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TM5559 - Clinical Tropical Paediatrics

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

Clinical Tropical Paediatrics will be conducted off-shore in a tropical developing country in paediatric hospital settings. Students will undertake the subject as a group, and will be accompanied by a subject coordinator. The subject content will deal with a range of clinical and public health issues pertinent to tropical paediatrics. Structure will include a mix of work in hospital wards and associated rural clinics with tutorials. Local health personnel will be used to provide accurate information on local knowledge, practices, attitudes and challenges. Duration is two weeks. Subject will be offered to health professionals, including doctors, nurses and advanced medical students.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • To provide students with an overview of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to successfully work in clinical paediatrics and its associated public health aspects in developing countries in the tropics;
  • Successful students will be able to describe how to use the available resources to obtain the best outcomes for important infectious and non- infectious diseases of children in tropical developing countries in a resource poor setting;
  • Successful students will explain how feasible public health measures can be used in the chosen location to decrease the incidence and severity of diseases of childhood and will be able to discuss the impact of local and national policies and politics on the incidence and severity of paediatric diseases in the chosen location;
  • Successful students will demonstrate that they are aware of the ethical and cultural aspects of paediatric health care in the chosen location;
  • Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of the psychological impact on health care providers, particularly from developed countries, of working in paediatric health in a developing country setting.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively.
Prerequisites: TM5534


Townsville, Study Period 10, Block
Census Date 13-Dec-2012
Face to face teaching 19-Nov-2012 to 30-Nov-2012 (Conducted as a 2 week block at Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Coordinator: Ms Sandra Downing, <Person not found>, <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 20 hours tutorials
  • 60 hours clinical placement
Assessment: quizzes or tests (20% - 30%); presentations (30% - 50%); assignments (50% - 50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Assignment will be a case book critically analysing cases dealt with or activities undertaken, from both the clinical and public health context.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.