Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Course

Melrose, Australia

07 October 2024 08:00 - 10 October 2024 16:30

AUD $1,995.00

Take your training into the field and open up a whole new world of travel and opportunity. Our internationally-renowned four day Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course gives you all the skills and expertise you need to become a competent member of an expedition medical team.

We also offer Expedition & Wilderness Medicine courses in the following locations:

CPD Award: This expedition medical course has been awarded 26.25 CPD hours by ACRRM.

“I would recommend this course to anyone contemplating a role in expedition medicine as an enjoyable and rewarding overview of the personal and practical skills required”
EWM Keswick course attendee

Experience medicine at the forefront, where every decision counts.

Key facts

Re-energise your career and set your sights on new horizons. These four days of inspiring training open up the world of expedition medicine to all medical professionals.

Camp Willochra has Mt Remarkable right in their own backyard,  offering a relaxing and scenic venue just 5 km north of Melrose. Over the years, we’ve watched our alumni take part in expeditions across the globe, respond to emergencies or natural disasters and gain placements with organisations such us Raleigh International, UK-Med, Team Rubicon and Médecins Sans Frontières.

You must be either a:

  • Medical or Allied Health Professional OR,
  • A student in your last two years of study

Location: Melrose, Australia

CPD Award: This expedition medical course has been awarded 26.25 CPD hours by ACRRM

What’s included:

  • Tutoring, accommodation and meals
  • Downloadable course resources
  • Safety equipment

What’s not:

  • Travel costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Drinks and food from the bar

What to expect

Our Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course is designed to be the most comprehensive introductory training course available to medics. Our experts blend engaging lectures with plenty of hands-on practical skills essential to all expedition medics.

For the first three days, your time will be split 50/50 between lectures and practical group work. By evening you’ll enjoy socialising, challenge tasks and special guest lectures. The final day focuses on a real-time search and rescue scenario where you will combine your skills to locate, rescue, treat and evacuate a casualty.

We’ll make sure you’re prepared with all the safety equipment you need and the WEM care package which includes a 10L dry bag.

Course content

  • Overview of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine
  • Human Factors
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Pre-Expedition Planning
  • Pre-Existing and Common Conditions
  • Dentistry
  • Introduction to Trauma in Resource Poor Settings
  • Primary Survey
  • Spinal Immobilisation
  • Road Traffic Collisions
  • Fracture Management
  • Catastrophic Bleeding
  • Analgesia
  • Aeromedical Rescue
  • Security on expeditions
  • Hills skill
  • Medicine in Tropical Environments
  • Medicine in Hot Environments
  • Altitude Medicine
  • Medicine in Cold Environments
  • Dive Medicine
  • Water Purification
  • Comms
  • Wound Care
  • Medical Kits
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health
  • Medico-Legal Considerations
  • Search & Rescue Exercise

What you need to know

We highly recommend arriving the day before the course. You are free to book your own additional accommodation for the Sunday night – we recommend Camp Willochra and Conference Centre.

Please ensure that you follow the kit list and pack adequately. Weather should be fair, however weather can be unpredictable. Poor kit can be dangerous and could preclude you from some activities. Having said that, stay hopeful – we do often enjoy T-shirt weather!

As a minimum you must bring:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sturdy walking boots
  • Hat, gloves etc
  • Outdoor clothing – comprising of base, mid and outer layers
  • Spare set of outdoor clothing in case you get wet!
  • Warm fleece or top
  • Casual clothing for the evening
  • Daypack – with a waterproof shell (to keep your spare clothes dry!)
  • Water bottle
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Head Torch
  • Personal toiletries including a towel
  • Personal First Aid Kit

Feedback from previous courses

What went well on your Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course?

“The breadth of topics, great speakers and teachers, great choice of venue and food, enthusiastic teachers.”

“Really well run and engaging course. Kept every session interesting with loads of interactive aspects.”

“Course was very engaging, good mix of lectures and activities. Tutors used real life experiences.”

What was the single most valuable thing you learnt from your Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course?

“That these kind of opportunities are out there and I just need to make sure I take them when I can.”

“Doing the basics well, being well prepared and having a structured approach. It has given me more confidence personally and professionally too.”

“There is so much more to medicine than what we are used to on a daily basis working in hospital/ambulance. We were exposed to a lot of ideas for different opportunities that are out there, which I found incredibly valuable.”

About us

World Extreme Medicine trains, supports and informs medics looking to expand their skills and tackle new challenges.

A chance conversation about the impossibility of finding good expedition medics resulted in our Founding Director, Mark Hannaford creating the very first, bespoke Expedition Medicine course in the UK – over 20 years ago. Since then, we’ve spent the last two decades providing on-demand education, on-location training, international conferences, and expedition support for people outside normal medical environments.

Our network of around a quarter of a million experts, practitioners and instructors is here for you – inspiring, informing and connecting you with like-minded people and new opportunities.

Whether you’re a doctor, nurse, dentist, vet, paramedic, medical student or allied health professional, you can join us and discover new frontiers of your practice both at home or in the field.

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