Available in 2021
Course code



25 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Student enrolment is semester based, MEDI6101A (Semester 1) and MEDI6101B (Semester 2), with the delivery of the academic content occurring across the full year.

In this course, students focus on a range of aspects of medical practice in order to acquire essential knowledge, clinical skills, attitudes and capabilities to understand patients with a broad range of healthcare needs with a focus on diagnosis and management. The course guides students through learning about common and important conditions and illnesses within the context of participating in an interprofessional team.

The course covers:

• clinical competency in the diagnoses and management of patients

• integrated knowledge and practice across different healthcare contexts and specialties and within the biopsychosocial and cultural context of individual patients

• patient, family and team-centred approach to medical practice

Learning in the course is acquired predominantly in the clinical setting however, small tutorials, seminars, online learning modules, workplace based assessments and simulated experiences are used to complement clinical experience. Students will spend a considerable amount of clinical placement time engaged in extended self-directed learning.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Central Coast Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Hunter Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Tablelands Clinical School

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Tamworth Base Hospital

  • Semester 1 - 2021

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.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MEDI6101A. Students who have successfully completed MEDI6101A are not eligible to enrol in MEDI6101A.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Outline the aetiology, pathophysiology, presentation and prognosis of common or important conditions in adult medicine, mental health, obstetrics and gynaecology and child and adolescent health.

2. Demonstrate how to take an appropriate history and physical examination, and select appropriate investigations for a range of presentations.

3. Interpret and integrate history, physical examination, investigative findings and the patient’s own circumstances to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis and differential diagnosis.

4. Articulate the basic principles of management including the use of appropriate, evidence-based therapies including pharmacological, medical, surgical, physical, nutritional, psychological, online, self-help and other tools and therapies.

5. Discuss the cultural significance of a person’s illness and demonstrate awareness of cultural differences in response to the illness. In particular, be able to discuss the cultural significance of illness for persons of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, demonstrate cultural respect and awareness and consider how culture can aid in healing and recovery.

6. Formulate a management plan that is culturally appropriate and which both addresses the investigation and management of illness as well as the personal and social problems that may arise from being unwell.

7. Clearly communicate with a range of patients, family members and team members.

8. Justify the choice of a clinical skill, which they are competent in performing, in a clinical scenario.

9. Demonstrate skills that are appropriate and practical to a range of clinical situations.

10. Recognise and respond to conditions that require urgent assessment and treatment, including emergency presentations.

11. Describe the epidemiology of common risk factors for common conditions

12. Describe prevention and early intervention strategies which have been shown to reduce the frequency or impact of common conditions.

13. Identify co-morbid conditions and demonstrate an ability to consider and manage these in conjunction with the primary condition.

14. Describe and provide examples of the key legal and ethical responsibilities of medical practitioners.

15. Define professionalism and the personal requirements of being a member of a profession.

16. Maintain standards of medical student professionalism and fitness to practice.

17. Describe how the cost of care may impact optimal care for individuals as well as affect the just delivery of care to a community.

18. Demonstrate how to independently enquire about illnesses presenting in the clinical setting.


Rotations in:

  1. Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  2. Paediatrics
  3. Medicine
  4. Psychiatry


Coverage of Themes:

  1. Science & Scholarship
  2. Clinical Practice
  3. Health, Society & Environment
  4. Professional Development



  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Interprofessional Care and Patient Centred Care
  • Health Behaviour Science
  • Perinatal, infant, child and adolescent health including mental health
  • Sexual health
  • Screening and preventative care in maternal and child health
  • Indigenous and multicultural maternal, infant and child health
  • Clinical information gathering, diagnosis and management of common and important presentations to medicine departments
  • Biological, psychological, social/community-based models of mental health care
  • Legal and ethical issues related to population with special needs including Mental Health Act and guardianship
  • Detection and management of common emergency presentations in medicine, psychiatry, children, adolescents and in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Assessment and management of patients with chronic and comorbid health care needs
  • Safe prescribing of medications for a range of specific conditions
  • Pain and other symptom management associated with illness, including palliation and end of life care
  • Medical practitioner health and wellbeing including managing emotional and other stressors in professional environments
  • Factors that affect safety and quality of health care for given populations and in particular settings
  • Discharge planning, referral, liaison with healthcare providers in the community setting


Students must be active in the Doctor of Medicine [40047] program to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Bachelor of Medical Science (40046)

Assessment items

In Term Test: MCQ Progress Test *

Practical Demonstration: Workplace Based Assessments *

Professional Task: Clinical Supervisor & Professional Conduct Reports *

Formal Examination: MCQ Formal Exam *

Formal Examination: OSCE *

* 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:

  • In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit 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.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. - In addition to the NSW Health Requirements students are required to undertake Professional Behaviour Pre Clinical Modules developed by the JMP.

Contact hours

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


Face to Face Off Campus 5 day(s) per Week for Full Term

Attendance is in Common Weeks and Clinical Placement Rotations (28 weeks total). This includes other Contact Hours items within this course and other Year 4 courses. A portion of Clinical Placement in some weeks and locations occurs out of hours.

Online Activity

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

This is integrated within the Clinical Placement.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

This is integrated within the Clinical Placement.

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