Health Practice 5

Subject MEDS30002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-one-and-a-half hours of lectures and tutorials, 12 hours clinical skills sessions and 3 full-day clinical placements. Estimated non-contact time commitment: 9 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Assoc Prof Alex Holmes

Subject Overview: This semester explores the psychosocial problems that emerge from the problems of the week. Subjects will include public health and disease control, adverse events, patient and practitioner distress and the psychosocial aspects of cancer medicine. Students learn how to interview a patient about genitourinary symptoms, medications, illicit drugs and family history. They learn how to perform a breast examination. They also revise the medical interviewing and physical examination skills learned in previous semesters.

Public Health

Understand the key elements of the public health approach to an disease outbreak;

· Understand the principles of disease surveillance;

· Understand and apply the principles of health promotion and disease prevention;

· Understand and apply describe the principles of epidemiology;

· Understand and apply the principles of public health.

Personal and professional challenges of medical practice

· Understand the concepts of mistakes, medical error and adverse events;

· Explore the experience of uncertainty in clinical practice;

· Explore the problems of the emotional patient;

· Understand the causes of difficult relationships;

· Explore the experience of terminal illness and death;

· Explore the relationship between expectations and stress in medical practice;

· Understand the epidemiology, causality and issues of management involving sick doctors.


Three class assessments (20%); end-of-semester written examination of two hours (50% - hurdle requirement); performance-based assessment in the form of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) which includes direct observation of a clinical interview and physical examination (30%). Hurdle requirements: 75% attendance at lectures, tutorials and practical classes and 100% attendance at clinical placements and field visits. Students must pass the physical examination component of the OSCE.

Prescribed Texts: N/A
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Please refer to Health Practice 1.

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