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TM5581 - Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge and understanding of pre-expedition planning and preventive measures;
  • Knowledge of expeditions in the field, including epidemiology of expedition related health and safety events;
  • Knowledge of extreme environments and environmental medicine;
  • Understanding of expeditionary skills needed.
As per entry requirements for postgraduate programs in public health and tropical medicine, i.e. normally a health professional qualification.
Prerequisites: Suggested textbook Johnson C, Anderson SR, Dallimore J, Winser S, Warrell DA. Preface In. Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008


Townsville, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Face to face teaching 23-May-2014 to 25-May-2014 (Face-to-face teaching will be held in Townsville)
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Marc Shaw, Professor Peter Leggat
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Marc Shaw, <Person not found>, Professor Peter Leggat.
Workload expectations:
  • 50 hours
  • 10 hours professional experience
Assessment: end of semester exam (40% - 60%); assignments (40% - 60%); case discussion forum (% - 20%); practical skills demonstrations (% - 20%); take-home quiz (% - 20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must normally obtain an average of 40% over all invigilated components of the assessment to pass the subject overall, unless there are exceptional circumstances supported by the Head of School based on the recommendation of the Course Coordnators.

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.