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Unit Overview


This unit includes (1) respiratory ontogeny (growth and development of the airways, lungs and chest wall); (2) respiratory physiology (cell physiology, gas exchange, lung mechanics); (3) ventilation strategies (CPAP, mandatory and synchronised ventilation modalities, conventional mechanical, high frequency ventilation); (4) non-ventilation therapies (surfactant therapy, nitric oxide, nebulisation principles, pulmonary vasodilators, physiotherapy, surgical interventions); (5) medical respiratory disease and management strategies (hyaline membrane disease, chronic lung disease, persistent pulmonary hypertension, pneumothorax, pneumonia, meconium aspiration, bronchiolitis, chylothorax, congenital anomalies, surfactant deficiency, genetic respiratory disorders); (6) surgical respiratory disease and management strategies (congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital emphysema, congenital cystic adenomatous malformations, congenital upper airway disorders); (7) pathophysiology of disease and targeted respiratory therapy; and (8) future management strategies/experimental therapies.

The unit aims to provide a foundation for understanding neonatal respiratory disease by covering ontogeny, physiology and common diseases, advanced knowledge of mechanical ventilators and ventilation strategies, and a strong understanding of individually targeted respiratory therapy based on the underlying disease pathophysiology.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) describe in detail respiratory ontogeny and how developmental stage impacts on respiratory transition and adaptation after birth; (2) describe normal respiratory physiologic processes in detail and have a comprehensive understanding of basic lung mechanics; (3) demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of neonatal respiratory diseases by describing them in terms of their pathophysiology and lung mechanics; (4) demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge of ventilator components and operation, different ventilation modalities as well as different ventilation strategies; and (5) formulate a targeted neonatal respiratory management strategy for individual patients based on the underlying pathophysiology.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) journal article critique; (2) submission of a case study; and (3) a two-hour multiple-choice/short-answer end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

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  • 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.