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TM5508 - Diving and Marine Medicine

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject conducted in association with the Townsville Hospital, presents the basic principles of underwater and hyperbaric medicine. A series of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions highlight the taking of a diving history, performing a diving medical examination, decompression sickness, management of near-drowning, hypothermia, sinus and ear barotrauma, diving equipment, gases, physiology, diving hazards and diving techniques. A hyperbaric unit is located at the Townsville Hospital. Marine hazards such as bites and stings are also covered.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply the principles of diving, marine and hyperbaric medicine in assessing an individual's fitness for diving and hyperbaric exposures;
  • offer advice on the major health risks to which divers are exposed;
  • develop an approach to the management and further investigation of common diving illnesses;
  • describe the scope of diving, marine and hyperbaric medicine, including the areas of current research.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Face to face teaching 08-Oct-2019 to 11-Oct-2019
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Geoff Gordon, Professor Peter Leggat.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours lectures - Limited mode subjects are equivalent to 60 hours of lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); mid-semester exam (15%); assignments (20%); evolving clinical problems (15%).

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.