Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stuart Marshall and Dr Maggie Wong

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/anaesthesia-board/contactus.html).


Students will gain knowledge of the pathogenesis and perioperative management of patients with infectious diseases, neurological and neuromuscular disorders, high risk obstetrics and psychiatric disorders. In addition, students will learn to identify the impact of ageing and geriatric care and optimize the management of these patients in the perioperative period.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the impact of infectious diseases on the perioperative management of patients and formulate a perioperative management plan for these patients.
  2. Recognise the causes of high risk pregnancies and evaluate the rationale for optimum patient outcome for mother and child in these conditions.
  3. Explain the pathophysiology of neurological and neuromuscular disorders and formulate a management plan for the perioperative care of these patients
  4. Describe the changes of ageing and geriatric care on physiology and apply this knowledge to formulate a perioperative management plan which addresses these changes.
  5. Formulate a perioperative management plan that is appropriate for a patient with psychiatric disorders.


1 x Essay (2,000 words) (16%)
4 x Short answer questions (1,000 words each) (9% each) (27%)
2 x Group case discussions (1,500 words per group) (27%)
Block day (8 hours) (30%)

Results will be reported to students and faculty as a Pass / Non-Pass result.

Workload requirements

20-24 hours per week of time commitment (on average) and 8 hours per semester of direct contact time (weekend block day).

See also Unit timetable information

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