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TM5557 - Disaster Health Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject will provide students with an overview of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the successful health management of disasters in the Australian and the global context with a special focus on problems with high likelihood and risk in the tropics.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the principles and phases of disaster management to a variety of scenarios in both developed and developing countries, focussing on the tropics;
  • Critically assess the risks and needs of disaster-stricken communities, and the implications for disaster management;
  • Differentiate the role of governments, NGOs, the military, international agencies and other stakeholders in disaster management;
  • Appraise/articulate the ethical, cultural and legal aspects of disaster health care;
  • Critically reflect on the role of public health in the disaster management team.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Limited
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Face to face teaching 16-Mar-2015 to 20-Mar-2015
Coord/Lect: Mr Dave Sellars.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours lectures
Assessment: other exams (45%); presentations (30%); online exam (25%).
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.