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Bay of Fires Lodge RescueMED Retreat

May 21-25, 2023  | May 27-31, 2023 | Price: $4,575 | Maximum: 8 guests

Over five days in Launceston and on the remote Bay of Fires coast of Tasmania, complete a Wilderness Rescue Medicine Course for advanced care medical practitioners in remote and austere settings. RescueMED's ACRRM accredited course “Wilderness Rescue Medicine” is specifically designed for medical professionals seeking to broaden their skill base and build confidence in providing cutting edge medical care in remote and austere settings. This course has been developed right here in Australia for our local conditions and has a particular emphasis on the medical presentations likely to be encountered in the Australian environment.

Set on a hilltop, 40 metres above the pounding of the sea and surrounded by National Park, the Bay of Fires Lodge is the only building on 20km of outstanding coastal wilderness. Enjoying views up and down the coast in an area of great significance to the Aboriginal community, a truly ecologically-aware building has been gently let into the landscape. Here you will experience true communion with nature in accommodation that combines simplicity of design with comfort and warmth. 

For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email



  • Experience dates - May 21-25, 2023.
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine accredited event.
  • Entally Lodge 
    • 1 day & 1 night - 21 May 2023
    • Workshop day - 10 am - 7:30 pm, May 21, 2023
    • Accommodation - King Studio.
    • Inclusions: lunch, two-course dinner and breakfast.
    • 28 Rutherglen Rd, Hadspen TAS 7290
  • Bay of Fires RescueMED retreat
    • 4 days & 3 nights - May 22-25, 2023.
    • Includes: Accommodation, meals, Tasmanian wines with dinner and all transport.
    • Departs and returns: Entally Lodge.
  • Minimum Group Size: 8 guests.
  • Maximum Group Size: 8 guests.
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RescueMED was established by Kerryn Wratt in 2013 to provide specialist consultancy, training and response services in wilderness medicine. Kerryn has an extensive background in the provision of medical services in remote and austere environments in a diverse range of roles. This includes 20+ years experience as a frontline paramedic having working in New Zealand and Papua New Guniea as well as substantial periods in Victoria and Tasmania in Australia.

In 2012 Kerryn received a scholarship from the Emergency Services Foundation to explore emergency response systems that deploy medical personal into remote and wilderness environments throughout North America. Kerryn’s subsequent report helped inform the establishment of Ambulance Victoria’s statewide paramedic wilderness response system. In 2018 and 2019 Kerryn delivered Basic Wilderness Life Support courses on the Annapurna Base camp trek in Nepal and in 2020 he volunteered with the Himalayan Rescue Association at a high altitude medical clinic in Pheriche. Kerryn is a current member of Alpine Search and Rescue Victoria and has specialist training in tracking and search methods as well as being an AUSMAT (Australian Medical Assistance Team) member available for deployment to large scale medical incidents internationally. Kerryn is current faculty on the University of Tasmania’s Expedition Medicine program.

In 2020 Kerryn completed his Fellowship of Wilderness Medicine in association with the Wilderness Medicine Society in the USA. In 2021 the WMS awarded Kerryn the Warren D Bowman award for services to Wilderness Medicine, the first time this had been awarded outside of the USA. Recently Kerryn has helped develop and deliver Ambulance Tasmania's paramedic wilderness response alpine training programme. Kerryn is currently based in Burnie, Tasmania where he works as a Clinical Support Officer and Wilderness Response Paramedic and serves as founding President of the Australasian Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society (AWEMS).

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Bay of Fires Lodge RescueMED Retreat (5-days)

The course will provide a contemporary overview of medical care in the wilderness and will be facilitated by internationally recognised experts in wilderness medicine. We will introduce the essential components of medical care in remote and austere settings and develop individual practitioners through group discussions, workshops and increasingly challenging scenario-based simulation. This will all be occurring in the tremendously beautiful and luxurious setting of the Bay of Fires Lodge.

This is a rare opportunity to bathe in the beauty of this remote coastal environment whilst pushing yourself to develop your clinical practice in a wilderness setting.  Are you up for the challenge?


"Wilderness Rescue Medicine is an Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine accredited 30-hour course. This course can be utilised by paramedics and nurses for CPD as far as it is relevant to the individual practice setting."

“This course has been approved for Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) credits through the Wilderness Medical Society. Actual credits awarded depend on personal credit needs and history.” See the FAWM course approval here.

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Day One: Workshop Day at Entally Lodge Launceston

Day one is devoted to units that require the use of audiovisual aids and connection to the internet. Morning tea, lunch and dinner are included. 

9:00 am For those staying in Launceston CBD, we offer a complimentary shuttle service from The Sebel Launceston (12/14 St John Street, Launceston). You will need to be ready in front of reception at 8:55 am for a 9 am departure.
9:30 am Airport pick-up.
9:45 am Meet at reception and store luggage.
10:00 am Introduction and Welcome to Course.
10:30 am Safety Considerations.
11:30 am DRSMARCH Overview.
12.30 pm Lunch.
1:30 pm Haemorrhage Control Workshop.
2:30 pm Airway Workshop.
3:00 pm Spinal Cord Protection.
3:30 pm Afternoon Tea.
4:00 pm Hypothermia.
5:00 pm Scenario 1 — Putting it all Together.
6:00 pm Dinner.
7.30 pm Review of day and briefing for tomorrow.

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Day Two: Launceston to the Bay of Fires Lodge

Approximately 4 hours walking

After our morning journey from Launceston, we arrive at the Bay of Fires, to be greeted by the azure blue waters, white sandy beaches and iconic orange lichen-covered granite boulders.  Our lunch spot today is nestled in the dunes near Eddystone Point Lighthouse. We’ll have time to explore the lighthouse and its long-standing story before it's time to get our walking boots sandy as we trek far-stretching beaches that lead to the celebrated Bay of Fires Lodge.

Afternoon tea will be waiting. Come evening, venture into the library or have your hosts deliver a cold drop while you dip toes into a foot spa on the back deck. Dinner is a Tasmanian long-table affair, featuring produce from the island matched with fine local beer and wine.

Workshop elements:

9:15 am Depart Entally Lodge.
12:15 pm Arrive at Eddystone to commence walking.
4:30 pm Arrive at the Bay of Fires Lodge. Scenario 2 at the Lodge.
6:00 pm Drinks and Dinner.


Day Three: RescueMED Retreat

Following a relaxed breakfast, our workshop takes place in the stunning Bay of Fires Lodge with scenarios at nearby locations.

Dinner is a Tasmanian long-table affair, featuring produce from the island matched with fine local beer and wine.

Workshop elements

7:15 am Breakfast.
8:30 am Leadership in Medical Response.
9:30 am Communications in the Wilderness.
10:30 am Water Purification.
11:30 am Navigation Theory in the Wilderness.
12:30 pm Lunch.
1:30 pm Patient Packaging for Movement.
2:30 pm Shelters.
3.30 pm Scenario 3.
6.00 pm Dinner.
7:30 pm Late: Extended Nighttime Scenario 4.


Day Four: RescueMED Retreat

Following a relaxed breakfast, a second workshop day unfolds at the stunning Bay of Fires Lodge with scenarios at nearby locations.

Dinner is again a Tasmanian long-table affair, featuring produce from the island matched with fine local beer and wine.

Workshop elements

7:15-9:30 am Breakfast (goes late due to our late night).
9:30 am Debrief Night Scenario.
10:30 am Bites and Stings in Australasia.
11:30 am Wound Management.
12:30 pm Lunch.
1:30 pm Fracture Management.
2:30 pm Heat Illness.
3.30 pm Scenario 5.
6:00 pm Dinner.
7:30-9:30 pm Debrief/Feedback. Cover off specific questions or gaps.

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Day Five: Return to Launceston rejuvenated

Approximately one hour walking 

Following a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, there’s time for independent exploration before we depart the lodge. Unlike our other walking, today we venture through eucalypt forests and coastal heathland. We’ll enjoy a forest lunch to the sound of native birds, including the endemic green rosella.

We travel on to Launceston where you have the option of leaving us from Entally Lodge around 5:45 pm. We drop off at Launceston Airport at 6pm followed by Launceston CBD at 6:15 pm. If you are staying at Quamby Homestead we will organise a transfer for you.

Upon our return to Entally Lodge there will be time to raise a glass to your acheivements.

Itinerary Details

Bay of Fires 'RescueMED' Retreat (5-days)

May 21-25, 2023 May 27-31, 2023 | $4,575 per person including GST

  • Each trip requires a minimum of 8 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 8.
  • Minimum numbers must be confirmed 4 months prior to departure.


Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions 

These are in addition to our standard booking terms and conditions.

  • All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST.
  • A deposit of $500 per person and the Guest Information Form are due within five days of booking.
  • The final payment is due 90 days before departure. For reservations made three months or less from the departure date, full payment is due at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations
    • more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance payment refunded;
    • between 90 and 60 days prior to departure, you will be charged 50% of the full trip cost with the balance refunded; or
    • within 60 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings are transferable.
  • Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
  • This walk cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.

COVID-19 Peace of Mind Booking Assurance

After the minimum number of bookings has been achieved, the trip is guaranteed to depart.  If for any reason, the trip cannot go ahead due to restrictions placed upon travel due to Covid-19,  guests will be permitted to reschedule their walk to the new date provided for the departure or receive a full refund with no additional fee or rebook a different Walk within 24 months. Cancellations by guests for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.


  • Return transfers between Entally Lodge and the walk.
  • Entally Lodge Workshop Day
    • King room accommodation.
    • Meeting space, tea, coffee, lunch, dinner and breakfast.
  • 3 nights at Bay of Fires Lodge twin share.
    • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a limited selection of Tasmanian wines.
    • Use of a backpack and Gore-tex jacket for the duration of the walk.
    • Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk.
  • Two RescueMED instructors.


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