The Auckland HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical System) initiative is a 2 year joint venture between Auckland District Health Board and the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust to add Emergency, ICU, or Anaesthesia doctors to the paramedic/crewman/pilot team on the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Our goal is to provide the best possible patient care by adding additional resuscitation, medical, and surgical skills to the superb pre-hospital care that has been delivered by ARHT for many years.
This website provides an unofficial educational resource for the HEMS initiative.
Another talented Kiwi crosses The Ditch…
Auckland HEMS and Auckland ED bid a reluctant farewell to Dr Sam Bendall, who has returned to Australia following a one year stint with our service. Sam is a Sydney-based emergency physician and aeromedical doctor with Careflight. With Auckland HEMS she has been instrumental in driving operational and equipment improvements, promoting effective teamwork, executing large-scale simulation and training exercises, and has been a key player in strategic planning for the future of the HEMS service. In Auckland ED she has made a tremendous contribution to both airway management and simulation teaching (as well as sorting out a patient or two!). We thank Sam sincerely for her tenacity, leadership, and obvious passion for lifting the standard of emergency care both at the roadside and in the the ED.
Working with Auckland HEMS
The Auckland HEMS Initiative embraces the concept of a ‘learning organization.’ At present, we are keen to explore fellowships with motivated senior registrars in acute care medicine (anaesthesia, critical care, emergency medicine). Please use the contact button above.
We regret we are unable to offer undergraduate medical electives at this time. Thank you for your interest in Auckland HEMS.
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