Paediatric Medicine

Errata
Item Change Date
1 PMED5051 Leadership in Medicine - not on offer in Semester 2 2014  4/07/2014

Units of study descriptions for 2014

Part 1
Group A - offered in odd years
PAED5001 Paediatric Immunisation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: 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%). Campus: Westmead Mode of delivery: On-line
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 Assumed knowledge: Students negotiate with the Course Coordinator to agree on suitability of nominated supervisor and proposed project. Assessment: mid semester progress report with final report submission online Campus: Westmead 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: Associate Professor Cheryl Jones, Dr 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%) Campus: Westmead Mode of delivery: On-line
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 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%) Campus: Westmead Mode of delivery: On-line
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%) Campus: Westmead Mode of delivery: On-line
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

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 (35%), MCQ exam (15%), and participation in online forum (50%) Campus: Westmead Mode of delivery: On-line
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

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%) Campus: Westmead Mode of delivery: On-line
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

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Morris, Dr Joceline Branson 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%) Campus: Westmead Mode of delivery: On-line
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 Assumed knowledge: Students negotiate with the Course Coordinator to agree on suitability of nominated supervisor and proposed project. Assessment: mid semester progress report with final report submission online Campus: Westmead 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

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%) Campus: Westmead Mode of delivery: On-line
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.
Part 2
CEPI5200 Quality and Safety in Health Care

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Merrilyn Walton Session: Semester 1 Classes: offered online Assumed knowledge: clinical experience strongly recommended Assessment: online participation (40%) and 1x4500word assignment (60%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: On-line
The unit has six major content areas delivered as four modules; Module 1 Understanding Q&S in Healthcare; Module 2 Professional and ethical practice; Module 3 Clinical governance; Module 4 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 1,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 assignment/s or equivalent (80%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: On-line
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.
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%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: On-line
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: Mr Hudson Birden Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online. Students will spend approx 10 hours/week (x 13 weeks) engaging in online discussions, self-directed learning activities and literature appraisal. Regular access to an internet connected computer is vital. Assessment: 4 x 500 word assignments (20%), 2 x 1000 word essays (50%) and participation in online discussion forum (30%) Campus: Westmead Mode of delivery: On-line
This unit is an introduction to current concepts of leadership valuable to medical practice. Our focus will be on the personal skills and knowledge necessary for effective leaders in clinical practice and in the larger policy-setting realm. This unit is designed to introduce you to current concepts of leadership that will be valuable in the context of medical practice and to develop within you the personal skills and understanding necessary to be an effective leader in clinical practice and in the larger policy-setting realm.
PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Tim Driscoll Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x 1hr lecture and 1x 2hr tutorial per week for 13 weeks - lectures and tutorials may be completed online Prohibitions: BSTA5011 Assessment: 1x 4page assignment (30%) and 1x 2.5hr supervised open-book exam (70%). For distance students, it may be possible to complete the exam externally with the approval of the course coordinator. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Evening or Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day or On
This unit provides students with core skills in epidemiology, particularly the ability to critically appraise public health and clinical epidemiological research literature. This unit covers: study types; measures of frequency and association; measurement bias; confounding/effect modification; randomized trials; systematic reviews; screening and test evaluation; infectious disease outbreaks; measuring public health impact and use and interpretation of population health data. It is expected that students spend an additional 2-3 hours preparing for their tutorials.
Textbooks
Webb, PW. Bain, CJ. and Pirozzo, SL. Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals Second Edition: Cambridge University Press 2011.
PUBH5421 Infection Prevention in Healthcare

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Clinical Professor Lyn Gilbert Session: Semester 2 Classes: block mode (2 x 3days) plus on-line tuts/discussion Assumed knowledge: Basic understand of medical microbiology and communicable disease epidemiology (e.g undergraduate degree in medicine, nursing, biomedical science etc.) Assessment: 2x2000 word essays/assignments (2x30%) 2x short answer question exams - ~150 word answers for each of 5 questions (2x15%) participation in on-line discussions (10%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus
This unit will provide students with an understanding of the individual and societal risks of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and the rationale for, and barriers to, their prevention and control (PC). A basic understanding of medical microbiology and communicable disease epidemiology will be assumed. The unit will cover such important concepts as: ethical and economic implications; psychological, behavioural, cultural and professional influences; the varying roles, responsibilities and perspectives of clinicians, health support staff, administrators, patients and the community; potential uses and implications of new technology (such as information and decision support systems, electronic medical records and highly discriminatory microbial strain typing, including whole genome sequencing) in HAI surveillance. The course will also address the rationales and strategies for implementation of HAI-related policies, such as hand hygiene, aseptic technique and antimicrobial stewardship, and some reasons for and consequences of failure to implement them, for individual patients, the health system and the community.