The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Injury is the principal cause of death in people under 45, a leading cause of mortality, morbidity and permanent disability in Australia, and a major source of health care costs. Injury prevention and control is recognised as a National Health Priority and this course provides the theoretical foundations to the prevention and management of injury in adults and children as well as the principles and practices of disaster management. The clinical scenarios selected for this course focus on the principles of triage, assessment and prioritisation of care. For example road accidents, burns, blast, drowning, and critical clinical situations such as sepsis, shock, traumatic brain injury, and spinal injury, fracture, blood transfusion and cultural competency in critical care are explored. The dissemination of qualitative and quantitative research; relevant legal principles; and ethical concepts including end of life care and organ donation are integral to this course



  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. demonstrate person-centred-care and therapeutic communication skills when supporting individuals dealing with grief, loss and bereavement

2. identify how to access appropriate supportive counselling for both individuals who have experienced a serious trauma and their carers/families

3. identify the increased risk of co-morbid mental illness (including post-traumatic stress disorder) when a person experiences a 'catastrophic physical event'

4. identify healthy ways of dealing with the stresses of caring for patients who have undergone a major trauma

5. discuss cultural competence in relation to the selected clinical scenarios

6. identify and define common terms relating to sepsis, shock, burns, head injuries, drowning and spinal injuries,

7. outline the epidemiological profile of accidents and injuries in Australia

8. explain the relationships between the pathophysiology and symptomatology of different types of critical care scenarios

9. utilise critical thinking skills in the planning, implementation and evaluation of critical care situations

10. utilise clinical reasoning skills in responding to clinical scenarios involving patient deterioration such as sepsis, shock, burns, head injuries, drowning and spinal injuries

11. discuss cognitive errors as a factor in adverse client outcomes

12. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of mechanism of injury in the assessment of the injured patient

13. identify how to respond to haemodynamic and neurological deterioration rapidly and appropriately

14. apply a quality use of medicines framework to and septic shock, burns, head and spinal injuries

15. discuss how interprofessional communication impacts on patient safety in critical situations

16. explain and debate the ethical concept of justice in relation to specific clinical situations

17. demonstrate understanding of the legal principles relating to relevant aspects of the NSW Human Tissue Act (1983)

18. demonstrate the ability to critically appraise quantitative and qualitative research and to disseminate research findings to an audience

19. discuss health promotion and identify appropriate patient education resources and considerations related to selected clinical situations


Injury, burns, drowning, triage, sepsis, shock, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury,  fracture, disaster management, blood transfusion, organ donation, research dissemination, law, culture and ethics

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 active in the Bachelor of Nursing program.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of all 2nd year requirements

Assumed knowledge

Prior successful completion of all 1000 and 2000 level courses.

Assessment items

Presentation: . *

Written Assignment: . *

Formal Examination: Closed Book Examination - Accredited Program - use of Memory Aids are not permitted *

* 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:

  • Formal Examination: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - To be awarded a pass or higher grade in this course each student is required to submit all assessment items and gain at least 50% of the aggregate marks for the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Tutorials can be delivered either face to face or online.