Taking training beyond borders

The Royal Australian Air Force’s Health Operational Conversion Unit (Health OCU) has conducted its first full International Aeromedical Evacuation (I-AE) course with medical officers and nurses from Malaysia, Philippines and Mongolia.

CAPTIONHealth Operational Conversion Unit Aeromedical Evacuation course director, Flight Lieutenant Diane Casey, left, speaks with participating international partners inside a C-130J Hercules training fuselage at RAAF Base Richmond. Story by Flying Officer Madeleine Magee. Photo by Leading Aircraftman Chris Tsakisiris.

Based out of RAAF Base Richmond in early April, the course allowed for RAAF doctors and nurses to share techniques for the transport of injured personnel by air with their counterparts from regional partner nations.

Course manager and RAAF nurse, Flight Lieutenant Diane Casey, emphasised the importance of the training to ensuring a high level of medical care.

“The I-AE course equips our international partners with specialised skills and expertise in conducting aeromedical evacuations,” Flight Lieutenant Casey said.

“This training enhances their understanding of aviation-related clinical care requirements and processes for conducting military aeromedical evacuations to respond effectively to patient evacuation and any potential medical emergencies.”

The course assisted in building relationships between key regional partners, allowing for the ease of cooperation during natural disaster response and other large-scale medical evacuations.

“The training of international medical personnel reflects Australia’s commitment to deepening our diplomatic and defence partnerships with key partners in the Indo-Pacific,” Flight Lieutenant Casey said.

“By conducting international training courses, Health OCU promotes interoperability and collaboration with international partners, enabling greater understanding of integrated and strategic health operations.”


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