The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


Student enrolment is semester based, MEDI4101A (Semester 1) and MEDI4101B (Semester 2), with the delivery of the academic content occurring across the full year.

In this course, students engage in extended clinical placements that explore the patient experience/journey and provide an appreciation of the health care system and the contexts and challenges in which healthcare is delivered in rural and urban communities. Particular emphasis is placed on a number of themes including the patient experience of the healthcare system, the concept of continuum of care, the need to manage acute onset and chronic and complex conditions, and the communication and transfer of the patient between clinicians and across the healthcare system. The delivery of healthcare using new and emerging technologies such as e-health and telemedicine will also be explored. Students will attend placement experiences in urban, rural and regional settings in Australia and examine the interface between the primary and secondary healthcare system and also the services delivered by public, private and non-government organisations.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Central Coast Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Hunter Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Tablelands Clinical School

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Tamworth Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate the gathering, collation and reporting of accurate and organised comprehensive and focused medical histories in a variety of clinical settings.

2. Demonstrate the appropriate performance and communication of systematic, comprehensive or focused physical examinations in a variety of clinical settings and patient presentations.

3. Demonstrate contextually specific basic procedures in a safe and sensitive manner to an advanced level.

4. Apply knowledge of clinical and behavioural science to the data gathering process, and developing differential diagnoses.

5. Critically evaluate and describe the roles of other healthcare professionals and interprofessional teams in a variety of healthcare settings.

6. Engage appropriately with patients and other healthcare professionals encountered in a variety of clinical settings.

7. Participate in debriefing sessions with a particular focus on their learning and their response to the diagnostic uncertainty often inherent in primary healthcare settings.

8. Critically evaluate the social, cultural, demographic and other determinants of health to patients’ health trajectories and to their abilities to access health care and comply with management plans.

9. Describe and demonstrate the standard mechanisms deployed to manage determinants to an advanced level.

10. Critically evaluate the effect of resource distribution on populations with regard to illness and injury prevention, risk factor management, and diagnosis and management plans for individuals within particular populations.

11. Critically analyse literature relevant to health equity and relate this to a patient, group or community experience of healthcare.

12. Demonstrate respect for cultural and community values.


  • Social determinants of health
  • Social justice
  • History, social and cultural impacts on Indigenous peoples’ health
  • Cultural respect, safety and competence
  • Health equity and access
  • Role of primary health care in Australia and internationally
  • Continuum and transfer of care
  • Allocation of resources in healthcare
  • Epidemiology of epidemics and appropriate preventative measures
  • Basic clinical skills of patient-centred data gathering, including interviewing and negotiation with patients and patient examination skills
  • Common clinical conditions requiring hospital care, the related inpatient journeys, and integrated management plans extending from prehospital to post-hospital phases of care
  • Common clinical presentations in general practice and the patient journey for each of these linked to management plans
  • Basic skills in formulating diagnoses and in dealing with diagnostic uncertainty
  • Developing contextually appropriate clinical management plans
  • Community engagement in promotion of health lifestyles and in appropriate accessing of healthcare delivery systems.

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.


Students must be active in the Bachelor of Medical Science (40046) program and have successfully completed MEDI1101A, MEDI1101B, MEDI2101A, and MEDI2101B to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

MEDI1101A, MEDI1101B, MEDI2101A, MEDI2101B and MEDI4101A

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX) *

Professional Task: Cased Based Discussions *

Formal Examination: Integrated Clinical Assessment *

Written Assignment: Community Placement Option Assignment *

Professional Task: Clinical Supervisor Reports *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact hours

Central Coast Clinical School, Hunter Clinical School, Manning Base Hospital, Tablelands Clinical School and Tamworth Base Hospital


Face to Face Off Campus 32 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1

Placement - community/General Practice 32 hours per week Placement - hospital 24 hours per week

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term