipment used in Air Ambulance
  • Rescue Medical Packs, and PPE
  • Helmets
  • Switlik (and contents)
  • EPIRBs
11:30 – Station two:
  • Ground training for winching
  • Harnesses and hook
  • Hover load
  • Stretcher and tag line
12:15 – Station three:
  • Patient Loading
13:00 – Transfer to Flight Area
14:00 – Lifesaver helicopter Stretcher and Tag Line Demonstration
14:30 – Station four:
  • Patient packaging – SKED / Split Baskets
15:15 – Station Five:
  • Patient Packaging – SPLINTS
16:00 – Station Six:
  • Flights and Winching
  • Hover loading
  • Flight
  • Live winching
1645 – Finish and return to Broadbeach


Medical Rescue Air Ambulance Hangar, Gold Coast Airport

0920 – Welcome and introduction
0930 – Principles of pre hospital care and overview of aeromedical retrieval
1015 – Clinical aviation physiology
1130 – Trauma overview (EMST / ATLS principles)
1230 – In-flight care
1330 – LUNCH
1430 – Jet Air Ambulance
1500 – Lifeport Stretcher System
1600 – FINISH