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TM5508 - Diving and Marine Medicine

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

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

This subject conducted in association with the Townsville Hospital, presents the basic principles of underwater and hyperbaric medicine. A series of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions highlight the taking of a diving history, performing a diving medical examination, decompression sickness, management of near-drowning, hypothermia, sinus and ear barotrauma, diving equipment, gases, physiology, diving hazards and diving techniques. A hyperbaric unit is located at the Townsville Hospital.Marine hazards such as bites and stings are examined.

Learning Outcomes

  • have an understanding of the principles of marine, diving and hyperbaric medicine;
  • have the background to be able to better approach the assessment of an individual's fitness for diving and hyperbaric exposures;
  • be able to provide first aid for common diving illnesses and what further management is available;
  • have an appreciation of recent advances in diving and hyperbaric medicine.


Townsville, Limited, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Face to face teaching 13-Oct-2015 to 16-Oct-2015 (Mini-block)
Coordinator: Geoffrey Gordon, Professor Peter Leggat
Lecturers: Geoffrey Gordon, Professor Peter Leggat.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours lectures - Limited mode subjects are equivalent to 60 hours of lectures
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (20%); essay (15%); evolving clinical problems (15%).

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.