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TM5559 - Clinical Tropical Paediatrics

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

This subject is conducted off-shore in a tropical, developing country as a two week block. Students, accompanied by JCU staff with expertise in paediatrics, neonatology and public health, will visit a range of urban and regional hospitals and health facilities. Local health staff will facilitate teaching ward rounds and whilst paediatrics is the main focus, opportunities to observe tropical conditions in adults will be taken. Case presentations and discussions around issues of public health importance will be conducted in the evenings. During the course we are fortunate to be able to visit a range of development projects run by local and international non-government organisations; this is an exciting opportunity to see first hand the health and social impacts of microfinance and other grassroots projects.

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

Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise the public health interventions in low resource settings that contribute to reduction of childhood morbidity and mortality;
  • Compare the diagnosis and management of sick children in low resource settings with that in Australia;
  • Review the role social determinants of health have in contributing to childhood morbidity and mortality in low resource settings;
  • Articulate the challenges faced by health professionals working in low resource settings.
Prerequisites: TM5534Students with 3 or more years of clinical paediatrics experience are exempt and others may apply for exemption if they feel their previous paediatric experience is adequate. Please contact Sandra Downing if you wish to apply for exemption.


Townsville, Block, Study Period 10
Census Date 10-Dec-2015
Non-standard start/end 13-Nov-2015 to 08-Jan-2016
Face to face teaching 13-Nov-2015 to 27-Nov-2015 (Conducted as a 2 week block in Bangladesh)
Coordinator: Ms Sandra Downing, <Person not found>
Lecturers: Ms Sandra Downing, Dr Anne Miller, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 20 hours tutorials
  • 60 hours clinical placement
Assessment: assignments.
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.