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Unit Overview


This unit covers theoretical knowledge essential in the management of neonates with surgical conditions. Special focus is on having a high index of diagnostic suspicion, early diagnosis and initial stabilisation prior to transfer to a tertiary surgical neonatal unit.

The unit includes (1) gastrointestinal—malrotation, volvulus; Hirschsprung's disease; hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, inguinal hernias, bilious vomiting, imperforate anus, gastroschisis, exampholos; (2) thoracic—oesophageal atresia/tracheo-oesophageal fistula; congenital diaphragmatic hernia; (3) urology—posterior urethral valves; dilatation of renal pelves detected on antenatal ultrasounds; (4) biliary—biliary atresia; conjugated hyperbilirubinemia, pale coloured stools; (5) ear, nose and throat—choanal atresia on other nasal obstructive conditions such as pyriform aperture stenosis; (6) plastic surgical conditions—cleft lip and palate; Pierre Robin sequence; soft tissue infiltration injuries, hemangioma, lymphangiomas; (7) cardiac—how to suspect heart disease, role of clinical examination and pulse oximetry; use of prostaglandin E1 in duct dependent lesions; (8) hips—developmental dysplasia of the hip, importance of clinical examination, usefulness of ultrasound, early referral to minimise morbidity; (9) eyes—cataract, retinoblastoma, importance of examination of eyes for red reflex; (10) orthopaedic—talipes, Hemivertebra, congenital scoliosis, developmental dysplasia of hips; and (11) neurology—hydrocephalus, subgaleal haemorrhage and spina bifida (especially occulta).

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) have a good knowledge of the commonly encountered neonatal surgical conditions; (2) have a sound knowledge in early diagnosis and initial stabilisation; (3) have some understanding of operative procedures and pre and post-operative management; and (4) identify danger signs of neonatal surgical conditions and make early referral.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a two-hour end-of-semester examination; (2) three topic presentations over the course of semester; and (3) three case presentations over the course of semester. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.