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All students are required to complete a 4-week attachment in an Emergency Department. The requirements of the Emergency attachment follow. The remaining 4-week attachment is described in the outline for MFAC3509 Selective Course.

OBJECTIVES - Upon completion of the Emergency attachment you should be able to:

- recognise the clinical features of a patient whose life or health is threatened by an acute illness;

- identify and understand the pathophysiological processes which are occurring in acute presentations;

- appreciate the urgency of priority setting in the acutely ill patient; - intervene to interrupt the processes which are threatening life (ie: apply the skills of cardiopulmonary-cerebral resuscitation);

- plan the management of patients with common acute life threatening or serious problems; - feel comfortable in the emergency care environment;

- understand the principles in the effective interaction with patients and relatives in the critical care environment; - be aware of ethical dilemmas in emergency care;

- appreciate that acute emergency care is a multidisciplinary endeavour.

Learning will be based primarily on clinical experiences during the attachment to an Emergency Department. This will be supported by a tutorial program.

Assessment will include satisfactory completion of the generic learning plan, observed patient assessments (if applicable to attachment).


Faculty of Medicine

Study Level


Offering Terms

Summer Canberra, Term 1, Term 2, Term 3



Delivery Mode

Fully on-site

Indicative contact hours


Course Outline

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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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