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TM5534 - Tropical Paediatrics

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

This subject gives special emphasis to: 1)exotic tropical diseases and those affecting Indigenous Australian children in remote areas 2)demographic and epidemiological characteristics of children in tropical countries 3)determinants of child health in tropical climates 4)prevention and management of major childhood tropical diseases including examination of major helminthic, protozoan, rickettsial, bacterial, viral, fungal, nutritional, psychiatric and social diseases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island paediatric health issues such as haematuria, rheumatic fever and anaemia are also covered.

Learning Outcomes

  • at the completion of the course a successful student will have acquired: knowledge of the epidemiology of diseases of children in developing settings in the tropics, including rural and remote Indigenous Australian communities;
  • knowledge of the pathophysiology, prevention and management of most of the common diseases children suffer in developing settings in the tropics, including rural and remote Indigenous Australian communities;
  • skills in assessing, triaging and resuscitating sick children, providing initial management of trauma, burns, and the newborn, and preparing blood, urine and faecal specimens for diagnosis. Insight into the complex multifactorial problems of child health in developing settings.

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 place their research in a broader (preferably international)theoretical, practical and policy context.;
  • The ability to think laterally and be original;
  • The ability to conceptualise problems;
  • The ability to conceptualise and evaluate a range of potential solutions to relevant problems;
  • The ability to encompass and use methods and conceptual advances in areas of knowledge cognate to their central area(s) of expertise;
  • The ability to evaluate and extrapolate from the outcomes of their research;
  • The ability to plan, conduct and manage research in their discipline;
  • The ability to identify and take serendipitous advantage of research opportunities;
  • The potential to lead and contribute to projects effectively and efficiently;
  • The ability to conduct their research in an ethical manner;
  • The ability to communicate the methodology, results and implications of their research in a manner appropriate to different purposes and audiences;
  • The ability to make constructive contributions to project teams or collegial activities;
  • The potential to resolve conflicts.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Limited
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Face to face teaching 04-May-2012 to 11-May-2012 (Face-to-face dates include weekend)
Coordinator: Ms Sandra Downing, <Person not found>, <Person not found>
Lecturers: Ms Sandra Downing, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours lectures
Assessment: end of semester exam (75%); assignments (25%).

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.