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About the program

* As of July 2016, this program has been suspended and will not be taking new students. The following information is being retained for students currently enrolled in the program.

Delivered in partnership with the au/">Royal Flying Doctor Service, the world’s largest aeromedical provider, the Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine provides medical practitioners, nurses and paramedics with the necessary skills and knowledge to manage, within their scope of practice, the clinical and organisational components of retrieval medicine services in both an Australian and an international context.

Building on the knowledge and skills of the Graduate Certificate in Retrieval Medicine, the Graduate Diploma has been designed to extend participants’ experience in the organisational aspects of retrieval medicine to enable them to become senior leaders and managers in this area. 

The Graduate Diploma enables participants to explore some of the unique and high-risk areas in retrieval medicine such as military settings, infectious patients, and natural disaster zones.  Issues such as human resources, governance, training, professional performance and critical decision-making skills are addressed.  The program also equips participants with the skills required to undertake a research project within their own discipline area and scope of practice.

This is a highly interactive online program that accommodates the busy health professional by allowing the online course work to be completed over the semester.  The collaborative format of the online delivery allows for networking with other participants and professionals working in retrieval medicine.

The Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine enables you to matriculate into the Master of Retrieval Medicine.

Duration4 semesters
Starting semesters
  • September 2015
Program typePostgraduate Diploma
Study area
Program codeCC-63036
CRICOS codeThis program is not available to international students who intend to apply for a student visa.
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre:

The Graduate Diploma is designed to equip you with the advanced practical skills and theoretical knowledge to be well positioned for leadership roles in retrieval medicine.

You will be able to provide a patient-oriented, preventative and systematic approach using advanced clinical problem-solving skills to complex situations in critical care and emergency medicine in the pre-hospital and retrieval medicine environment.

Students must successfully complete the four subjects of the Graduate Certificate in Retrieval Medicine, before undertaking the following four subjects required for the Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine.

Semester 3 (May)

Semester 4 (September)

* Subject names and structure may change

The Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine enables you to matriculate into the Master of Retrieval Medicine.

Teaching methodology

Delivered as a partnership between Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine and The Royal Flying Doctor Service, the flexible online delivery allows for part-time study. Part of the learning methodology involves group-based interactive online case discussions.

The Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine also includes a research training component, which provides participants with opportunities to develop the skills required to undertake a future research project within their discipline area.

The Graduate Certificate component of this program includes an intensive compulsory 3-4 day residential component for the first two semesters.  The residential components are held as case-based discussions and hands-on immersive learning sessions where technical and physical aspects of retrieval medicine will be covered. Topics will range from helicopter (rotary wing), fixed wing, ground and common retrieval equipment familiarisation through to pre-hospital critical care skills sessions. You will engage in ‘real world’ scenarios and simulation demonstrating retrieval medicine in action.

Please note: This program is currently only open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, holders of an Australian Humanitarian visa and New Zealand citizens (but not New Zealand permanent residents).

Academic requirements

The minimum entry requirements for this program are an appropriate Bachelor Degree or equivalent in Medicine, Nursing or Paramedic Science and current Australian or New Zealand relevant health professional registration or equivalent.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

* Applications close on 27 August for the 2015 Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine. 

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.  

Retrieval medicine in action - residential component

Watch as doctors, nurses and paramedics get hands on experience in a range of scenarios for retrieval medicine. Delivered in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the residential component includes case-based discussions and hands-on immersive learning sessions where technical and physical aspects of retrieval medicine are covered.

“As a full-time clinician working in NSW, I found the online tutorials convenient for distance learning. The residential component in each semester provided essential practical experience and a great opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary group of professionals from other parts of Australia, interested in retrieval medicine. The experience in the classroom during these residential sessions was inspiring.” (Completed Graduate Diploma in Retrieval Medicine)