General Practice and Subspecialities 1


This course is designed to allow students to continue to develop clinical skills and knowledge required to deal with patients with disorders common to Primary Health Care, Inpatient and Outpatient services, with a particular focus on chronic diseases and subspecialty areas, as well as exposing students to factors affecting health equity. Part of this term involves exposure to rural general practice which is often quite different from urban practice.

This course also reinforces the continued integration of medical and clinical sciences which underpin student learning.



  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. The ability to take an accurate, organised and focused medical history for a range of Chronic and Lifestyle Diseases;

2. The ability to appreciate and integrate questions regarding demographic, educational and psychological factors into the medical history, regardless of the presentation;

3. The ability to perform a systematic and confident physical examination of each system;

4. The ability to recognise common presentations in all fields of medicine and surgery;

5. The ability to interpret and integrate the history and physical examination findings to develop appropriate differential diagnoses;

6. The ability to select and use the most appropriate and cost effective diagnostic procedures, including an appreciation of principles of efficient and equitable resource allocation and use of finite resources;

7. The ability to formulate a management plan that integrates relevant factors affecting the physical and psychological wellbeing of patients (eg. demographic, educational, psychological factors) along with management of their physical condition, and to plan management in conjunction with the patient;

8. The ability to communicate with patients and their families in a respectful, sensitive manner, which is also mindful of demographic and educational issues relevant to the family;

9. The ability to work effectively in a team with other health care professionals;

10. The ability to identify and critique research literature relevant to a persons presentation and apply this clinical evidence appropriately in therapeutic choices;

11. The ability to integrate relevant prevention and screening practices (including risk factor management) into the management plan of a patient

12. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of how to deal with diagnostic uncertainty often inherent in primary health care

13. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of interaction between humans and their social and physical environment, and ways in which these factors may impact on a person's clinical presentation, access to health care and ability to comply with a management plan

14. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the effect of resource maldistribution in the delivery of health to a population, and how this may impact on prevention, risk factor management

15. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the role of primary health care in Australia and internationally

16. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of epidemiology, public health issues, evidence-based medicine and risk factor management of common conditions seen in primary health care

17. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of principles of prevention and screening for common disease in primary health care including risk factor management and public health issues

18. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the nature of chronic disease and need for a multidisciplinary input into care in chronic disease

19. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the complexity of ethical issues related to illness

20. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of interventions at the individual level for common public health issues such as smoking, diet, alcohol and physical activity

21. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of mechanism of action of vaccines currently used in Australia and the programs to ensure high population coverage

22. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of healthy public policy in relation to alcohol use and abuse

23. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of epidemiology of respiratory epidemics and appropriate preventive measures

24. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of a capacity for appropriate inter-professional communication and behaviour with colleagues

25. Demonstrate the ability to effectively and sensitively carry out a history and examination on Indigenous patients

26. Demonstrate the ability to reflect how the history, social and cultural determinants of health might affect an Indigenous person's current health status

27. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of Indigenous Health challenges

28. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of key health indicators for Indigenous Australians and ways of redressing health inequity issues

29. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the centrality of family and kinship ties for Indigenous Australians in regard to health


Clinical skills, including history taking, physical examination, diagnosis, formulation of management plans, communication skills and teamwork, with specific consideration to:

  • General Practice
  • Public Health
  • Risk Factor Management
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Access to Health Care

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine degree programs. Pre-requisite - successful completion of all 2nd year requirements

Assumed Knowledge

MEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014, MEDI1015, MEDI2011, MEDI2012, MEDI2013 and MEDI2014

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Log / Workbook: Logbook

Professional Task: General Practice Supervisors Report

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal (MCQ, SAQ and OSCE)

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider. - Students must hold a current WorkCover approved Provide First Aid Certificate or equivalent
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact Hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The contact hours identified are based on the overall average for the duration of the course.


Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 12 hour(s) per Week for Full Term