Student Conference 2

Subject MEDS90005 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

July, 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: 25 hours
Total Time Commitment:

50 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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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Sharon Marsionis

Katrina Trigg

Subject Overview:

The student conference will be delivered in a traditional conference format over one week. The aim of the student conference is to allow students to learn from each other, experts in various fields and other health professionals in topic areas suited to a conference format. In their second year students will attend and participate in the conference program and be actively involved in the conference organisation but would not be expected to present or teach.


By the end of this subject students should have developed the following graduate attributes in six domains
to a level appropriate to the second year of the course:

1. Understand the determinants of a well society and the economic, political, psychological, social and cultural factors that contribute to the development and persistence of health and illness
2. Understand the health of indigenous Australians including their history, cultural development and the impact of colonisation and the ongoing health disparities of indigenous people in this country and globally
3. Understand the burden of disease in differing populations and geographic locations
4. Understand the differing requirements of health care systems in a culturally diverse society
5. Consider local, regional, national and global ramifications of health care issues
6. Contribute to the community
7. Contribute to the resolution of health inequities locally and globally
8. Understand the relationship between environmental issues and the health of local communities and society
9. Understand the principles of practising medicine in an environmentally responsible way.

Medical Profession
1. Understand the continuum of medical training and the diverse roles and expertise of doctors
2. Understand the potential conflicts of interest that may confront doctors
3. Understand the principles of ethics in the provision of health care and research.
4. Understand organisational governance, the ability to be an active participant in professional organisations, and an appreciation of the benefits of this participation
5. Understand the principles of mentorship
6. Understand educational theory and practice
7. Understand the importance to maintain standards of medical practice at the highest level throughout a professional career

Systems of Health Care
1. Understand the roles, responsibilities and expertise of all health professionals, and how they work in teams to deliver health care
2. Appreciate the responsibility to contribute to the education of all health professionals
3. Understand the principles of efficient and equitable allocation and use of finite resources in health care systems, locally and globally
4. Understand the structure of the Australian health care system and health care systems globally
5. Understand the role of political systems in shaping health care systems locally, nationally and internationally

1. Apply the principles of reflective practice in a conference setting
2. Identify and address your learning needs in a conference setting
3. Apply effective time-management to a conference setting

1. Understand the scientific method relevant to biological, behavioural and social science
2. Understand research methods
3. Learn from patients, health professionals and the community in a conference setting

1. Discuss and defend the rights of patients in a conference setting
2. Understand chronic illness and disability and its impact on the patient, their carers and communities


• Attendance (Hurdle Requirement)
• Structured report of 1500 words on one keynote presentation from the conference to be completed by Week 27. Each report will be assessed by an academic/teaching staff member nominated by the Subject Co-ordinator using a structured marking scheme (PASS/FAIL).
• Peer marking, using a structured marking scheme, of two (2) MEDS90003 Student Conference 1 participant reflective pieces on one key note presentation (PASS/FAIL). Each peer assessment will be 500 words in length (1000 in total) and be completed by Week 27. Content of the peer assessment will be verified by the Subject Co-ordinator and/or a nominated academic/teaching staff member.

Prescribed Texts:

No prescribed texts. An on-line volume of proceedings will be available at the end of the conference.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

By the end of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • The ability to extract information from expert presentations and to take notes to enable them to write a report on those presentations
  • The ability to participate in groups discussions and workshops
  • An understanding of academic conferences and their role in the dissemination of knowledge
Related Course(s): Doctor of Medicine

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