Paediatric Medicine

Units of study descriptions for 2015

Compulsory units of study
Stream specific units of study
Group A - offered in odd years
PAED5001 Paediatric Immunisation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Nick Wood, Dr Dianne Campbell, Dr Anne Morris Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online. Students will spend approx 10 hours/week (x 13 weeks) engaging in case-based learning, incl. online discussion of case scenarios, self-directed case reviews and literature appraisal. Regular access to an internet connected computer is vital. Assessment: 2x1000wd essays (40%), MCQ exam (10%) and participation in online discussion forum (50%). Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit of study is only offered in odd numbered years
This unit of study will cover the important and latest aspects of immunisation in childhood. Basic science aspects covered will include the immunology of immunisation, the process of development of new vaccines and latest research developments in new vaccines. The clinical features of the currently vaccine preventable conditions of childhood will be covered through clinical scenarios, integrating the epidemiology, basic science and current immunisation schedule.
Immunisation in special populations and situations will be covered and the social and philosophical implications of immunisation will be explored.
PAED5004 Independent Studies

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Morris, Professor Dianne Campbell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: face to face meetings with supervisor Assessment: mid semester progress report with final report submission online Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: A candidate must have obtained approval from the Course Coordinator to enrol in this unit of study.
Candidates may contract to undertake independent studies or research in a particular field of interest in paediatrics. Students undertaking a research project will be required to nominate an appropriate supervisor relevant to their field of research. The project is negotiated with your supervisor and based on a written Learning Contract which you will provide to the unit coordinator. Your supervisor will help you select a topic and define the research questions. You are encouraged to select a project that is directly relevant to your own work setting. As part of the Independent Study you will develop your own learning outcomes. The project can be undertaken in either Semester One or Two (6 credit points). You will produce a scholarly piece of work that is suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
PMED5100 Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Cheryl Jones, Professor Dianne Campbell, Dr Anne Morris Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online. Students will spend approx 10 hours/week (x 13 weeks) engaging in case-based learning, incl. online discussion of case scenarios, self-directed case reviews and literature appraisal. Regular access to an internet connected computer is vital. Assessment: 2x2000-3000 word project (or its equivalent) (40%), MCQ exam (10%), and participation in online discussion forum (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit of study is only offered in odd numbered years
This unit investigates in-depth the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of paediatric infectious diseases. Modules of study within this unit will include: worldwide patterns of infectious disease, including assessment of scope of problem and burden of disease; common paediatric infectious diseases; current evidenced based practice for diagnosis and treatment of common childhood infectious diseases; infectious diseases in special populations such as immunocompromised, malnourished and indigenous populations; issues of policy and public health; emerging infectious diseases in paediatric settings.
PMED5102 Paediatric Nutrition and Obesity

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Louise Baur, Dr Shirley Alexander, Dr Anne Morris Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online. Students will spend approx 10 hours/week (x 13 weeks) engaging in case-based learning, incl. online discussion of case scenarios, self-directed case reviews and literature appraisal. Regular access to an internet connected computer is vital. Assessment: 2x1000word essay (40%), MCQ exam (10%), and participation in online forum (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit of study is only offered in odd numbered years
This unit examines the worldwide status and trends in child and adolescent obesity, incorporating a focus on paediatric nutrition. It explores the determinants, clinical assessment, medical complications, management and prevention of this important public health problem. There is a close integration of epidemiology, basic science and best available evidence in management and prevention into clinically based scenarios. Our aim is to provide you with a broad knowledge base and ability to apply scientific theory and clinical evidence to the diagnosis and management of obesity in childhood. This will include grounding in the complex social, cultural and environmental factors contributing to the continuance of childhood obesity throughout the world.
PMED5103 Paediatric Gastroenterology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Shoma Dutt Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online. Students will spend approx 10 hours/week (x 13 weeks) engaging in case-based learning, incl. online discussion of case scenarios, self-directed case reviews and literature appraisal. Regular access to an internet connected computer is vital. Assessment: 2x2000word project (or its equivalent) (40%), MCQ exam (10%), and participation in online discussion forum (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit of study is only offered in odd numbered years
This unit closely examines current principle and practice of paediatric gastroenterology. Modules of study within this unit will include: worldwide patterns of paediatric gastroenterological disorders; disorders of oesophagus and stomach, focusing on evidence based evaluation and treatment of Gastroesophageal reflux, helicobacter disease; evidence based evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic liver disease, and pancreatic disorders; evidence based evaluation and treatment of enteropathies; recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases; emerging paediatric gastroenterological disorders.
Group B - offered in even years
PAED5000 Neonatal Medicine

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr John Sinn, Dr Anne Morris Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online. Students will spend approx 10 hours/week (x 13 weeks) engaging in case-based learning, incl. online discussion of case scenarios, self-directed case reviews and literature appraisal. Regular access to an internet connected computer is vital. Assessment: 2x1000word essay (50%) and participation in online forum (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit of study is only offered in even numbered years
This unit of study will cover the latest advances in critical care of the newborn. Modules of study will include perinatal medicine, neonatal resuscitation and newborn transport. The unit will explore the clinical manifestations of important respiratory, cardiac, metabolic and neurological disorders presenting in the newborn. Changing patterns of neuro-developmental outcome in preterm and critically unwell neonates will be examined. The latest neonatal resuscitation guidelines will be critically appraised and current evidence for best practice in critical care of the newborn will be applied to a series of clinical scenarios involving neonatal common and life-threatening conditions. This unit is designed to encompass a range of likely neonatal clinical scenarios and disorders which clinicians may face in rural, remote, primary and tertiary level settings.
PAED5002 Adolescent Medicine

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Morris Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online. Students will spend approx 10 hours/week (x 13 weeks) engaging in case-based learning, incl. online discussion of case scenarios, self-directed case reviews and literature appraisal. Regular access to an internet connected computer is vital. Assessment: 2 x 1000word project (or its equivalent) (50%), and participation in online discussion forum (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit of study is only offered in even numbered years
This unit examines the medical and psychosocial issues affecting the adolescent age group. Modules include eating disorders, chronic illness, drugs and alcohol and adolescent gynaecology, sexual health and adolescent mental health. There will be a focus on the approach to the adolescent patient, the clinical issues related to the most commonly encountered diseases affecting adolescents as well as consideration of public health policy as it relates to adolescents.
PAED5003 General and Developmental Paediatrics

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Morris Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online. Students will spend approx 10 hours/week (x 13 weeks) engaging in case-based learning, incl. online discussion of case scenarios, self-directed case reviews and literature appraisal. Regular access to an internet connected computer is vital. Assessment: 2x 1000 word project (or its equivalent) (50%) and participation in online discussion forum (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: The unit of study is on offer in even numbered years
This unit examines some of the common medical and developmental conditions encountered in paediatric practice. There will be a focus on the approach to the child with a developmental disability and behavioural disorders, as well as latest evidence for diagnosis, investigation, prognosis and management of other common and important medical conditions. Specific modules include developmental disability, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, child protection, enuresis, feeding disorders of infancy and common neurological and renal conditions.
PAED5004 Independent Studies

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Morris, Professor Dianne Campbell Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: face to face meetings with supervisor Assessment: mid semester progress report with final report submission online Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: A candidate must have obtained approval from the Course Coordinator to enrol in this unit of study.
Candidates may contract to undertake independent studies or research in a particular field of interest in paediatrics. Students undertaking a research project will be required to nominate an appropriate supervisor relevant to their field of research. The project is negotiated with your supervisor and based on a written Learning Contract which you will provide to the unit coordinator. Your supervisor will help you select a topic and define the research questions. You are encouraged to select a project that is directly relevant to your own work setting. As part of the Independent Study you will develop your own learning outcomes. The project can be undertaken in either Semester One or Two (6 credit points). You will produce a scholarly piece of work that is suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
PMED5101 Paediatric Asthma and Allergy

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Morris, Professor Dianne Campbell Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online. Students will spend approx 10 hours/week (x 13 weeks) engaging in case-based learning, incl. online discussion of case scenarios, self-directed case reviews and literature appraisal. Regular access to an internet connected computer is vital. Assessment: 2x1000word essay (40%), MCQ exam (10%), and participation in online forum (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit of study is only offered in even numbered years
This unit examines the worldwide status and trends in child and adolescent asthma and allergic disease. It explores the determinants, clinical assessment, medical complications, management and prevention of these important public health problems. Our aim is to inspect the current clinical practice and principles that underlie the diagnosis and management of paediatric asthma and allergic disorders. There is a close integration of epidemiology; basic science and best available evidence in management that are revealed through clinically based scenarios. Important cutting edge and controversial concepts and treatments are explored.
General elective units of study
BETH5104 Bioethics, Law and Society

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sascha Callaghan Session: Semester 1 Classes: 4x8hr intensives or online. Attendance is compulsory if enrolled in face-to-face block mode. Assessment: 1x2000wd problem (40%); 1x3500 word essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: A three-year undergraduate degree in science, medicine, nursing, allied health sciences, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, law, history, or other relevant field, or by special permission
This unit of study begins by introducing students to intersections amongst health care, ethics, and the law. In particular students will explore the moral basis of law and the means by which law influences moral norms, clinical practice, and health policy. Students learn how to critically read and analyse primary sources of law relevant to bioethics. Students will then examine a number of areas of law that have particular significance for bioethics and society including consent, tort law, competence, advance directives, maternal-foetal conflicts, abortion, reproduction, end-of-life-decision-making, genetics and infectious disease.
All assessments must be completed to pass this Unit.
Textbooks
Required: Kerridge, Lowe and Stewart (2013), Ethics and law for the health profession, 4th Edition (Federation Press). All other compulsory readings are provided to students in digital format. Most supplementary readings can be accessed through the library collection.
BETH5204 Clinical Ethics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ainsley Newson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 4x8hr Intensives or Distance Education (online). Attendance is compulsory if enrolled in face-to-face mode. Assessment: 1x1500wd case study (30%); 1x2500wd essay (50%); continuous assessment (short weekly tasks) (10%); `Best 3¿ short weekly tasks (10%). Mode of delivery: Online
This unit will provide students with an overview of the ethical issues that underlie the delivery of healthcare. Students will explore major conceptual models for ethical reasoning in the clinical context; key ethical concepts in the clinical encounter (such as consent, professionalism and confidentiality); major contexts in which ethical issues arise in clinical practice; and the design and delivery of clinical ethics consultation. The unit will also consider specific issues and populations within clinical practice, such as the care of vulnerable populations . Learning activities will include lectures (in an intensive format), facilitated discussion, case study activities, readings and weekly discussions.
All assessments must be completed to pass this Unit.
Textbooks
All readings are accessed online via elearning.
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.
CEPI5200 Quality and Safety in Health Care

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Merrilyn Walton, Dr Reema Harrison Session: Semester 1 Classes: offered online Assessment: online participation (40%), short answer questions and word assignment (60%) Mode of delivery: Online
The unit has six major content areas delivered as modules covering: An understanding Q&S in Healthcare; Professional and ethical practice; Clinical governance; Improving Healthcare. At the end of the unit students will: understand the background to quality and safety in health care, from Australian and international perspectives; understand the nature of health care error including the methods of error detection and monitoring, and quality indicators; understand the role of good communication and other professional responsibilities in quality and safety in healthcare; have developed an understanding of clinical governance, accountability and systems management; have considered methods for improving healthcare such as getting research into practice, clinical practice guidelines and clinical practice improvement. This unit consists of online discussions and activities based around key provided readings and other resources.
Textbooks
Online readings and other learning resources will be provided.
PAIN5001 Introduction to Pain Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Michael Nicholas Session: Semester 1b,Semester 2a Classes: Online, approximately 10 hours of study per week (equals 140 hours in total) Assessment: participation in online discussion (20%), 4000-5000 word written assignment/s or equivalent (80%) Mode of delivery: Online
To introduce participants to the problem of pain within a multidisciplinary team framework and to highlight the extent of the problem in the community. The unit provides an overview of historical and philosophical models of pain and its management methods over time. Current classifications of pain are examined and the interrelationship between various paradigms of health and illness are outlined. Participants also begin to consider the principles of research design and biostatistics, and explore professional and ethical issues.
PAIN5002 Pain Mechanisms and Contributors

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Michael Nicholas and Dr Christopher Vaughan Session: Semester 1b,Semester 2b Classes: Online, approximately 20 hours of study per week (equals 140 hours in total) Assessment: participation in online discussion (20%), 4000-5000 word written assignment/s or equivalent (80%) Mode of delivery: Online
To introduce and develop participants understanding about the basic neuroscience of pain and the interrelationship between psychological, physiological and environmental processes in pain. Neuro-anatomical, physiological, pharmacological, and biochemical mechanisms involved in nociception, including peripheral and central sensitisation are discussed. Theoretical bases are introduced and the ways in which psychological and environmental factors modify or maintain pain perception and behaviour are explored.
PAIN5003 Pain Treatment and Management Principles

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Charles Brooker Session: Semester 1b,Semester 2a Classes: Online, approximately 10 hours of study per week (equals 140 hours in total) Assessment: participation in online discussion (20%), 4000-5000 word written assignment/s or equivalent (80%) Mode of delivery: Online
To introduce participants to the core principles of pain assessment, treatment and management. Participants consider the biopsychosocial model and the scientific basis for assessment, diagnosis and treatment. They explore principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, together with routes of drug administration. The role of physiotherapy and rehabilitation management, and the use of procedures such as neural blockade, simulation techniques and surgery are also considered.
PAIN5018 Pain in Children

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jane Thomas Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online, approximately 10 hours of study per week (equals 140 hours in total) Assessment: participation in online discussion (20%), 4000-5000 word written assignments or equivalent (80%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit provides an opportunity for students to understand the developmental physiology and psychology of infants and children, together with the pharmacology (particularly with reference to dose and route of administration) of pain management in children. Particular attention is given to management of acute pain in children, both post-operative and procedure-related pain, to methods of pain assessment in children of various ages, to non-pharmacological pain management strategies and to chronic pain presentations in children.
PMED5051 Leadership in Medicine

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Mike Jenner and Hudson Birden Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block intensive up to 3 days and students will spend approx 8 hours/week (x 13 weeks) engaging in online discussions, self-directed learning activities and literature appraisal. Assessment: 5 x 1 page assignments (10%per = 50%), weekly online participation (30%), face-to-face participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Online
A successful leader is influential and their effectiveness is determined by the behaviours they consistently manifest. This practical leadership unit is focussed on behaviours and will explore best practice in medical leadership and guide the learner in how to improve their leadership skills. The course is tailored to health professionals and is based on a similar unit in the University of Sydney Business School¿s MBA.
Students will gain an understanding of the concepts that underpin the influencing process and will develop skills in the individual components of influencing. Topics covered will include: building self-awareness, the development process, self-management, managing difference, best practice communication (setting expectations, listening, motivating, giving and receiving feedback, confronting, conflict resolution), effective networking, building productive relationships and driving engagement.
Textbooks
Nil. Required readings will be provided
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.
Textbooks
Course notes are provided.