Become a Retrieval Registrar with LifeFlight and develop your knowledge and skills through challenging, varied work across Australia and around the world.

You will receive clinical supervision and ongoing education along with an attractive salary. You will work in a dynamic  environment that allows you to develop a broad range of skills in retrieval medicine, predominantly in rotary-wing  aircraft, and pre-hospital care.

Senior Registrar positions recognise those medical officers who may hold a Specialist Qualification outside Australia in a relevant field; of a comparable country and meet the mandatory criteria for a Retrieval Consultant apart from holding  Specialist Registration with the Medical Board of Australia and/or having relevant Pre-Hospital Retrieval Medicine  experience. Medical officers who hold Specialist Registration within Australian, but do not have relevant Pre-Hospital Retrieval  Medicine experience would also be considered a Senior Registrar.

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Resident career pathway


JHO (PGY2) – Gain time in critical care terms (ICU / Anaes / ED) (ACRRM – Paeds & Anaes)

SHO (PGY3) – Continue gaining time in critical care terms (ICU / Anaes / ED)

*Keep a logbook of your time in the other specialties! For example – keep a logbook for your time in Anaesthetics if you decide to specialise in ED. If you find it difficult to gain ED experience, Rural and remote experience does count for this – so consider a rural term if offered. Depending on what Critical Care specialty you are interested in, there will be an issue in securing time in the other areas – for example, in ED, it can be difficult to secure a 6-month post in Anaesthetics as a Registrar, therefore these resident years count and are important!

PHO (PGY4) – If you are unable to secure terms or half terms in any of the above, see if you can secure a 3 to 6-month post at this level

Registrar (PGY4/5+) – the following Colleges are recognised for Pre-Hospital



6 months ED
3 months ICU & Anaes


Junior Registrar

12 months ED (inc. paeds)
*Paeds is 6 months or 12 mixed


Senior Registrar

18 months must be ED

Other 6 months is LRM (PHRM)

At Non-ED or Discretionary time

PT = Provisional Trainee
AT = Advanced Trainee


IT 6 Months


BT 18 Months

47 weeks Anaes
ICU/Paeds in this time

AT 24 Months

Need 6 months ED as your OCT
Paeds/ICU in this time

PFT 12 Months

LRM counted as OCT

IT = Introductory Trainee
BT = Basic Trainee
AT = Advanced Trainee
PFT = Provisional Fellowship Trainee


FT 6 Months


CT1 12 Months

6 months ED

CT2 12 Months

12 months Anaes

6 months LRM counts as Elective, Acute Medicine or Retrieval

FT = Foundation Trainee
CT = Core Trainee
TY = Transition Year


CGT 12 Months

AST 12 Months (JCCA - Anaesthetics)

CGT 24 Months

12 months rural hospital covering wards & mixed ED, anaesthetic list

6 months ICU - NB: you must seek prior approval by ACRRM

Once completed all of the above training then eligible to apply to LRM

CGT = Core Generalist Training
AST = Advanced Specialist Training

The easiest way to remember how to make yourself eligible with LRM is when at your training Registrar level you complete:

  • 6 months ED
  • 6 months Anaesthetics
  • 6 months ICU
  • 6 months Paediatrics Anaes/ICU/ED (or 12 months in mixed department Adult & Paeds)

Please note – there is some flexibility around these, but this is the simplest way to show the minimum clinical requirements. Flexibility comes in with the understanding that College training programs do differ and rotations in all of these fields are not mandatory to finish your critical care specialty. This is why it is important to gain time in these areas as a resident or even better a PHO and to keep a logbook.

Rural and remote rotations help with counting towards ED experience if you fall short and in gaining the ability to demonstrate alternative, equivalent experience in the management of undifferentiated patients.

It is important to keep a logbook of your Anaesthetic procedures (whether it be during time in an Emergency Department and/or Anaesthetic Department) and will be requested if you are not able to gain a full 6 months in Anaesthetics.

There are written guidelines outlining this information in much greater detail and can be given to you should wish to read it thoroughly.

Also remember, if you are unable to commit to this exact formula during your training years, you are always welcome to apply to LRM and this is simply counted as extra time and will not affect gaining your Fellowship.

Minimum clinical requirements

  • Hold or be eligible for registration as a Medical Practitioner with the Medical Board of Australia/Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Completion of Fellowship Primary Exams (or equivalent)
  • Be in the final two years of advanced post-graduate training in a critical care discipline (emergency medicine, anaesthesia or intensive are medicine)
  • Have completed a minimum of six months experience at Training Registrar level (or equivalent) in:
    1. Emergency medicine
    2. Anaesthesia
    3. Intensive care medicine, and
    4. Paediatric emergency medicine or paediatric anaesthesia or paediatric intensive care medicine or 12 months in accredited mixed emergency medicine

  • Should have EFAST experience and hold an EFAST certification
  • Be reasonably fit – able to:
    1. Two arm lift 25kg to waist height
    2. Carry 20kg backpack 1km
    3. Run 2.4km in 15min

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Be eligible to work in Australia without restriction, or the ability to hold a working visa
  • Eligibility and successful application for an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)
  • Retrieval Services Queensland (RSQ) support and approve scope of practice (credentialing).

To find out more about becoming a Retrieval Registrar at LifeFlight, apply online or contact us today for a confidential

LifeFlight locations

  • Brisbane (Brisbane Airport and Archerfield)
  • Cairns
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Roma
  • Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore)
  • Toowoomba
  • Townsville

Aeromedical fleet


LifeFlight Critical Care Doctors fly on board a variety of medically equipped aircraft and road vehicles. This includes:

  • Rotary Wing: Bell 412, AW 139, BK 117 (all twin turbine aircraft)
  • Fixed Wing Jet aircraft: Learjet 45 and Challenger 604 air ambulances for both domestic and international transfers through the Asia Pacific region
  • Fixed Wing propeller aircraft: King Air B200 on board the Royal Flying Doctors Service
  • Road: Road missions with the Queensland Ambulance Service.


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We help you adjust to your work as a Retrieval Registrar by providing an eight (8) day intensive training course at our state-of-the-art LifeFlight Training Academy.

LRM conducts an intensive training week which includes teaching and lectures from a cross-section of internationally respected Consultant staff from around the state who come together to assist recruits in preparing for this challenging role.

It is held at our state of the art Brisbane-based LifeFlight Training Academy (LTA) which currently houses the most advanced helicopter simulator in the world (Thales LifeFlight Reality H AW139 Civil Helicopter Simulator).

This includes specific operational training for rotary and fixed-wing retrieval medicine, as well as clinical skills training in emergency retrieval and pre-hospital care.

The training includes:

  • HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training)
  • EBS (Emergency Breathing Systems)
  • Winching operations and disaster management
  • Clinical Scenarios and Assessments

We have dedicated real cabin simulators, as well as dynamic mannequins for paediatric and adult care. Post-training week in Brisbane, recruits relocate to their primary base for further local base orientation. LRM continues to support and educate medical officers throughout their term with weekly in-services, debriefs and clinical audits.

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