Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine


Dr Christine Ball, Dr Christopher Bain, Dr Joel Symons

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).


Alfred Hospital


The focus of this unit is for the participant to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills in managing the trauma patient in the acute setting, as well as the chronic patient with an acute exacerbation of their disease. It will focus on strategies to improve the outcome for these patients. Participants will gain practical knowledge of airway management, ventilation strategies and circulatory support strategies.


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

  1. Diagnose and treat patients with a range of chronic medical diseases, with a focus on the perioperative period.
  2. Identify the patient who may require acute airway management and apply basic airway management principles to maintain and secure the airway.
  3. Explain various ventilation strategies that assist in improving respiratory outcomes in the acute trauma patient, as well as the patient with chronic lung disease.
  4. List and justify the rationale for using various fluids (including blood products) to maintain circulatory and nutritional support.
  5. Explain the pathophysiological mechanisms that occur to a patient in the setting of acute trauma. This includes neurotrauma, chest and abdominal trauma, as well as burns trauma. Correlate these with the patient's clinical signs and symptoms.
  6. Competently examine the respiratory patient and formulate a perioperative management plan.
  7. Discuss issues relating to retrieval of the acutely ill patient.
  8. With appropriate collaboration formulate and effectively execute/deliver a defensible/appropriate management plan for an acutely unwell patient.


1 x Essay (2,000 words) (16%)
4 x Short essays (1,000 words each) (9% each) (36%)
2 x Group case discussions (2,500 words per group) (9% each) (18%)
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

Chief examiner(s)