Senior doctors employed by CareFlight work part-time in retrieval and must be clinically active in their chosen speciality.
Registrars can spend six or 12 months working full-time with CareFlight. They are then accredited with core training by the Critical Care Medical Colleges of Anaesthesia (ANZCA), Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and/or Intensive Care (CICM).
All doctors are required to undergo a pre-employment fitness assessment and undertake our Pre-Hospital Trauma Course.
In addition, CareFlight doctors undergo an intensive orientation program which may include:
- ground training
- winch training
- inflight training
- safety, including cliff top and ocean edge safety
- inter-hospital scenarios
- Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)
- ride-along missions
Following successful completion of the training program, staff are required to work rostered shifts, review cases with specialists weekly and attend Quality Assurance meetings monthly. They also attend regular education sessions on an ongoing basis.
For helicopter operations, continuing accreditation requires a fitness assessment every 90 days, three-monthly static winch currency training, six-monthly live helicopter rescue procedures and two-yearly HUET.