Antarctic medicine in the spotlight

CASA 212-400 aircraft nearing Davis station
CASA 212-400 nearing Davis station (Photo: Frederique Oliver)
Airbus A319-400 and CASA 212-400 aircraft on the Wilkins Ice Runway in Antarctica

30th September 2009

Remote medical rescue and treatment in Antarctica will be featured at an International Conference in Hobart this week.

More than 130 remote and regional rescue services personnel will attend the four-day International Society of Aeromedical Services and Flight Nurses Australia Conference.

The theme of the 21st scientific meeting is 'Remote and Wild', and will cover remote medical care, rescue in extreme environments, technology in remote assessments, risk management, and advances and challenges in aviation.

There will be a broad range of aeromedical professionals covering the spectrum of civilian and military, government and private, fixed wing and rotary wing operations.

The Keynote speaker is NASA's Chief Medicine Extreme Environments and former Head of Polar Medicine at the Australian Antarctic Division Dr Des Lugg.

The Conference will end on Saturday with an impressive static aircraft display at Hobart International Airport.

It will include the Australian Antarctic Division's Airbus A319-400 and the CASA 212-400, the Royal Flying Doctors Super King Air, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Dornier 328 and rotary wing Heli Resources S76 and Squirrel.