The Polar Medicine Unit is responsible for screening persons participating in the Australian Antarctic program before departure and providing healthcare services to them throughout their time in the Antarctic.

Pre-departure medical screening is a vital tool for doctors to identify people at risk of developing medical conditions that would be difficult to treat in Antarctica. This screening is essential, as medical evacuation from Australian Antarctic stations cannot be guaranteed due to their inaccessibility by air and sea for many months of the year.

It is usually not necessary to complete this checklist until you have been selected for participation in the Australian Antarctic Program.