The Society is focused on education, professional development and sharing
through the Society's conferences and other means; including information
provided on this website to members and others. Support is provided for
members to travel and attend international conferences and seminars;
including those of our partner organisations in other parts of the
The Society has developed of a set of minimum standards aimed at
enhancing optimal patient care while aiming for the highest level of
safety. The emphasis is on quality.
Formed in 1985 as the Australian chapter of the International Society of
Aeromedical Services (ISAS), the organisation was renamed the
Aeromedical Society of Australasia in 2010 to reflect
the important role and professional standing our members have in the
aeromedical industry and community-at-large.
The Society had its beginnings in Europe; as described in the paper 'ISAS
Beginnings' (below) presented by Gerhard Kugler, one of the 'fathers' of
air medicine, to the Society's 2007 scientific meeting in Wellington, NZ.
Following the 1985 AirMed meeting in Zurich, members from Australia and
New Zealand created an Australasian chapter which has thrived beyond the
life of the original ISAS; holding annual meetings, publishing
newsletters and developing standards.
In October 2009, agreements were signed with similar organisations in
Europe (EHAC) and North America (AAMS). These agreements outlined a
shared vision between the Society and each of these two organisations for
improving aeromedical care for our patients. In 2012, a similar agreement
was signed with the Society of Aeromedicine Malaysia (SAMM)
In September 2010, after extensive discussion and much deliberation over
several years, the annual general meeting approved a change to the name
of the organisation from "ISAS (Australasian Chapter)" to
"Aeromedical Society of Australasia". Since the original
'ISAS' based in Europe no longer existed, it seemed illogical for an
Australasian Chapter to still use that name.