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"Though the doctors treated him, let his blood, and gave him medications to drink, he nevertheless recovered" - Leo Tolstoy, War And Peace

“Though the doctors treated him, let his blood, and gave him medications to drink, he nevertheless recovered” – Leo Tolstoy, War And Peace

Auckland HEMS Air Ambulance Fellows Wanted! Click here

Looking for the Auckland HEMS app? Click HERE for iOS or HERE for Android

The Auckland HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical System) initiative is a 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.



Working with Auckland HEMS

IMG_1313The 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.


The Legalese


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