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Compulsory units of study
CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Fiona Stanaway Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Offered online and face-to-face (daytime tutorials) Prohibitions: PUBH5010 Assessment: Completion of online quizzes (15%), tutorial participation (10%), assignment 1 (15%), assignment 2 (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit introduces the concept of clinical epidemiology and provides students with core skills in clinical epidemiology at an introductory level. Topics covered include asking and answering clinical questions; basic and accessible literature searching techniques; study designs used in clinical epidemiological research; confounding and effect modification; sources of bias; interpretation of results including odds ratios, relative risks, confidence intervals and p values; applicability of results to individual patients; critical appraisal of clinical epidemiological research literature used to answer questions of therapy (RCTs and systematic reviews), harm, prognosis, diagnosis, screening and clinical guidelines.
Textbooks
Online readings and resources to be provided on the eLearning website.
PAED5005 Evidence and Ethics in Paediatric Medicine

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sandra Ware Session: Semester 2 Classes: Students will spend approx 10 hours/week (x 13 weeks) engaging in case-based learning, incl. online discussion around formulating a question for literature review, self-directed literature search and literature appraisal. Regular access to an internet connected computer is vital. Prerequisites: CEPI5100 and 18 credit points of stream specific units of study Corequisites: Students who commence after 01 January 2016 are required to complete the Blackboard Academic Honesty Education Module. It is recommended that this is completed as soon as possible after enrolment into your first unit of Study Prohibitions: BETH5208 or CRIT5008 Assessment: 1 x 1,000-1,200 wd ethics assignment (20%); 4 x ethics discussion board posts (10%) and 1 x 3000-4,000 wd critical appraisal written work (70%) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Note: Staff from the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine will be involved in the ethics components of this Unit of Study
This capstone unit aims to develop the ethical and critical thinking needed to inform best clinical practice and is divided into 2 parts: starting with an introduction to key ethical concepts and methods of ethical analysis relevant to health care practice and research which runs over the first 4 weeks; Students will then conduct a critical appraisal of a clinically based question relating to key research milestones in paediatric medicine. The unit brings together topics covered in other stream specific units in the MMED (Paeds) with critical appraisal and basic epidemiology.
Textbooks
Online readings
Stream specific units of study
Group A - offered in odd years
PAED5001 Paediatric Immunisation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Nick Wood 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. Corequisites: Students who commence after 01 January 2016 are required to complete the Blackboard Academic Honesty Education Module. It is recommended that this is completed as soon as possible after enrolment into your first unit of Study 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 Shekeeb Mohammad Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Face to face meetings with supervisor Corequisites: Students who commence after 01 January 2016 are required to complete the Blackboard Academic Honesty Education Module. It is recommended that this is completed as soon as possible after enrolment into your first unit of Study 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: Dr Shekeeb Mohammad 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. Corequisites: Students who commence after 01 January 2016 are required to complete the Blackboard Academic Honesty Education Module. It is recommended that this is completed as soon as possible after enrolment into your first unit of Study Assessment: 2x2000-3000 word project (or its equivalent) (40%), TBC (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 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. Corequisites: Students who commence after 01 January 2016 are required to complete the Blackboard Academic Honesty Education Module. It is recommended that this is completed as soon as possible after enrolment into your first unit of Study 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. Corequisites: Students who commence after 01 January 2016 are required to complete the Blackboard Academic Honesty Education Module. It is recommended that this is completed as soon as possible after enrolment into your first unit of Study 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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Morris Session: Semester 1,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: 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 Shekeeb Mohammad Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Face to face meetings with supervisor Corequisites: Students who commence after 01 January 2016 are required to complete the Blackboard Academic Honesty Education Module. It is recommended that this is completed as soon as possible after enrolment into your first unit of Study 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 2017

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%). Online 'attendance' is also compulsory and will be demonstrated by engagement in at least 8 out of the 10 weekly discussion topics. No formal mark will be given for attendance, but failure to meet the attendance requirement may result in failure of the course. Mode of delivery: Block mode, Online
Note: Prerequisites: 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 practice, ethics, and the law. In particular students will explore the ethical and moral bases of law as well as how the law, in turn, 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, maternal-foetal conflicts, abortion, reproduction, mental health, end-of-life-decision-making, and genetics.
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: A/Professor 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%); 2x400wd Short Tasks (10%) Mode of delivery: Block mode, Online
Note: If an insufficient number of students opt to attend seminars on campus, the co-ordinator may choose to teach this Unit of Study in online mode only. Students will be contacted if this occurs.
This unit will facilitate students to critically review 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 role of clinical ethics consultation. The unit will also consider specific issues and populations within clinical practice, such as ethical aspects of healthcare at the beginning and end of life.
Textbooks
All readings are accessed online via elearning.
BETH5209 Medicines Policy, Economics and Ethics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Wendy Lipworth Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block mode (2x2 days) and online or fully online Assumed knowledge: A degree in science, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, allied health, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, history, law, communications, public policy, business, economics, commerce, organisation studies, or other relevant field, or by special permission. Assessment: Online work (15%) 1x minor essay (35%) 1x major essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Medicines save lives but they can be costly and can have serious adverse effects. Value-laden decisions are continuously being made at individual, institutional, national and international levels regarding the medicines we need, want and can afford. In this unit of study, we will explore and critique global and national policies and processes related to medicines, examining how research and development agendas are set; how medicines are assessed and evaluated; and how new technologies are translated into practice. We will also explore broader trends such as globalisation, commercialisation and changing consumer expectations. By the end of the course, students will understand the forces shaping the development, regulation, funding and uptake of medicines both nationally and internationally, and the political, ethical, legal and economic issues that are at stake. This course is designed to appeal to a wide range of students from ethics, law, public health, health care, policy, communications, economics, business, politics, administration, and biomedical science. Students will be encouraged to focus on issues of most relevance to their own area of study or work.
Textbooks
Readings will be provided
BMRI5003 Clinical Psychiatry I

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sonia Kumar Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x 2-hr lecture/week Assessment: Online assessments (30%) 1hr EMQ exam (35%) Case history (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study provides psychiatry trainees with an opportunity to develop effective clinical skills including the psychiatric interview, mental state examination and biopsychosocial formulation. The management of psychiatric emergencies, risk assessment and the use of mental health legislation, as well as the relevance of diagnostic neuroimaging, are explored. This unit of study is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of how genetic and environmental risk factors affect the developing individual to generate the clinical symptoms of psychiatric disorders. Students will examine all aspects of psychotic and mood disorders including aetiology, phenomenology and epidemiology. Students learn to develop management plans for these disorders according to a biopsychosocial framework with an emphasis on psychosocial care and recovery principles. The principles of neuropsychopharmacology with a focus on antipsychotic medication, mood stabilisers, antidepressants and their potential adverse consequences are covered in depth, as well as practical aspects of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT).
Textbooks
Specific reference material listed on eLearning
BMRI5006 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Adam Guastella Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hr lecture week 2, 9am-5pm Wednesday weeks 4, 8 and 11 Assessment: Online quiz (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.
BMRI5052 Child and Youth Mental Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Raphael Chan Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar / week Prohibitions: BMRI5011 or BMRI5010 Assumed knowledge: BMRI5003 and BMRI5050 Assessment: Research analysis (35%) oral presentation (30%) essay (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit of study focuses on the subspecialty of child and adolescent psychiatry. The key approach will be in developing the capacity to understand child and family psychopathology from the molecular level to the societal. This unit provides an understanding of child development from conception through adolescence, looking at key genetic and environmental factors that contribute to clinical disorder, particularly the role of the family environment. The different phases of brain development will be studied, from the formation of new connections in childhood to the pruning of connections in adolescence and changes to the frontal and temporal lobes. Major psychopathologies such as mood and anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) learning disorders and autism spectrum disorders will be examined. The effects of puberty and gene-environment interactions will be explored with respect to the development of emerging adolescent psychiatric disorders, such as early psychosis. Students will learn about psychological and pharmacological management of mental disorders in children and adolescents, as well as the importance of working with families, carers and wider systems including multidisciplinary teams, education and welfare sectors.
Textbooks
Readings and other resources will be available online
BMRI5053 Bodies, Brains and Minds in Connection

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Loyola McLean Session: Semester 2 Classes: (2hr seminar/week) and on-line activities Assumed knowledge: BMRI5003 and BMRI5050. Knowledge and skills at the level of completion of Stage 1 Psychiatry training. Assessment: Case study oral presentation (30%); professional oral presentation (30%); essay 3000 words (40%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Relevant clinical experience and current clinical placement necessary.
This unit of study provides Stage 2 psychiatry trainees and other select clinicians with an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in biopsychosociocultural approaches, Consultation-Liaison (C-L) Psychiatry and integrative medicine, by exploring psychiatry at the interface with medicine and society. The unit's approach will emphasise the interconnectedness of body, brain and mind in individuals and surrounding systems. What's different about C-L will be explored in this unit, grounded in an understanding of the normal and dysregulated responses to stress, trauma and medical illness, including pain, expanding Stage 1 concepts of formulation, multimodal and tailor-made management. Principles of containment, stigma and models of care in medical settings will be studied as will disorders of basic regulation: sleep, eating and sexual disorders. We will examine psychiatry in particular settings: the Perinatal period; Intellectual and Developmental Disability; Pain; Oncology; Spinal; Burns; Neuropsychiatry. This unit will also deepen knowledge of ECT and introduce the newer biological treatments such as TMS. This unit aims to enrich the trainee psychiatrist's approaches to working collaboratively with consumers, families, treatment teams and care systems in multidisciplinary hospital and community settings. Seminars will emphasise an enquiring approach, based on evidence and engagement with the background medical and general communities.
Textbooks
Readings and other resources will be available online
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 (20%); 3x1000 word assignments and 1x1500 word assignment (80%) Mode of delivery: Online
The unit has four major content areas delivered as modules covering:- An understanding Q&S in Healthcare; Professional and ethical practice; Understanding systems and the effect of complexity on patient care; 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.
CEPI5300 Research Grants: theory and practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Clement Loy Session: Semester 1 Classes: 12 online or face-to-face sessions and 1 face-to-face workshop (June) Corequisites: (PUBH5010 or CEPI5100) and PUBH5018 Prohibitions: CEPI5505 Assessment: 1 x written research proposal(40%); online class presentations (30%); peer assessment (30%) Mode of delivery: Block mode, Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
In this unit of study, the student will develop his/her own research proposal, to a standard suitable for a peer-reviewed granting body. Each section of a grant proposal (Aims, Background/Significance, Methods, Analysis) will be discussed, with the student presenting and refining the corresponding section of his/her own proposal in a synchronous online workshop setting. This will then be complemented by online presentations from experienced researchers on the practical aspects of clinical research, followed by synchronous online class discussion. Topics include: observational studies, randomized controlled trials, diagnostic test evaluation, qualitative studies, funding application, ethical approval, publication strategies and grant administration. The unit will conclude with a one-day, face- to-face, mandatory workshop- where students will learn about budgeting, peer review of research grants, and present their completed research proposal.
CEPI5312 Diagnostic and Screening Tests (1 and 2)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Clement Loy Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week for 12 weeks Prerequisites: PUBH5010 or CEPI5100 Prohibitions: PUBH5208 or CEPI5202 or CEPI5311 Assessment: Critical appraisal (10%), class discussion/presentations (40%) and two written assignment (50%) Mode of delivery: Online, Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
This unit of study introduces the student to basic concepts behind diagnostic and screening tests, including: test accuracy, sources of bias in test evaluation, critical appraisal of test evaluation studies, principles and use of evidence in making decisions about population screening. It will then move to more advanced topics including: application of test results to individual patients, place of tests in diagnostic pathways, impact of tests on patient outcome, tests with continuous outcome, receiver-operator characteristic curves, systematic review of diagnostic tests, predictive models, monitoring, diagnostic tests in the health system, and over-diagnosis. After completing this unit of study, the student should have a comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues and the methodology underlying, diagnostic and screening test evaluation and application.
Textbooks
Course notes will be provided
MEDF5301 Project (Advanced Masters)

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Students will be required to have regular contact with their supervisor to discuss the progress and implementation of their project Assessment: 2,000 wd written project proposal (30%) and written final work of up to 10,000 wds, or a publication (as negotiated) (70%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Approval to enrol is conditional upon the submission of a brief project outline and identification of an appropriate project supervisor, as negotiated with the course coordinator.
Candidates will work on an independent research project in an area of specific interest relevant to their master degree. The project may take the form of a systematic review of the literature, a case series, survey or other project acceptable to the project supervisor. Candidates in some disciplines may be able to undertake a work placement and will be required to negotiate the form of scholarly written work, related to their placement, to be submitted for assessment. It is essential where there is the use of patient information or patient enrolment onto a study that appropriate ethics approval is gained from the governing body where the project will take place. On completion of the project/work placement the successful candidate will be able to plan and execute a substantial research project or scholarly work . Where appropriate students will prepare a work suitable for publication. A candidate must be enrolled in order to submit their project report/dissertation/publication. If the candidate cannot submit their work erolling once in MEDF5301 or once in both Part A and Part B then they must re-enrol in a minimum of six credit points of project units of study, with the concomitant financial liability, every semester until they submit.
MEDF5002 Teaching in the Clinical Environment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Imogene Rothnie Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 day face to face workshop 9am-5pm (not compulsory) and online learning Assessment: 20% personal learning plan (1500 words); 20% online activities; 60% portfolio of evidence of learning (4500 words equivalent) Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Note: This unit is designed for health professionals working and teaching in a clinical environment. The requirements and composition of the portfolio of evidence of learning is negotiated by each student with the unit coordinator and will vary depending on individual learning goals and situation.
Almost all healthcare professionals are involved in education and training throughout their careers. This Unit of Study provides a practical introduction to the theory and practice of teaching and learning in the health professional environment. The unit will cover 3 main areas: planning for and facilitating learning in the clinical environment; assessing performance and providing constructive feedback; fostering the development of students as professionals. Each of these areas will be underpinned by best evidence from clinical education research and will address current challenges and opportunities in the learning environment. This will include the role of new technologies from the perspective of both educators and learners. Participants in the course will gain a framework they can use to support their teaching, and will develop a portfolio of evidence to support their professional development as clinician educators.
PAIN5001 Introduction to Pain Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Michael Nicholas Session: Semester 1a,Semester 2a Classes: Online, intensive mode, 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 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, intensive mode, 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 1a,Semester 2a Classes: Online, intensive mode, 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 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: Karin Plummer 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 assignment/s 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.
PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Kevin McGeechan and A/Professor 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: Weekly quizzes (10%), 1x4 page assignment (20%) 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) day, Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening, Online
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.
SEXH5414 Public Health: HIV, STIs and Sexual Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, Dr Michael Walsh Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-4 hours of lectures per week, which can be taken either face-to-face or online. International students including Australian Awards Scholarship students must enrol into the face-to-face version Prohibitions: SEXH5008 and SEXH5101 and SEXH5102 Assessment: Written assignments (60%); Online quizzes (20%); Discussion board participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit of study is a combination of three (3), two (2) credit point units (SEXH5008, SEXH5101 and SEXH5102) and explores the epidemiological, behavioural and societal aspects of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health, with emphasis on the delivery of effective prevention and management strategies. Surveillance strategies, policy development and legislative responses will be discussed, with regards to the potential public health consequences. Areas covered include, the impact of culture, tradition, society, environment, life experiences, personal beliefs and health on sexual and other potential risk activities. Students will have opportunities to contextualise the materials within a range of professional, geographical and cultural contexts.