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Unit Overview


This is primarily a practical, hands-on unit, where the student is expected to become proficient in the overall care of preterm and/or sick newborns on retrieval from all parts of Western Australia. Students are also expected to participate in logistical and planning components of the transport service. Students (1) develop knowledge of the role of transport in neonatal/perinatal medicine; and (2) are provided with the practical skills required to undertake and organise a neonatal transport.

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

Students are able to (1) describe the history and development of neonatal transport; (2) understand basic and applied neonatal physiology for ground and air transport; (3) describe the role of the transport team; (4) develop advanced skills for independent management of neonates being retrieved from remote locations with limited resources; (5) develop specific skills for management of difficult problems on transport (such as extreme prematurity, surgical emergencies, etc.); (6) display good communication skills with referring staff, parents of neonates being retrieved and the different transport services within Western Australia (WA) (RFDS, St John Ambulance); and (7) develop an understanding of the unique nature of transport services in WA with respect to logistical hurdles.


This comprises a logbook of transports/ reflective diary (50 per cent); performance of a simulation (20 per cent); direct observation of conduct on transport-related activities [both senior nursing and medical staff affiliated with Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) contribute to the assessment of the student] (20 per cent); and day-to-day conduct of the student within the transport service and Neonatology Clinical Care Unit (NCCU) generally (10 per cent).

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

Unit rules
Approved quota: 3—places will go preferentially to Senior Registrars and Fellows based at King Edward Memorial Hospital; if there are more than three interested students, we will then allocate places based on proximity to completion of their advanced training program (places going preferentially to those closest to completion).
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