TM5581 - Expedition and Wilderness Medicine
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences
Available to postgraduate students enrolled in the Discipline of Public Health and
Tropical Medicine only or by permission of Head of School.
Expedition and wilderness medicine involves maintaining the physical and psychological
health of those undertaking expeditions or venturing into wilderness areas. The minimisation
of disease and trauma by expeditioners is promoted by proper planning, preventive
measures (such as health advice, immunisation and prophylaxis), and acquisition of
relevant medical and practical skills for dealing with various expedition and wilderness
environments. These environments include high altitude, mountain, remote, polar, diving,
jungle and desert areas. This includes developing responsible attitudes towards the
environment and the welfare and ethics of dealing with indigenous peoples encountered.
Medicolegal aspects are also covered.
- Undertake pre-expedition planning and preventive measures;
- Investigate the epidemiology of expedition related health and safety events;
- Manage expedition-related health problems and provide advice on responding to extreme
- Undertake post-expedition planning and debriefing;
- Develop an understanding of expeditionary skills required of a health professional
supporting an expedition.
|As per entry requirements for postgraduate programs in public health and tropical
medicine, i.e. normally a health professional qualification.
Study Period 1
|Census Date 28-Mar-2019
|Face to face teaching
05-Apr-2019 to 07-Apr-2019
||Assoc. Professor Marc Shaw, Professor Peter Leggat.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 20 hours
- assessment and self-directed study
||other exams (50%); assignments (25%); (25%).
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