Auckland HEMS Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine Practitioners Wanted

By Dr Chris Denny
Medical Director, Auckland HEMS
The Auckland Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) was established in 2011. An initial two-year (week-day only) pilot to assess the value of a doctor-paramedic critical care team was guided by the CEOs of the ADHB and the ARHT, with clinical support from Drs Robin Mitchell, Tim Parke & John McDougall (a strong Scottish connection).
After two years, the DHB Clinical Practice Committee reviewed this pilot project, lending their support and approval for the HEMS doctor-paramedic model to expand to every day of the week. Our HEMS doctors currently represent Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine. Senior Medical Officers are drawn from across the region, including Waitemata, Auckland, Counties Manukau & the Bay of Plenty.
Recognising the development of Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine in Australasia, Auckland HEMS became the first service in New Zealand to be accredited by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine for training in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine. Our service was re-accredited for five years in 2018.
We are now a regional service. As the Northern Rescue Helicopter Trust, we are now building our capability into a NASO Service Category One team: This will provide a 24/7/365 continuous doctor-paramedic service to our region.
Please consider joining our team.

Auckland HEMS Air Ambulance Fellows wanted!

Fellow – Adult Emergency Department076540
Update April 2015: Applications for this round of Fellowship positions are now closed. If you wish to make an informal enquiry about working with Auckland HEMS please use the ‘contact’ section of this website. Thank you for your interest in Auckland HEMS!

Helicopter Emergency Medicine Service (HEMS)

Fellow position – 6 month fixed term (ACEM accredited special skill term in Air Ambulance)

June 2015 – December 2015

Auckland City Hospital is the largest public Hospital in New Zealand and one of the best trauma centres in the country .The Emergency department is a modern purpose built, world class facility that opened in 2003. We have an enthusiastic team of clinicians who have expertise in resuscitation, ultrasound, simulation, toxicology and retrieval medicine. The closely knit team consists of  FACEM’s, Medical officers and Resident Medical Officers. The department sees about 60,000 adult patients annually with a high patient acuity.

The department in conjunction with the Auckland Rescue Helicopter trust run the Helicopter Emergency Medical service (HEMS) which has been successful in providing fully integrated care for trauma patients. The department is also active in research and is currently involved in a number of key national and international projects.

The Adult Emergency Department is accredited by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) for Advanced Training. We run a highly successful fellowship training program and are accredited for special skills training for Air Ambulance retrieval work which is both ICU inter-hospital transfer and primary response by Helicopter.  The Department is affiliated with the University of Auckland, Schools of Medicine and Health Science and is actively involved in clinical and university based teaching. The department runs several courses including the ACME course, ACLS, Ultrasound and difficult airway courses.

Eligible Applicants

This Fellow position is an ACEM special skills post in Air Ambulance and will involve working on the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and in the National Air Ambulance ICU retrieval service.

Suitably qualified candidates can discuss the position with the AED Clinical Director, Dr Anil Nair at  or Dr Chris Denny Medical Director of the HEMS service at

For more information please contact Ansonette Willemse, Recruitment Consultant, at quoting job title and reference number 076540.

Apply now at Please attach a Cover Letter and your latest CV as only applications submitted online via the ADHB website will be accepted. Any emailed applications will not be acknowledged or considered.

Applications close: 3 March 2015.

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Auckland HEMS – the first two years

This slideshow, assembled by Dr Chris Denny, shows the ARHT & Auckland HEMS team during the first two years of the HEMS initiative. It was presented at a recent strategic planning meeting to plot the future course of the service. The gentleman whose photo is shown at the start is the late Dr Robin Mitchell, a UK-trained emergency physician who was instrumental in laying the groundwork for Auckland HEMS.


(and rest assured no mannequins were harmed in the making of this slideshow… sort of…)