Management of the acutely agitated patient in a remote location

Minh Le Cong, Emmeline Finn and Cathrin S Parsch
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (4): 182-183. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01162

A consensus statement from Australian aeromedical retrieval services

In this article, we summarise a new consensus statement from Australian aeromedical retrieval services that provides an expert opinion on the assessment and management of acutely agitated patients in remote locations. It also outlines recommendations for patients who require aeromedical evacuation to allow for inpatient medical care, high-level psychiatric care and admission, which are usually only available in regional centres and major cities. The full consensus statement is available on the Royal Flying Doctor Service website.*

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  • Minh Le Cong1
  • Emmeline Finn2
  • Cathrin S Parsch3

  • 1 Royal Flying Doctor Service, Mount Isa, QLD.
  • 2 CareFlight Group Queensland, Gold Coast, QLD.
  • 3 South Australian Ambulance Service MedSTAR, Adelaide, SA.



We thank Daniel Ellis, Mike Hill, Richard Johnson, Stephen Langford, John Setchell, and remote area psychiatrists Ernest Hunter, Geraldine Dyer and Bruce Gynther from the Cairns mental health service, Queensland, and Brian McKenny, Clinical Director of the Rural and Remote Mental Health Service, South Australia, for their contribution to the consensus statement.

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