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Unit Overview


Students (1) develop knowledge of relevant anatomy and physiology, indications, risks and consequences of practical procedures in the care of a sick neonate; and (2) are provided with the opportunity to develop core knowledge and skills in communicating professionally as part of multi-disciplinary teams. The unit includes procedures (anatomy, physiology and complications); intercostal drains; naso/orogastric tube; percutaneous long lines; peripheral arterial catheters; umbilical arterial and venous catheters; urinary bladder catheters; endotracheal intubation; and cranial ultrasound (anatomy).

6 points
Not available in 2024King Edward Memorial Hospital and Princess Margaret HospitalFace to face

Students are able to (1) have a comprehensive understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology regarding procedures relevant to caring for a sick neonate in line with the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) requirements; (2) develop competence in procedures associated in the care of a sick infant in line with college requirements; (3) communicate effectively as part of a professional multidisciplinary team including understanding of barriers to communication (e.g. differing opinions about management), navigating systemic obstacles (e.g. continuity of care with roster changes and effective handover), and teaching; (4) develop person-centred micro-counselling skills with application to low-lying dilemma scenarios (e.g. gaining consent for procedures); (5) collect, analyse and evaluate information and ideas, problem solve by thinking clearly, critically and creatively; and (6) develop self-evaluation and critical self-reflection.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial/workshop presentation; (2) professional development portfolio (reflective journal and logbook with weekly entries); (3) a 1000-word paper on incidental observations of procedures; (4) simulation A (e.g. teaching advanced simulation of resuscitation scenario; ventilation set-up; NETS cot set-up, etc.); and (5) simulation B (counselling demonstration in role play with peer and demonstration video plus a one-page critical self-reflection summary). Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Clinical Associate Professor Mary Sharp
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  • 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.