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MD8002 - Rural and Remote Medicine Reflections on Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to any experienced medical practitioner currently working in a rural or remote location.

This subject engages students in reflection on current issues in rural and remote health such as mental health, substance abuse, emergency and disaster planning and telehealth. It also covers workforce issues, practice management issues and health professional self-care; all of which are affected by rural context. In the assessment tasks students are asked to apply this knowledge to a specific rural practice and community.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse rural and remote health needs, health behaviour and practice;
  • Assess community health problems and health education needs;
  • Recognise common patterns of patient presentation and management, including for mental health, substance abuse and emergencies in rural and remote areas;
  • Perform a tele-consultation, Describe current issues in rural workforce and the new health professional roles in rural and remote health AND;Discuss issues related to management of human resources, practice and life for rural and remote doctors;
  • Describe the role of a rural health profrossional in terms of medical expert, leader, educator, manager, health advocate, communicator, professional and researcher.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Research report - (30%) - Individual
  • Interview and critical reflection - (40%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: MD8001


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Lawrie McArthur
Lecturers: Dr Sarah Chalmers, Assoc. Professor Louise Wright.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Lawrie McArthur
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Aaron Hollins, Assoc. Professor Lawrie McArthur, Dr Sarah Chalmers.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.