PATH5162 Advanced Laboratory Haematology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
The aim of this unit is to prepare graduates with the relevant specialist theory and practical knowledge of laboratory haematology required of a medical scientist in advancing patient care and research. On completion of the unit students are expected to have extensive knowledge of the pathology of haematological disorders and the methods used in haematology and transfusion medicine laboratories.

The aim is achieved by increasing students' mastery of; morphological and laboratory features of haematological disorders; preparation, processing, staining and analysis of blood samples using clot detection, cell enumeration, immunohaematology and other methods of haematology measurement; quality control and quality assurance incorporating mastery of pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical variables in haematology; the principles of advancing understanding of haematology and transfusion sciences through medical and scientific research; and laboratory safety in the haematology and transfusion laboratory.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a detailed understanding of reactive, inherited and malignant haematological diseases of red cells, white cells and platelets; (2) demonstrate competency in the morphological assessment of normal, reactive and malignant disorders of the bone marrow; (3) interpret results of complex haemostasis tests, including factor assays, thrombophilia tests and platelet function tests; (4) perform pre-transfusion testing of patient and donor samples; (5) investigation of blood transfusion reactions and Haemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn; and (6) detailed understanding of the pathophysiology of Haemolytic Disease of the Fetus and the Newborn (HDFN) and associated laboratory investigation.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reports; (2) written examinations; and (3) practical examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the practical examination component.

Supplementary assessment is available in this unit for those students who obtain a mark of at least 50% overall and obtained a mark of less than 50% in one specified component (failed component) of the unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Matthew Linden
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
PATH5161 Haematology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hour per week; tutorials/labs/workshops: up to 6 hours per week
Note
This unit includes collecting and working with blood from patients and healthy volunteers. While the activities involved have undergone risk assessment and relevant institutional biosafety approvals, some activities are considered to be exposure prone procedures (EPPs). As such, it is important that students meet the expectations for Health Care Workers in Western Australia. Under these guidelines HCWs and students are responsible for ensuring—(1) they know their own blood borne virus status; (2) their vaccination status against vaccine preventable diseases is current and they can provide evidence of HBV vaccination or documented evidence of non-responder status; (3) any refusal to undertake recommended vaccinations and/or serology is to be documented; and (4) they adopt infection prevention practices to minimise the risk of occupational exposure (e.g. use of appropriate personal protective equipment and safe handling and disposal of sharps).
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This unit includes collecting and working with blood from patients and healthy volunteers. While the activities involved have undergone risk assessment and relevant institutional biosafety approvals, some activities are considered to be exposureprone procedures (EPPs). As such, it is important that students meet the expectations for Health Care Workers in Western Australia. Under these guidelines HCWs and students are responsible for ensuring. 1) they know their own blood borne virus status, 2) their vaccination status against vaccine preventable diseases is current and they can provide evidence of HBV vaccination or documented evidence of non-responder status, 3) any refusal to undertake recommended vaccinations and / or serology is to be documented, and 4) they adopt infection prevention practices to minimise the risk of occupational exposure e.g. use of appropriate personal protective equipment and safe handling and disposal of sharps.

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