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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 micro-counselling appropriate for application in their care of patients and their families. This unit includes airway suction; bag and mask ventilation; bladder tap or catheterisation; blood culture; blood sampling from umbilical and peripheral arterial lines; capillary blood sample; endotracheal intubation; exchange transfusion (via simulation); lumbar puncture; thoracocentesis (via simulation); paracentesis (via simulation); pericardiocentesis (via simulation); peripheral arterial puncture (via simulation); surfactant administration; venesection; performing and interpreting functional echocardiography (if enrolled in cardiac unit); and interpreting cranial ultrasound.

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate 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) demonstrate competence in procedures associated in the care of a sick infant in line with college requirements; (3) demonstrate core basic practices of person-centred micro-counselling in scenarios involving high-level communication of medical information with patients in distress; (4) demonstrate knowledge of emotional dimensions of communication including critical self-reflection and counter-transference; (5) understand barriers to communication with patients and strategies to overcome or compensate (e.g. culture/language; technology; complaints and disclosure of errors); (6) guide patients through various risk/benefits associated with different courses of action and appropriate presentation of certainty/uncertainty as well as application of withholding information (when is this appropriate/not appropriate); (7) demonstrate the ability to collect, analyse, and evaluate information and ideas, problem solve by thinking clearly, critically and creatively; and (8) demonstrate self-evaluation and critical self-reflection.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a tutorial presentation; (2) portfolio assessment; and (3) a self-reflection essay. This unit is Ungraded Pass (UP) or Ungraded Fail (UF). Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit rules
PAED5502 Practicum I
  • 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.