HIV, STIs and Sexual Health
Unit of study descriptions for 2015
BMRI5006 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Adam Guastella Session: Semester 2 Classes: 12pm-2pm Monday week 2, 9am-5pm Wednesday weeks 4, 8 and 11 Assessment: online test (20%), case study analysis (40%), extended response questions (40%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy for a range of psychological disorders, with strong foundations in cognitive science and now increasingly in neuroscience. This unit provides a solid foundation in the theoretical and clinical underpinnings of the therapy, with a specific focus on the neuroscience of CBT as applied to various conditions. It demonstrates techniques of CBT, including case assessment, formulation, and therapy components. Students will develop a neurobiological understanding of CBT interventions and examine practice through case examination and group exercises.
INIM5002 Virology and Cell Technology
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Barry Slobedman Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week; 1x4hr practical/tutorial class/week Assessment: 1x2hr written examination based on lecture content (50%), 1x2hr theory of practical examination (15%) and progressive assessment (35%) including oral presentation and written assignment. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to equip graduates with an in-depth knowledge of medical virology and cell technology that will enable them to work effectively as laboratory personnel in relevant hospital laboratories, clinics or research institutions. Students will develop skills in evaluation of scientific literature, in problem-solving and in scientific communication that will enable them to develop careers as administrators or policy-makers in hospitals, health care organisations or government bodies. The core of the program is a series of lectures, given face-to-face and/or available online. Practical classes will focus on the identification of viruses and cell culture technology, and on techniques used in research investigations and will be conducted in an appropriately equipped student laboratory.
The following texts are good basic virology books and cover all the topics covered in lectures.
INIM5011 Advanced Medical Bacteriology
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jim Manos Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week; 2x2hr practical classes or tutorials or student presentations/week Assessment: 1x2hr closed-book (Theory), and 1x1hr closed book (Practical) Value: Theory exam (55%) Progressive assessment (45%) including class tutorial/presentations (25%), practical exam (15%) and laboratory book assessment (5%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study aims to build on the student's basic knowledge of microbiology to provide an awareness of modern concepts and the latest knowledge of medical bacteriology relevant to the susceptibility and response of the host to pathogenic bacteria, with special emphasis on the host-pathogen relationship at the cellular and molecular levels regarding symptoms, virulence factors, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention. The practical component will allow candidates to become familiar with modern molecular-based bacteriological techniques used to identify the characteristic genetic features of bacterial species that cause infections. The unit will provide the advanced scientific and intellectual basis to augment knowledge and understanding, at a postgraduate level, in a career involving medical microbiology or in a related subject area. Lectures will be used to impart knowledge and understanding as well as review key themes of the module. Tutorials will utilise activities such as journal review and topic presentation which enable develop their skills by presenting research on a range of issues including advances in knowledge on bacterial pathogenesis, identification and treatment in Australia and worldwide. The use of case studies will enable candidates to examine breakouts of disease and their investigation by the clinical laboratory. Laboratory sessions will enable students to apply the theoretical concepts of laboratory investigation at the molecular level using advanced molecular techniques of DNA, RNA and protein purification and analysis.
INIM5012 Infection Control and Epidemiology
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Peter McMinn Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week; 2x 1.5hr practical classes/week Assessment: 1x2hr examination (60%), progressive assessments including a practical exam and a written assignment (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit aims to equip graduates to use hospital laboratory services and the research literature in the recognition of individual cases of communicable disease, trace the source of outbreaks and provide a scientific basis for development of institutional infection control policies. There are four specific learning objectives: to know how to estimate the risk of transmission of infection and to assess the value of control measures; to understand the methods used to determine the efficacy of antimicrobial drugs both for treating individual patients and in terms of policy guidelines; to understand the scientific basis of vaccination and its value and limitations in the field; to appreciate the human factors involved in achieving effective infection control. The core of the program is a series of lectures, practical classes and tutorials based on important current or historical examples of epidemic infectious diseases.
Recommended Reading: Infection Prevention and Control: Applied Microbiology for Healthcare, 2nd Edition, Gould, D and Brooker, C. Palgrave McMillan 2008; ISBN 978-0-230-50753-1. Red Book: 2006 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 27th Edition, Pickering, LK, Baker, CJ, Long, SS, McMillan, JA (Eds). American Academy of Pediatrics; 2006.ISBN 978-1-58110-194-2. Although these are recommended reading, other texts are equally sound. We suggest you discuss with the unit coordinator, Peter McMinn, before making a textbook purchase.
INIM5022 Global Control of Infectious Diseases
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Vitali Sintchenko Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2Ã1hr lectures/week, 1Ã3hr practical classes and/or 2Ã2hr tutorials/week Assessment: written examination (40%), progressive assessments comprising written assignment (20%), journal club presentation (20%), laboratory work and tutorial participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will provide students with knowledge about detection, monitoring and control of existing and emerging pathogens, and will provide students with the necessary skills to plan epidemic preparedness strategies, to identify optimal strategies for disease prevention, containment or eradication and to evaluate their effectiveness. This module offers a multidisciplinary framework for understanding the principles of interventions against infectious diseases and focuses on the study of global infectious disease threats in the context of their routes of transmission and potential intervention strategies, as well as the reasons for the success or failure of control programs. The core of this unit is a series of lectures, practical demonstrations and problem-solving tutorials describing real-life examples of diagnostic and surveillance strategies and vaccination policies, community outbreak investigations and epidemic/pandemic preparedness planning. The main principles will be illustrated using examples from epidemic influenza, arbovirus diseases, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and food- and water-borne bacterial infections. A large portion of this unit is based at the State reference laboratories of the Institute of Clinical Pathology & Medical Research at Westmead Hospital, Sydney Medical School - Westmead Campus.
Plotkin SA, Orenstein WA, Offit PA. Vaccines. 5th Ed. Saunders, 2008.
MEDF5005 Health Research Methods and Ethics
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Timothy Schlub Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x compulsory in person interactive full day workshops, 4x optional in person 3hr tutorials, 5x online lectures and discussions, 2x online elective module readings Assessment: Study design and ethics assignment (40%), statistics
assignment (50%),online self-study elective task (10%). Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
This unit of study introduces students to the fundamental skills that are required for postgraduate research in medicine and health. Students will learn how to conduct research that is scientifically and ethically sound, and be able to critically appraise and review literature. Students will understand the strengths and limitations of common study designs and develop simple but important statistical analysis skills, including how to present and interpret data, basic data management skills, and how to determine the required sample size for a study. Obtaining ethics approval is necessary for any study involving the collection or analysis of data involving humans, animals or their tissues. Hence, this unit will also cover ethics in research and when and how to apply for ethics approval. These fundamental skills promote a scholarly attitude towards knowledge and understanding, and are essential for engagement with the research community.
MIPH5112 Global Communicable Disease Control
Credit points: 4 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne, Dr Giselle Manalo Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2 hr lecture per week for 13 weeks; 1x 1hr tutorial per week for 9 weeks plus 1x 1 day peer-learning session through group presentations; also offered fully online. Assessment: 1x group presentation (25%), 1x2500 word written essay (50%), tutorial facilitation (20%) and peer evaluation (5%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit gives candidates an insight into prevention and control of communicable diseases in developing countries using country-specific examples presented by professionals with field experience. The unit covers tropical diseases (including schistosomiasis and leprosy), as well as vector-borne conditions (including yellow fever and dengue), zoonoses and emerging infectious diseases such as pandemic influenza.
Readings are available on the unit's eLearning site.
MIPH5116 Culture, Health, Illness and Medicine
Credit points: 4 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Cynthia Hunter Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2 day workshop; 1 x 2hr seminar per week for 7 weeks; also offered fully online. Assessment: 1x3000word essay (75%) and 1x1hr class facilitation (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to provide an integrated and interpretive approach to an understanding of health-related behaviours of populations in international settings, by synthesizing anthropological knowledge and methodology, and the interactions of culture, biology, psychology and environment. The teaching process is by student-led, lecturer-guided, discussion based review and critical analysis of relevant topics. During the unit, students will explore a range of issues in global and multicultural health from an anthropological perspective. Methodological approaches will encompass ethnography and other anthropological data collection methods. The issues covered will include cultural influences on health, illness and healing, such as indigenous and traditional beliefs and systems, gender and cultural change and the impact of modernization and development on illness and healing. The impact examines disease and illness patterns - their distribution and persistence, mental illness and culture and attitudes towards the use of medications; and the provision of culturally sensitive and appropriate services. The emphasis will be on covering a range of topic areas relevant to the students enrolled, and those of particular importance in contemporary international and multicultural health contexts.
Readings are available on the unit's eLearning site.
MIPH5118 Global Perspectives of HIV/AIDS
Credit points: 4 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joel Negin Session: Semester 2a Classes: 4 days of intensive lectures spread over a 1 month period; also offered fully online Assessment: 1xgroup report (20%), peer evaluation (10%), 1x2000 word individual assignment (60%), and participation in discussions (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit offers a detailed and evidence-based assessment of the global HIV situation to equip students with the latest understanding of HIV distribution and trends globally, its social and economic implications, the measures being taken to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, the gaps that need to be addressed in HIV control, and the politics around global HIV issues. Examples from different parts of the world, particularly less developed settings, are used to illustrate key issues influencing the HIV control agenda globally. Emphasis is placed on developing a critical and analytical approach to assessing the HIV situation and developing interventions for its control.
Readings are available on the unit's eLearning site.
MIPH5131 Foundations of International Health
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Robert Cumming, Dr Joel Negin Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture per week for 12 weeks; 2x1 day seminars and 1x1hr tutorial per week for 9 weeks; also offered fully online. Assessment: 1x 1500 word assignment (20%), 1xgroup presentation (25%), 1x2500 word assignment (45%) and tutorial discussion (10%) Mode of delivery: Online
The unit aims to provide candidates with a multidisciplinary perspective of the interplay between health and development in low- and middle-income countries from a range of social science and public health disciplines. The unit will cover the following themes: health and development, Millennium Development Goals, poverty and health, gender and health, , climate change and health, population ageing, food security, human rights and health, health systems, health policy, human resources for health, and primary health care. At the end of the unit, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relation between health and development; demonstrate an understanding of how health systems and policies operate in developing countries; and demonstrate an understanding of the role played by the various international organisations and agencies in health in less developed settings.
Readings are available on the unit's eLearnng site.
MIPH5135 Health Systems in Developing Countries
Credit points: 4 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joel Negin, Associate Professor Alexandra Martiniuk Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2hr lecture per week for 10 weeks; plus 2x 0.5 day workshops Assessment: 1x1500 word research proposal (40%), 1x2000 word case study report (50%), and participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Health systems are complex and multi-faceted. Successful health systems require attention to political economy, governance, institutions, and local context. This unit will cover health systems in developing countries to equip students with a conceptual understanding and a set of tools to address major public health challenges from a health systems perspective. With a focus on evidence-based decision making, the unit will provide an understanding of health systems including specific topics such as health workforce, financing, service delivery, information systems and policy, and how these impact health interventions and health status in less developed countries. A multi-sectoral, integrated model will be used to understand the varied aspects of development challenges related to health systems. A case study approach will then provide students with concrete examples of health systems challenges and will strengthen students' ability to view health problems in a holistic, multi-faceted manner. The unit will provide students with the tools needed to make a practical difference in health systems in less developed countries with emphasis on implementation of health projects and bringing interventions to scale.
Readings are available on the unit's eLearning site.
NURS5071 Contemporary Health Leadership
Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: distance education/intensive on campus, up to 4 study days Assessment: essay (50%) and assignment (30%) and reflection (20%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
The need for leadership across all clinical disciplines has been shown to be integral to safe practice and strong staff morale. Providing a clear and unambiguous framework for practice and fostering skills in moral stewardship is known to enable personal growth and strong clinical care. This unit explores a range of issues for clinicians including their legal and ethical obligations, concepts of accountability and collegiality, and strategies to increase resilience and emotional intelligence. It aims to equip students to take initiative, create supportive and sustaining clinical environments, have the courage of their convictions, and to celebrate curiosity.
The Australian health care system has experienced significant clinical, structural and socio-political transformations over the last two decades (collectively referred to as reform). The need for stronger and more effective leadership has never been more evident, particularly at the clinical interface. The chronic recruitment and retention issues and the changed nature of the nursing workforce and health workforce generally, vis-à-vis different levels of carers with diverse skill mix, have constructed a healthcare environment in which experienced (advanced) clinicians are positioned at the core of leadership development. While the concept of leadership is not new, the provision of leadership in the clinical arena is now a central component of clinical practice for all health professionals, regardless of experience, education or position.
As we increasingly experience a globalised world, we recognise that leadership is not the same in all contexts. This unit is structured on an innovative case-based approach. Through using case studies along with the theoretical constructs / perspectives, students are encouraged to critique the achievements and failures of real-time leadership scenarios (and the leaders). This approach to student learning moves away from the traditional `constructivistic approachÂ¿ to management education, which is both subjective and prescriptive (Darmer 2000). The case study method facilitates examination of real leadership scenarios through which students can gain greater insight into the challenges that confront leaders in complex environments and how these challenges impact decision-making processes.
As a postgraduate unit of study, this unit pursues critical analysis of the context in which leadership occurs. In the process of completing this unit, students cover a broad range of topics and explore the literature from a number of disciplines including management, sociology and nursing. While this unit of study is broad, it is designed to allow students to gain a more detailed understanding of the multiple and often conflicting contexts in which health leadership is now situated.
PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Kevin McGeechan and Dr Patrick Kelly Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 x 2hr lecture, 10 x 1hr lectures, 11 x 2hr tutorials, 2 x 1hr and 8 x 0.5hr statistical computing self directed learning tasks over 12 weeks - lectures and tutorials may be completed online Assessment: 1x4 page assignment (30%) and 1x2.5hr open-book exam (70%). For distance students it may be possible to complete the exam externally with the approval of the course coordinator. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
This unit aims to provide students with an introduction to statistical concepts, their use and relevance in public health. This unit covers descriptive analyses to summarise and display data; concepts underlying statistical inference; basic statistical methods for the analysis of continuous and binary data; and statistical aspects of study design. Specific topics include: sampling; probability distributions; sampling distribution of the mean; confidence interval and significance tests for one-sample, two paired samples and two independent samples for continuous data and also binary data; correlation and simple linear regression; distribution-free methods for two paired samples, two independent samples and correlation; power and sample size estimation for simple studies; statistical aspects of study design and analysis. Students will be required to perform analyses using a calculator and will also be required to conduct analyses using statistical software (SPSS). It is expected that students spend an additional 2 hours per week preparing for their tutorials. Computing tasks are self-directed.
Course notes are provided.
PUBH5027 Public Health Program Evaluation Methods
Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Adrian Bauman, Dr Philayrath Phongsavan Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 day residential workshop in semester 2 Assessment: in-class participation (20%) and one 1500 word assignments at the end of the unit (80%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
This unit of study is taught over two days of residential workshop and is an introduction to Public health program evaluation principles. It builds on core MPH methods subjects, but extends learning objectives to develop skills in practical and applied public health and health promotion program planning, evaluation and research methods. Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be used in program evaluation discussions, but the major focus will be on measuring the implementation of programs, and assessing program impact. There is an emphasis on evaluating 'real world' programs that address chronic disease prevention and health promotion, but other broad public health content areas will also be used as examples. The unit comprises four areas of discussion, including the [i] principles of evaluation; [ii] research designs and methodological issues for community and applied public health settings; [iii] methods for measuring program impact and outcomes; and [iv] the principles of research translation and dissemination. Attendance at the two days of residential teaching is compulsory for participants.
Recommended: Bauman A, Nutbeam D. Evaluation in a Nutshell. McGraw Hill Sydney (2nd Edition, 2013)
PUBH5416 Vaccines in Public Health
Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rob Menzies, Dr Aditi Dey Session: Semester 2 Classes: Preparatory online lectures and 1x 2day workshop at the Children's Hospital Westmead Prerequisites: PUBH5010 or CEPI5100 or PUBH5018 Assessment: 2x short online quizzes (10%) plus 1x 2000 word assignment (90%) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Note: Students who have not done the core units of study in epidemiology (PUBH5010 or CEPI5100) or biostatistics (PUBH5018) but have previous demonstrable experience in these study areas will be required to request permission from the unit of study coordinator to enrol in this unit of study. Permission is required to ensure that students have a basic grounding in epidemiology and biostatistics. The coordinator emails the Postgraduate Student Administration Unit to advise whether or not the student has permission to enrol.
The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of immunisation principles, the impact of vaccination on the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs), how to assess the need for new vaccines and how to implement and monitor a new vaccination program. This unit covers the history and impact of vaccination; basic immunological principles of immunisation; surveillance of diseases, vaccination coverage, vaccine effectiveness and adverse events; vaccine scares; risk communication; immunisation in the developing country context; assessing disease burden and new vaccines. Learning activities include short online preparatory lectures and a workshop with interactive lectures and small group case studies.
SEXH5200 Advanced STIs
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Richard Hillman, Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar Session: Semester 1 Classes: Semester 1, Normal Day: compulsory attendance at 3x1hr lectures and 1x1hr journal club per week; Semester 1 Block Mode (only available to domestic Master of Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health) and domestic Master of Science in Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health) students subject to permission from the unit of study coordinator: On-line: 3x1hr lectures and 1x1hr journal club per week; plus block intensive mode 2 days, 9am Â¿ 5pm. Assessment: written examination (40%); short written discussion topics (15%); multiple choice quizzes (35%); journal club (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: The Block Mode (BM) attendance is reserved for Domestic students only.
This unit aims to describe the epidemiology, microbiology, pathogenesis, clinical features and management strategies for the common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). HIV infection will only be covered in the context of its interactions with other STIs.
At the end of this unit, students will be able to discuss the microbiology, pathogenesis and epidemiology of the common STIs. They will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the clinical spectrum of STIs, including asymptomatic infection, genital manifestations, extragenital manifestations and problems related to pregnancy. When discussing STI management, students will understand the impact of STIs at individual, relationship and community levels and how needs differ with risk activity group and geographical location.
Course content will include the basic anatomy, physiology and clinical skills required for the investigation of STIs; the epidemiology, microbiology and clinical aspects of the following conditions: vaginal discharge, urethral discharge, genital ulceration, upper genital tract infections, sexually transmitted hepatitis, syphilis, anogenital warts and cancer, genital infestations, genital dermatology and other conditions likely to present in a sexual health context. Issues related to difficulties of access to treatment and the challenges faced in resource-poor settings will also be covered.
SEXH5202 Advanced HIV Infection
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, Dr Roger Garsia, Associate Professor Richard Hillman Session: Semester 2 Classes: Semester 2, Normal Day: compulsory attendance at 3x1hr lectures and 1x1hr journal club per week; Semester 2, Block Mode (only available to domestic Master of Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health) and domestic Master of Science in Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health) students subject to permission from the unit of study coordinator: On-line: 3x1hr lectures and 1x1hr journal club per week; plus block intensive mode 2 days, 9am Â¿ 5pm. Assessment: written examination (40%); case-based discussions (10%); multiple choice quizzes (30%); journal club (10%); class presentations (10%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: The Block Mode (BM) attendance is reserved for Domestic students only.
This unit aims to describe the epidemiology, biology, pathogenesis and clinical contexts of HIV infection. At the end of this unit, students will be able to understand the laboratory, clinical and social aspects of the diagnosis and management of HIV infection. Course content will include underlying scientific principles of diagnostics, virology, immunology and pathogenesis as applicable to HIV infection; clinical aspects of HIV infection, including seroconversion, asymptomatic infection, early symptomatic disease, major opportunistic infections (including AIDS-related conditions), tumours and death. Emphasis will be placed on the roles of prophylaxis, antiretrovirals and the management of associated conditions. Legal, ethical and social contexts will also be discussed.
SEXH5205 Advanced Adolescent Sexual Health
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Melissa Kang Session: Semester 2 Classes: fully online Prohibitions: SEXH5204 Assessment: continuous assessment including participation in group discussion(30%), in-depth case discussion (30%) and 1500 word essay (40%). Mode of delivery: Online
This unit aims to introduce the constructs of adolescent sexuality, explore the determinants of adolescent sexual health and to discuss the personal and public health implications of adolescent sexuality, with additional emphasis on a deeper exploration of an area of adolescent sexual health that is of particular interest to the student.
At the end of this unit of study, students will be able to describe the biological, developmental and socio-cultural contexts of adolescent sexual health as well as the constructs, challenges and diversities of adolescent sexuality. They will learn techniques used to optimize communication with adolescents and explore legal, ethical and public health implications of adolescent sexuality. They will also understand and describe one area of adolescent sexual health that the student chooses to study in depth from a list of suggestions.
The course is taught fully online using a range of assessments including group discussion, short answer questions and discussions based on case scenarios. It is divided into 6 modules: adolescent sexuality, adolescent sexual health, reproductive health issues in adolescence, diversity, legal and ethical issues and sexual health promotion.
SEXH5206 Diagnostic Methods in Sexual Health
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, Professor David Lewis, Associate Professor Richard Hillman Session: Semester 1 Classes: Semester 1: blended online with a compulsory one week laboratory practical session towards the end of the course which will compliment the online learning; Semester 1 Intensive (only available with permission of the unit of study coordinator): blended online - compulsory attendance at classes during week 5 and attendance at a compulsory one week laboratory practical session towards the end of the course Assessment: online quizzes (25%); case based presentations (20%); online discussion (15%); written exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students who are not enrolled in the HIV,STIs and Sexual Health programs offered through Sydney Medical School must apply to Associate Professor Richard Hillman for permission to enrol in this unit of study.
This unit aims to introduce the student to the common methods used in the diagnosis and management of infections with the common Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs), including HIV.
At the end of this unit, students will be able to understand the principles of Infection Control; methods used in diagnostic microbiology including specimen collection, storage and transport; specific diagnostic techniques and the interpretation of laboratory results; principle methods of detection for the following organisms: Chlamydia trachomatis, Candida albicans, genital mycoplasmas, Herpes simplex viruses, Human papillomaviruses, Molluscum contagiosum, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Treponema pallidum, Trichomonas vaginalis, tropical genital ulcerating conditions and genital ectoparasites. Students will also be able to discuss methods used and interpretation of Hepatitis serology; laboratory aspects of syndromic management of vaginal discharge, urethral discharge, rectal discharge and prostatism; the diagnosis and management of HIV infection; the diagnosis of HIV-related opportunistic infections and tumours, and genital cytological assessment.
Course content will include reading materials and exercises. A compulsory intensive one week face-to-face lab practicum allows students to consolidate their theoretical knowledge.
SEXH5401 Introduction-HIV,STIs and Sexual Health
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar Session: Semester 1 Classes: On-line Assessment: 2 Group work tasks (10%) and (20%); online quiz (20%); 2x 1500 word assignments (20%) and (30%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit will explore the social, psychological, public health and medical aspects of sexuality and common sexually transmissible infections including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Emphasis will be placed on the way in which they impact on society, present to clinical services, and can be prevented and effectively managed.
Students will develop an awareness of all aspects of sexual health, including the importance of multidisciplinary approaches and the sexual rights of all individuals. The potential geographic, societal, cultural and political challenges faced in the delivery of effective sexual health care will be discussed.
The unit will introduce students to inquiry based learning and develop an understanding of the importance of evidence based practice.
Our Sexuality. 12th Edition, 2014 Robert L. Crooks, Karla Baur.
SEXH5403 Counselling in Sexual Health 2
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Christopher Fox Session: Semester 2 Classes: On-line plus block/intensive mode 4 days 9am-5pm Prerequisites: SEXH5402 and SEXH5404 Corequisites: SEXH5401 Prohibitions: BIOS5072 Assessment: 1x Group work task (25%); online quiz (20%); 1x 2000 word assignment (20%); 1x 2500 word assignment (25%);discussion board involvement (10%) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Students will explore the application, practice and evidence base of a range of counselling techniques/models to sexual health settings. These will include: gender and sexual diversity issues, sexual dysfunction, pornography and sex addictions, and sexual abuse.
The unit of study will be conducted in two stages. Stage one is an online component and stage two is a compulsory face-to-face four-day workshop. During the workshop students will extend their knowledge and practice of counselling and psychotherapeutic interventions for sexual health concerns through role-plays, as well as participate in a Sexual Attitude Re-Assessment Seminar (SARS).
At the conclusion of this unit, students will be able to: (i) Apply a variety of counselling and/or psychotherapeutic techniques in addressing sexual health concerns; (ii) Critique the application of counselling and/or psychotherapeutic techniques in addressing sexual health concerns; (iii) Develop treatment/management plans for a variety of sexual health concerns; and (iv) Develop an awareness of sexual attitudes.
Corey, Gerald (2011) Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy ISBN: 9780840028549
SEXH5404 Variations in Sexual Function
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Christopher Fox Session: Semester 1 Classes: On-line plus block/intensive mode 4 days 9am-5pm Corequisites: SEXH5401 Assessment: 2x group work tasks (15%, 15%); online quiz (20%); 2x 1500 word assignments (20%, 20%); discussion board involvement (10%). Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
This unit will provide students an overview of current research on the biological and psychosocial factors that influence the sexual response throughout the lifecycle, and explore diagnostic criteria, aetiology and management of sexual dysfunctions.
At the end of the unit students will:
(i) Critically discuss the concept of 'normality' in sexual function and the biological and psychosocial factors that determine this.
(ii) Understand the male and female sexual response cycle and factors that affect this.
(iii) Demonstrate knowledge of classifications of male and female sexual dysfunctions and clinical presentations of each.
(iv) Be able to diagnose a range of common sexual dysfunctions.
(v) Be competent to interpret the evidence base for best practice in the management options for selected sexual dysfunctions and select those appropriate for specific individuals/couples.
(vi) Reflect on the application of best practice in the management of sexual dysfunctions as it fits in with their personal and professional context.
(vii) Demonstrate the ability to identify a research question in sexual function and dysfunction and develop a simple research project.
J Bancroft (ed), Human Sexuality and Its Problems (3rd ed), Churchill Livingstone (2008); Reproductive and Sexual Health: an Australian Clinical Practice Handbook 2nd edition Family Planning NSW
SEXH5405 Contraception and Reproductive Health
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ellie Freedman, Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online plus block/intensive mode: 3 days, (9am-5pm) at Family Planning NSW, Ashfield. Assessment: on-line posts to demonstrate participation (20%); online quiz (20%); group case study presented at block/intensive workshop (30%); assignment essay (30%) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of fertility, including hormonal and non-hormonal reversible contraceptive methods, emergency contraception and permanent methods of contraception. At the end of the unit students will be able to:
(i) Discuss the available options for controlling fertility, including hormonal and non-hormonal reversible contraceptive methods, emergency contraception and permanent methods of contraception.
(ii) Understand the reproductive health needs of women from adolescence through to menopause.
(iii) Understand the consequences of unintended pregnancy and describe the options available to women; discuss the impact of unsafe abortion in an international context.
(iv) Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of age, culture, tradition, society, personal beliefs, disability and health on contraceptive choices.
(v) Understand the effect of sexual violence on reproductive health.
Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia. Contraception: An Australian clinical practice handbook. 3rd Edition. Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia, 2012.
SEXH5406 Professional Placement
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Amanda Robb, Associate Professor Richard Hillman; Dr Spring Cooper, Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, Dr Christopher Fox. Session: Intensive January,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: On-line (2x1hr group discussion)/week plus block/intensive mode: 3 days, 9am-5pm; Professional placement Prerequisites: SEXH5401 Assessment: Direct observation of profession-specific tasks, Reflective Log Book, Written assignment (50%), Oral group presentation (50%). Practical field work: direct observation of profession-specific tasks; reflective log book; written assignment (50%); oral group presentation (50%). Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
This unit is the capstone unit for all students.
It provides students with an introduction to the essential practical competences in their specific stream. It emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of clinical practice excellence, within a framework of inquiry based learning and evidence based practice.
(i) Students from clinical backgrounds will be attached to sexual health and HIV clinics and observe or manage patient care under supervision for a total of 15 sessions (half days). Whenever possible, attachments will be tailored to complement the candidates' past clinical experience.
(ii) Students from Public Health and laboratory backgrounds will have relevant fieldwork or laboratory attachments, together with some clinical exposure if applicable.
(iii) Students from counseling backgrounds will explore the design and application of counseling interventions in supervised placements for a total of 80 hours.
The university will assist in locating clinical, laboratory and counseling placements.
In addition, students will work in inter-professional groups to reflect on their role in team management of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health, and learn how to develop a relevant research proposal.
SEXH5407 Sex Gender and Sexuality
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Christopher Fox Session: Semester 2 Classes: On-line (1x2hr lecture and 2x1hr group disc and 1x1hr tutorial)/week plus block/intensive mode: 4 days, 9am-5pm Assessment: 2x Group work tasks (15%, 15%); Quiz (20%); 2x 1500 word Assignments (20%, 20%); Discussion board involvement (10%). Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
This unit will provide the student with an understanding of the biological basis of sexual development from foetus to adulthood and the socio-cultural factors that determine their expression; sensitise the student to the terminology of gender discourse and an overview of the range of gender and sexual differences and practices in the community and associated psychosocial issues.
At the end of this unit students will be able to:
(i) Demonstrate an understanding of the terminology used in gender discourse.
(ii) Describe the biology of sexual development from fetus to adolescence and an understanding of the psychological and social factors that influence the process.
(iii) Describe syndromes of atypical sexual development and demonstrate an understanding of the medical, psychosocial and ethical concerns in the management.
(iv) Demonstrate an understanding of the biological, social and psychological factors that influence the expression of gender identity and sexual orientation in the community.
(v) Explore the Social and Psychological issues surrounding gender minorities in the community.
(vi) Discuss the social support systems and needs of gender minorities and their importance to wellbeing and quality of life.
(vii) Evaluate the legal and ethical concerns and problems faced by gender minorities in a global context.
(viii) Identify and prioritise research issues in the area of sex and gender.
Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity (2009) Third Edition ed Janell L Carroll Thomson Wadsworth.
SEXH5408 HIV/STI Program Delivery
Credit points: 2 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, Dr Joel Negin Session: Semester 2b Classes: block/intensive mode: 4 x 0.5 day sessions Prohibitions: MIPH5129 Assessment: workgroup Assignment (50%); individual assignment (30%), online discussion (20%) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Note: It is advisable for students to also undertake MIPH5118.
Effective project management in HIV & STIs is an important contributor to the health and development objectives of developing countries. The unit aims to give students a good understanding of the concepts, methodologies and approaches of international health project management in HIV and STIs. It will provide an introduction to the Logical Framework Approach and give students an opportunity for hands-on practice through the design of a project in an international setting. Potential challenges to delivery will also be explored.
Reading pack will be provided.
SEXH5409 Adult Sexual Assault
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Katherine Brown, Associate Professor Richard Hillman Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online plus block/intensive mode: 2 days, (9am-5pm) at Camperdown/Darlington campus. Assessment: workbook (30%); participation on campus (30%); case study (20%); completion of 1 expert certificate (20%) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
This course has been designed particularly to meet the needs of doctors and nurses working in sexual assault forensic medicine but may be applicable for other health professionals with an interest in this area. Basic clinical background information such as simple anatomy would be an advantage.
Adult sexual assault is not uncommon and requires a holistic medical and forensic response, including skilled forensic examination. This course will concentrate on the physical aspects of sexual assault and its sequelae within the context of acute trauma. It will provide the student with the background to performing a forensic medical examination, collection of specimens and reporting requirements required by investigating authorities and the Courts. On completion of this unit, the student will be able to describe the basic anatomy of the anogenital region of females and males; the range of genital and bodily injuries; and written, graphic and photographic documentation required. The student will be prepared for the process of specimen collection, maintaining the chain of evidence and issues related to obtaining valid consent. The processes used in the analysis of forensic evidence, including DNA and drug testing will be described, together with the use of prophylaxis, counselling and follow up testing for sexually transmissible infections and pregnancy. Development of court reports will be discussed. The psychosocial aspects of acute trauma and their role in management will also be described. The assessment tasks will enable students to embed their knowledge in the legal and cultural context of their own workplace.
SEXH5412 Sexual Health & Relationships Education
Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Patricia Weerakoon Session: Semester 2 Classes: On-line (2x1hr group discussion)/week plus block/intensive mode: 3 days, 9am-5pm Assessment: online discussion (30%); online quiz (20%); lesson plan project (20%); policy paper (30%) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
This unit of study will explore the evidence base, implications and considerations when delivering sexual health and relationships education in school and community settings from both Australian and global perspectives.
Research Units of Study Descriptions 2015
MEDF4001 Medicine Research A
Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit and the associated units, MEDF4002, MEDF4003, MEDF4004, and MEDF4005, are research units of study. The contents and assessments are determined according to each individual student's needs.
MEDF4002 Medicine Research B
Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: MEDF4001 Mode of delivery: Supervision
MEDF4003 Medicine Research C
Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: MEDF4002 Mode of delivery: Supervision
MEDF4004 Medicine Research D
Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: MEDF4003 Mode of delivery: Supervision