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TM5581 - Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

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

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

  • Undertake pre-expedition planning and preventive measures;
  • Investigate the epidemiology of expedition related health and safety events;
  • Manage expedition-related health problems and provide advice on responding to extreme environments;
  • Undertake post-expedition planning and debriefing;
  • Develop an understanding of expeditionary skills required of a health professional supporting an expedition.
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 26-Mar-2015
Face to face teaching 27-Mar-2015 to 29-Mar-2015 (Face-to-face teaching will be held in Townsville)
Coordinator: Professor Peter Leggat
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Marc Shaw, Professor Peter Leggat.
Workload expectations:
  • 20 hours - on-campus mini-block
Assessment: end of semester exam (35%); quizzes or tests (15%); assignments (25%); assignment 2 (25%).
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.