The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


As part of a pre-internship year, this course develops the skills required in anaesthetics, intensive care, oncology, emergency medicine and orthopaedic surgery for clinical practice, by giving students the opportunity to review and apply previously learned topics.

During the course, students will develop the practical and intellectual skills which are essential for the care of patients who are unconscious or suffering from acute life-threatening illnesses. Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with oncologic problems commonly encountered at intern and junior resident level. Students will learn assessment, diagnosis and management of patients presenting with common orthopaedic conditions and will observe and participate in the assessment and management of patients presenting to the Emergency Department.

A schedule of Special Study Options will be offered across a wide range of basic and clinical sciences, clinical and laboratory investigation, public health and community care. Students will be encouraged to formulate a plan for their study in consultation with a supervisor. Their interest may be in any of three general directions: improving their capacity as clinicians and interns; to explore a possible career; and to explore a topic of personal interest relating to medicine. Students will develop clinical skills, administrative skills and knowledge required as an intern.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Central Coast Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

Hunter Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

Tablelands Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

Tamworth Base Hospital

  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Aetiology, pathophysiology, presentation and prognosis of illnesses and conditions that commonly present within the environments of the Critical Care Course

2. Appropriate common diagnostic procedures including their uses and limitations

3. Basic principles of delivery of care and management of common problems

4. Problems that require urgent assessment and treatment, including patients who are unconscious or suffering from acute, life-threatening illnesses

5. Psycho-social and cultural significance of disease and its treatment, including understanding cultural differences in response to illnesses

6. Systems of delivery of care and patient management, including pain control, symptom assessment and management

7. The availability and management of Health Services, programs and resources available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

8. Public health impact of critical care and the potential benefits of related preventative health strategies, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

9. How the cost of care may affect choices made within the health care system, at both individual and community levels and in particular for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

10. The basis of clinical pharmacology and use of drugs in clinical practice

11. The application of basic anatomical pathology to clinical practice

12. Obtain an accurate, problem-oriented, tactful and organised medical history from presenting patients

13. Perform accurate, appropriate, problem-oriented, tactful and organised physical and mental state examinations

14. Interpret and integrate the history and physical examination findings to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis, and differential diagnosis, and to identify the personal and social problems to which the illness may contribute

15. Recognise serious illness and perform common emergency and life-saving procedures, such as caring for the unconscious patient and CPR

16. Formulate a plan addressing the investigation and management of the patient's illness, and the personal and social problems to which the illness may contribute

17. Demonstrate the capacity to communicate clearly and sensitively with patients, their families and other health professionals, including communication regarding critical and terminal illness and education and counselling for patients and their families

18. Demonstrate culturally competent, holistic, patient centred care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples which includes diagnoses and treatment of complex and masked presentations in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

19. Show the capacity to contribute appropriately as a member of the health care team, including referral to other disciplines, interaction with other health care professionals and understanding of the role of other members of the health care team

20. Demonstrate capacity to evaluate and interpret medical evidence in a scientific manner at a level similar to an intern and use information sources to pursue independent inquiry.

21. Communicate key features of a patient history with other health care professionals

22. Manage uncomplicated wounds and simple trauma

23. Recognise potential `risk situations¿ and be able to respond appropriately

24. The principles of ethics related to health care and end of life decision making and the capacity to apply those principles to the care of patients, including understanding of the legal responsibilities, and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

25. Emotional stresses in professional environments, including those related to the management of the critically and/or the terminally ill patient, and develop appropriate strategies for self-care

26. Factors that affect quality and safety in health care

27. The need to maintain standards of medical practice at the highest possible level throughout a professional career

28. Appropriate, professional attitude as a medical student, recognising that the primary professional responsibility is to patient care

29. The need to apply basic ethical and legal constraints that structure the interaction between health care professionals and patients

30. The need to interact safely with patients and professionals in the health care system with due regard for hospital and system safety and OH&S standards

31. Show an appreciation of the importance of taking 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.


Interactional and communication skills Indigenous / Migrant Health Integrated basic sciences Ethical considerations and decision making Population Health Oral Health Multidisciplinary approach in critical care Practical skills in critical care Anaesthesia / ICU Management of the unconscious patient Management of patients in the ICU Use of equipment in the Emergency Department and ICU Oncology Public Health impact of cancer Cancer patient diagnosis, treatment and management Psychosocial impact of cancer Orthopaedics Pathology, anatomy and mechanism of injury of common orthopaedic presentations Emergency Medicine Airway management, applying oxygen therapy, external cardiac massage, ventilation, defibrillation Identification of conditions requiring urgent referral

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 4th year requirements

Assumed knowledge

MEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014, MEDI1015, MEDI2011, MEDI2012, MEDI2013, MEDI2014, MEDI3014, MEDI3017, MEDI3018, MEDI4015, MEDI4016

Assessment items

In Term Test: Clinical: Critical Care OSCE *

Professional Task: Clinical placement *

Log / Workbook: Critical Care Logbook including oncology, anaesthesia, orthopaedics and emergency medicine *

Report: Special Study Option - Supervisors Rating form

Report: Supervisors Rating form Orthopaedics

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activities: Hand hygiene Australia

Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assignment - Group task Quality in healthcare

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Clinical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Attendance at all sessions is compulsory

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Log / Workbook: 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.
  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - 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. - Students must hold a current WorkCover approved Provide First Aid Certificate or equivalent
  • 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 35 hour(s) per Week for Full Term