Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Christine Ball, Dr Chris Bain


Students will gain knowledge of the pathogenesis and perioperative management of patients with endocrine, renal, hepatic, gastrointestinal and coagulation dysfunction.
In addition, students will learn to apply basic analgesic principles to the management of patients with perioperative pain problems.


  1. Describe the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of endocrine disorders including diabetes, obesity and sleep apnoea, and their impact on the perioperative patient.
  2. Explain the impact of renal, hepatic and gastrointestinal dysfunction on the patient during the perioperative period.
  3. Formulate an effective/appropriate/suitable/feasible perioperative management plan for patients with endocrine disorders and/or dysfunction.
  4. Recognise commonly used anticoagulant and antiplatelet agents, and justify their use in the perioperative period.
  5. Recognise the patient with acute, complex acute and chronic pain and correlate their condition to the underlying pathophysiology
  6. Evaluate the use of commonly used analgesics and apply these to a management plan.


4 short answer questions (500 words each) 16.67%
4 group case discussion assignments (4x1000 words) 33.3%
Weekend block days (simulation, face to face case discussions, 6 hours each day)50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

24 hours per week