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MX3002 - Applied Physician Assistant Studies F/T part 2 of 3

Credit points: 9
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: MX3001 MX3002 MX3003
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to Bachelor of Health Science (Physician Assistant) students only.

This subject is available to level 3 students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science (Physician Assistant). The subject will cover PA professional role, evidence based medicine, public health topics and board exam review. The emphasis will be on clinical decision making, public health and health promotion and the health of special populations including Indigenous Australians. The topics will be presented in an integrated fashion across the semester of study. Students will undertake clinical placements in GP settings that may include general outpatient adult medicine, paediatrics, orthopaedics and sports medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, care of diabetic patients and nephrology. In addition, clinical placements may take place in the inpatient setting in general internal medicine, internal medicine specialties and emergency medicine. Students may also undertake an elective placement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Patient care: Demonstrate the clinical knowledge and skills of history taking, physical examinations, investigations, differential diagnosis, and management to provide patient care according to the biopsychosocial model in a supervised, delegated team model with a medical practitioner;
  • Culture and society: Demonstrate culturally and contextually appropriate health care and communication with diverse patient populations with a focus on rural, remote, tropical and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations;
  • Community health: Demonstrate the principles of population and community health, and preventative medicine to achieve improved health care outcomes for patients, particularly in under-served populations;
  • Health care system: Operate within the health care systems in the community, rural communities and institutions in the public and private sectors;
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate a scope of clinical practice consistent with their level of experience and legal dimensions, applying professional standards, demonstrating ethical conduct, integrity, and appropriate self-care and self-evaluation, within a supervised, delegated, multidisciplinary team model;
  • Teamwork: Demonstrate effective teamwork, including in multidisciplinary environments, to exemplify a collaborative approach to patient care, self-directing learning and professional education;
  • Communication: Demonstrate literacy, numeracy and verbal and written communication skills appropriate to professional practice;
  • Evidence Based Medicine: Demonstrate evidence based practice through the application of scientific evidence in clinical practice by means of the retrieval, critical review, interpretation and appropriate application of scientific literature.

Subject Assessment

  • Integrated assessment across subject chain - (%).
Prerequisites: MX2001 AND MX2002


As this subject is part of a subject chain, a final standard grade (e.g. P, C) will only be recorded for each subject after successful completion of all parts of the subject chain.

Townsville, Placement/fieldwork, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Lecturers: Dr Susan Gorton, Mrs Gill Dewar, Mr Don Gamage.
Workload expectations:
  • 180 hours - Self directed learning
  • 640 hours placement

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.