Doctors, nurses, paramedics and aviation crew undergo CareFlight’s unique in-house training. In addition to clinical education, activities typically include a mix of winching and helicopter underwater escape training, aviation physiology and inflight/on the job mentoring.

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Medical crews undertaking winch training in Darwin. Photo courtesy Paul Arnold.

Doctor Training and Accreditation

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).

Read more about career training and career opportunities for CareFlight doctors.

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:

  • tutorials
  • 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.

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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...

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Flight Nurse Training

CareFlight employs registered nurses who are trained critical care clinicians.

CareFlight flight nurses undergo an intensive orientation program over a minimum three weeks. The program includes:

  • lectures/tutorials
  • Pre-Hospital Trauma Course
  • retrieval team training
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)
  • aircraft safety and cabin procedures
  • aviation physiology
  • inflight/on the job mentoring by other flight nurses
  • winch training (optional)

Flight nurses have the opportunity to undertake winch training, qualifying them for rostered down-the-wire helicopter rescue.

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Flight nurses receive regular in-house education and training. They also attend a number of accredited external courses, funded by CareFlight.

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.

Flight nurses may be required to undergo a pre-employment fitness assessment.

Find out about career opportunities for CareFlight Flight Nurses.

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CareFlight employs registered nurses who are trained critical care clinicians.

CareFlight flight nurses undergo an intensive orientation program over a minimum three weeks. The program includes:

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