The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Encompasses the study and management of all aspects of human reproduction and paediatric medicine including human sexuality, pregnancy and childbirth, changes in the female reproductive system, assessment of child health, outpatient and community paediatrics.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Hunter Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse the aetiology, pathophysiology, presentation, and prognosis of women and children's conditions as they present in clinical settings;

2. Articulate the basic principles of management of women and children's conditions, including the use of appropriate pharmacological, surgical, physical, nutritional, psychological and unorthodox therapies;

3. Describe the health services, programs and resources available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples which includes acknowledging and addressing relevant social determinants of health, in particular those for women and children;

4. Recognise the presentation of those women and children's conditions that require urgent assessment and treatment, along with the emergency procedures for such;

5. Assess the public health impact of clinical problems for both women and children in the community, including the epidemiology of common risk factors and early intervention strategies, and in particular for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;

6. Describe and discuss the relationship between psychiatric illness, women's and children's conditions, and cultural contexts, including an understanding of the common psychiatric presentations;

7. Demonstrate awareness of the cultural significance of women's and children's health problems, including understanding of differences in response to illness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;

8. Obtain an accurate, problem-oriented, tactful, culturally competent and organised history for women's and children's conditions;

9. Perform an accurate, problem-oriented, tactful, culturally competent and organised physical examination for women's and children's conditions;

10. Interpret and integrate the history and physical examination findings to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis and differential diagnosis for women's and children's conditions;

11. Choose from the repertoire of clinical skills, and use those that are appropriate and practical to apply in a given situation;

12. Formulate a plan addressing the investigation and management of the patient's illness, and the personal and social issues to which the illness may give rise;

13. Take into account the values and preferences of the patient when considering the investigation and management of illness, and of the need, in all cases, to plan management in concert with the patient;

14. Communicate clearly and sensitively with patients and their families and with other health professionals;

15. Demonstrate culturally competent, holistic, patient centred care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;

16. Function in the health care team, involving collaboration and cooperation with other team members and understanding the role of each member;

17. Discuss and apply the principles of ethics related to health care and demonstrate the capacity to apply those principles to the care of patients; and demonstrate understanding of the legal responsibilities associated with health care, particularly with respect to women and children, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;

18. Articulate the factors that affect the quality and safety of health care;

19. Compare and contrast how the cost of care may affect optimal patient care and appreciate the benefit to the community of available resources, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;

20. Analyse the interaction between the health of individuals and the well-being of populations, and in particular for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;

21. Demonstrate an appreciation of the responsibility to maintain standards of medical practice at the highest possible level throughout a professional career.


  • Indigenous and multicultural health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Perinatal, Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Sexual health
  • Screening and preventive care in Maternal and Child Health

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 3rd year requirements

Assumed knowledge

MEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014, MEDI1015, MEDI2011, MEDI2012, MEDI2013, MEDI2014, MEDI3014, MEDI3017 and MEDI3018

Assessment items

Portfolio: Essays/Written Assignments - Student Portfolio

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

Participation: Group/Tutorial Participation and contribution

Professional Task: Clinical Supervisor Rating form

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.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact hours

Hunter Clinical School

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 48 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Average 10 hours per week. Twenty additional hours per week will normally be needed for ward rounds and other activities to satisfy requirements for Clinical Supervisors ratings.


Face to Face On Campus 20 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 48 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 64 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 20 hour(s) per Term Full Term