The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Develops the essential clinical skills and knowledge that are required for a student to begin medical practice including occupational health and safety, infection control and interviewing skills.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an ability to communicate appropriately with patients, health professionals and the public;

2. Describe the modes of delivery of healthcare services in Australia (in general) and in NSW (specifically);

3. Demonstrate an appropriate, professional attitude as a medical student, recognising that the primary professional responsibility is to the health interest of the patient;

4. Apply the basic ethical and legal constraints that structure the interaction between healthcare professionals and patients;

5. Know how to interact safely with patients and professionals in the healthcare system, with due regard for hospital and system safety, and WHS standards including infection control measures;

6. Recognise potential 'risk situations' and be able to respond appropriately;

7. Demonstrate initial skills in conducting and writing up a structured medical history;

8. Recognise key features of the history and communicate these to other healthcare professionals;

9. Develop basic skills in the initial management of uncomplicated wounds and simple trauma;

10. Demonstrate an understanding of the basis of clinical pharmacology and use of drugs in clinical medicine

11. Apply a knowledge of basic anatomical pathology to clinical medicine


The students will be introduced to a series of medical problems in tutorials.

Students will generate learning targets associated with professional practice during these sessions relating to topics such as infection control, Workplace Health and Safety (WHS), ethics and health law.

The students will then undertake their own learning, directed toward these learning targets. Various health professionals will then provide lectures, tutorials and information sessions as they relate to the professional practice problems being investigated.

Students will attend practical exercises relating to infection control and communication skills. Students will also attend clinical tutorials relating to medical consultation skills.

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 who are active in the Bachelor of Medicine degree (10379).

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal (MCQ, SAQ)

Professional Task: Practical: OSCE (written and oral)

Participation: Group/Tutorial Participation and Contribution

Practical Demonstration: Certification of Infection Control Practicals

Practical Demonstration: Clinical Ethics Certification

Professional Task: Scheduled medical consultation sessions (Oral Communication)

Online Learning Activity: Completion of modules (Web-based medical communication skills modules)

Practical Demonstration: Patient Safety Certification

Online Learning Activity: Completion of online Academic Integrity Module

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.