Retrieval Registrar (Rotary wing aircraft)

Become a Retrieval Registrar with LifeFlight and develop your knowledge and skills through challenging, varied work across Australia and around the world. You’ll receive clinical supervision and ongoing education along with an attractive salary. You’ll also work in a dynamic environment that allows you to develop a broad range of skills in retrieval medicine and pre-hospital care.



Essential criteria

Essential Minimum Requirements for Role

  • 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 care 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. Paediatrics emergency medicine or paediatrics anaesthesia or paediatrics 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 back pack 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


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

What's involved

Primary Objectives of Role

  • The Retrieval Registrar will provide a high level of pre-hospital and retrieval medicine care to all LifeFlight Retrieval Medicine (LRM) patients

  • The Retrieval Registrar will manage patients in pre-hospital and inter-facility environments on board medically equipped rescue helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and rapid response road vehicles

  • The Retrieval Registrar will participate in domestic and/or international medical retrievals

Key Relationships

  •  Chief Medical Officer

  •  Director Clinical Services & Governance

  •  Director Training & Education

  •  Clinical Leads

  •  LRM Consultants, Registrars and Nurses

  •  LRM management and administration team

  •  LifeFlight aircrew



  •  Air medical transport providers

  •  Retrieval Services Queensland Medical Coordinators

  •  Queensland Ambulance Service

  •  Hospitals

  •  Patients and family members


Role Challenges

  • Working in varied and unusual environments in pre-hospital and retrieval medicine

  • Delivery of critical care to patients on scene, in rural and remote facilities and in the cabin of a helicopter, fixed wing aircraft or road vehicle

  • Contribution to an all hours emergency response system 


Special Conditions

  • The Retrieval Registrar is required to meet the following special conditions:

  • There is no restriction upon the Employee’s availability to commence employment with LRM on the Date of Commencement as outlined in the Employment Agreement

  • There are no limitations on the ability to fully perform all duties and responsibilities of the position, including, but not limited to physical or psychological limitations

  • Successful completion of an LRM training and induction program at commencement of employment and prior to deployment to retrieval service, to attain the required competency skills and knowledge for the position. Unsuccessful completion will likely result in termination of employment

  • Successful completion of a negative drug and alcohol screening test prior to commencement of employment and the submission of random, incident related or planned alcohol and drug testing when required

  • Eligible to apply for an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) and successful application for an ASIC

  • Be eligible to work in Australia without restriction, or the ability to hold a working visa

  • May be required to travel between bases and/or overseas to meet operational requirements

  • May be required to perform after rostered working hours and on-call hours

  • May be subject to a medical examination

Our locations

LifeFlight's Critical Care Doctors and medical support staff are located across nine aeromedical bases dotted throughout Queensland. You'll not only get to do some amazing work in retrieval medicine but you'll also travel around Australia and experience some of Australia's most scenic and remote countryside. Our Retrieval Registrars are based at:

  • Brisbane (Brisbane Airport and Archerfield)
  • Cairns
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Roma
  • Sunshine Coast
  • 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.


We help you adjust to your work as a Retrieval Registrar by providing a seven (7) day intensive training course at our state-of-the-art LifeFlight Training Academy. This includes specific operational training for rotary and fixed wing retrieval medicine and clinical skills training in emergency retrieval and pre-hospital care. This includes: 

  • Helicopter and plane operations
  • Pre-hospital care
  • Winching operations
  • Disaster management
  • International retrieval
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)
  • Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS)

This isn’t a rote learning course. Our emphasis is on safety and ensuring you become demonstrably capable in each of these key areas. This training also counts towards your Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval (with James Cook University).

Ongoing support and training

At LifeFlight we have a strong belief in and commitment to education, training and development.

We provide all our doctors with ongoing training and education to ensure you continually develop as a medical practitioner. Our Critical Care Doctors will experience: 

  • Monthly teleconferences between the Clinical Director – Training and Education, clinical leads and all retrieval registrars. These feature formal presentations relating to a specific pre-hospital or retrieval topic;
  • Weekly clinical and operational mission audits to constructively review clinical management and allow powerful group learning to occur;
  • Base-specific familiarisation and orientation;
  • Hospital based registrar training for registrars towards second part exams;
  • Simulation training exercises to test and develop the technical and workplace skills needed to succeed in your role – task management, team working, situational awareness, decision making and more.

Clinical supervision and governance

Our Critical Care Consultants are provided with clinical lead supervision at each base and real-time advice on all missions. Each aircraft is equipped with cellular and satellite communication which is available for telephone consultation on-scene or while in-flight. Retrieval Registrars are expected to consult with the Clinical Coordinators (critical care specialists) after assessing the patient and at any time during a task as required.

LifeFlight has developed a strong clinical governance program centred on a regular state-wide clinical audit system. This helps to constantly improve clinical performance, resource use and communication effectiveness with the aim of producing a better outcome for those we care for.  

Non-Australian applicants


If you are an International Medical Graduate (IMG) who has obtained their primary medical degree overseas and would like to work for LifeFlight, you’ll need to gain Limited or Provisional Registration to practice medicine in Australia. You can do this by applying for one of the following assessment pathways below: 

  • The Specialist Pathway (specialist-in-training)

For overseas specialists-in-training with no more than two (2) years from completing specialist training, or overseas fully trained specialists wishing to undertake short-term training in Australia. 
An application can be made through the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine or the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists for recognition as a specialist-in-training.

  • The Specialist Pathway (specialist recognition) 

For overseas fully trained specialists seeking full comparability with the training and qualifications of a specialist trained in Australia.

  • The Competent Authority Pathway  

For overseas specialists-in-training or fully trained specialists awarded a primary medical degree through the General Medical Council (UK), Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates of the United States (USMLE), the Medical Council of New Zealand (NZREX) or the Medical Council of Ireland. The Competent Authority pathway leads to general registration. 

  • The Standard Pathway

For International Medical Graduates seeking general registration who are not eligible for the Competent Authority Pathway or the Specialist Pathway.
An Australian Medical Council AMC CAT MCQ Examination is required.

For further information on Australian Medical Board registration please visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


If you're interested in becoming a retrieval registrar with LifeFlight and don't hold an Australian or New Zealand passport or Australian permanent residency you must be eligible for a Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457). For further information on Visas please visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection.