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;
medical and rescue equipment,
patient preparation and packaging,
hot stretcher loading,
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.
PRE REQUISITES FOR STUDENTS
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 requirement to work in flight paramedic roles offshore.