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TM5508 - Diving and Marine Medicine

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

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. Optional dives may be conducted. Marine hazards such as bites and stings are examined.

Learning Outcomes

  • have an understanding of the principles of marine, diving and hyperbaric medicine;
  • have the background to be able to better approach the assessment of an individual's fitness for diving and hyperbaric exposures;
  • be able to provide first aid for common diving illnesses and what further management is available;
  • have an appreciation of recent advances in diving and hyperbaric medicine.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances;
  • The ability to conceptualise and evaluate a range of potential solutions to relevant problems.

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.