• Academy of Exterme Envionment Medicine

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  • A Quick History

    The Academy was first developed in 2020 during the experiences of the global lockdowns but the beta version was not publicly released until 2022. It was a way of accessing a network of clinicians who had been working as essential workers, but seeking an escape. Initially built around a basic core curriculum and experiences, the scope of the Academy has continued to grow. The Academy of Extreme Environment Medicine now maintains a demanding and professional set of benchmarks that validates and authenticates each candidates’ professional qualifications and experience working in Extreme Environment Medicine. The Academy brings together and accredits related conferences, courses, and training events against an evolving Core Curriculum of clinical and non-clinical topics that are relevant to the delivery of extreme environment medicine. Fellow candidates for the Academy partake in eligible activities to obtain credit for the topics covered and the experiences gained. Fellowship demonstrates the achievement of a professional qualification, and a confirmation of practical skills and experience. It is the only Fellowship of this kind in the Southern hemisphere that recognises the clinical and nonclinical topics needed to operate in Extreme Environments.

  • Definition

    For the purpose of governance and structure, it was important that we clearly define an extreme environment. For this task we conducted an adhoc Delphi study using as many references we could find to define an extreme environment. We finally settled on the below definition.

    "An extreme environment is characterised by an environment devoid of infrastructure such as a lack of hospitals, roads, transportation and food sources with extended field care and long evacuation required, and / or conditions beyond the optimal range for the survival of humans. For example, long distances, extreme cold and extreme heat, high radiation, low partial pressure of oxygen, high pressure or saturating salt concentrations".

  • Rationale

    People have always loved exploring the wildlands of earth outside of the relative safety of our structured society, however the professionalisation of the austere environment health care practioner relied heavily on Northern Hemisphere development where the only two fellowships in Wilderness medicine existed. In the UK, one program is based on self reporting and self-described experiences only, and the other, although based on clinical topics and education, was heavily influenced by US centric topics and structure. It was for these reasons that our team set out to establish the a Clinical Fellowship that would take into account both extreme environment health care experience and clinical education in Australiasia, Oceania and the Southern Hempisphere.

     

    The Academy of Extreme Environment Medicine created a comprehensive structure that incorporated both clinical and non-clinical skill sets required to work in extreme environment health care and created the first Extreme Environment Medicine Fellowship based in the Southern hemisphere.

     

    Candidates who complete this fellowship program demonstrate the required knowledge and possess the evidenced experience to plan, lead, participate and work in extreme environment medicine.

  • What are the Annual Dues?

    The Academy maintains its programs and structure through membership fees and accreditation fees. Fees and dues current for 2024 are below.

     

    Fellow Candidate Application Fee

    $165.00 AUD (this is a one time fee payable on application approval)

     

    Annual Fees

    Membership FREE for 2024 (normally $75.00 AUD) (or 3 years $165.00)

    Fellow Candidate $75.00 AUD annually (or 3 years $165.00)

    Associate Fellow $75.00 AUD annually (or 3 years $165.00)

    Fellow $75.00 AUD annually (or 3 years $165.00)

    Master Fellow $65.00 AUD annually (or Life Membership $950.00 AUD)

     

    Student Membership $55.00 AUD annually

     

    All fees and dues are current for 2024.

     

  • Impact

    Having worked in, and explored the developing world for much of our careers, a common theme existed in the limitation for locally based clinicians to access development opportunities including fellowships. This was due to the often prohibitive financial requirement of many courses and fellowships which placed them out of reach so to speak. This prohibitive financial hurdle prevented the local clinicians participating in these programs and prevented them from gaining professional recognition and development.

     

    This is where our fellowship strives to differ to most, but considering that the environments we work in differ as well we figured being different fit our ethos!

     

    For every full fee paying fellow candidate, we provide a full scholarship and assistance to a fellow candidate from a low GDP country.

  • Keen to get involved?

    Take your clinical skills and professional experience to the next level by applying for fellow candidacy now!