Antarctica is a remote and extreme environment.
There’s only a single doctor on each Australian station to provide medical care over winter.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Jeff Ayton “In Antarctica we are isolated for nine months of the year and we’ve had to deal with anything from mental health issues right through to major trauma in isolation.”
The skills developed by Antarctic doctors will now be extended to other remote and regional areas through the Centre for Antarctic, Remote and Maritime Medicine (CARMM).
It will bring together a network of specialists to support healthcare in isolated communities.
Advanced telehealth systems will play a key role.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Jeff Ayton “We’ve got access to real time monitoring but also near real time and real time imaging coming through. Providing the necessary support 24/7 to the distant doctor and the community that they are serving.”
The Centre will also provide accredited training and education pathways for generalist health practitioners.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Jeff Ayton “CARMM has been a long time coming and this is fantastic and an amazing opportunity to bring together for Tasmania and Australia, a cold climate academic centre of excellence which will deliver health care, training, education and research and innovation well into the future.”
CARMM is a partnership between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the University of Tasmania.