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0.5 year/s full-time
1 year/s part-time
0.5 year/s full-time
1 year/s part-time


Semester 1
Onshore - No
Offshore - Semester 1


Casuarina campus, Online

Credit points required


Course code



The Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval is an innovative course that will extend knowledge gained through your health studies and develop foundational research skills and a complex understanding of aeromedical retrieval.

Relevant to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics and other health professionals who wish to undertake postgraduate education in the area of aeromedical retrieval.

You can choose to study on campus (internal) or online (external). This flexible course addresses delivery processes, critical reflection on aeromedical retrieval practice, and the effects of policy and politics on health care provision, access and individual agency.

This course will expand on your current or recent experience within the health service, and you will undertake education and assessments can be directly applied to your current or future professional practice and context.

On completion of the Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval, you may progress to the Master of Aeromedical Retrieval and apply for advanced standing for completed studies.

Credit transfers and advanced standing


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU


Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.


Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 40 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2022 is AUD $14,760.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study health at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance

What will I study?

This 40-credit point course consists of two core units and two specialist elective units.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
(2 units)
Compulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. 

HEA580 Fundamentals in Aeromedical Retrieval
HEA583 Domestic and International Logistics

Specialist Elective

(2 units)


Specialist Elective Units totaling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

HEA515 Health Informatics
HEA525 Emotional Intelligence in Practice
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM592 Global Health
PHM593 Tropical Child Health


Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA580 Fundamentals in Aeromedical Retrieval  CO    
HEA583 Domestic and International Logistics  CO    
Specialist Elective 1 SE    
Specialist Elective 2 SE    

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA580 Fundamentals in Aeromedical Retrieval  CO Specialist Elective 1 SE
HEA583 Domestic and International Logistics  CO Specialist Elective 2 SE


Specialist Elective (SE) units may be selected from the following: 

Semester 1 Semester 2
HEA515 Health Informatics HEA515 Health Informatics
PHM516 Indigenous Health HEA525 Emotional Intelligence in Practice
PHM592 Global Health PHM553 Biostatistics
  PHM593 Tropical Child Health

Students commencing in Semester 2

This course is not available for entry in Semester 2.

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

  • Australian citizens and permanent residents must demonstrate current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • International applicants must demonstrate current registration/affiliation/license with the relevant nursing/medical body in their country of origin.

It is expected applicants have recent work experience in a health setting.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.


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Course details


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Area of study
Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
Casuarina campus (FF)
Online (CSP)
Online (FF)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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