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Unit Overview


This (GMED4003) unit builds on the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed over the previous four years of the course in a series of work based clinical placements with an emphasis on pre-intern training to be fully work ready on graduation. Students will develop a competent level of practice demonstrating skill development and an integrated body of knowledge derived from the physical, biological, behavioural and social sciences. Students will show empathy for patients and have recognition of their own limitations. The placements will enable students to integrate health promotion and disease prevention with the management of illness and injury as well as give consideration to patient safety and quality of care. In the unit, students will learn to practise with due regard to available resources and cost effective measures in a manner which encourages patients to assume increasing responsibility for their own health and to participate in decisions about their health care. Students will understand the need for lifelong learning in the practice of medicine and medical education including further training and medical research.

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Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodBroomeFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodBunburyFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodGeraldtonFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodKalgoorlieFace to face

Students are able to (1) interpret and apply knowledge of health, illness and end of life care, including aetiology, pathology, clinical features, natural history and prognosis

of common conditions and presentations in all clinical disciplines expected at intern level, and demonstrate commitment to evidence based practice.; (2) communicate clearly, appropriately, professionally, effectively and empathetically with patients and their families/carers from diverse cultures in

Australia and with other health professionals, be culturally safe, and involve patients in decision making.; (3) demonstrate integrated clinical skills including communication, history taking, physical examination, skills in clinical procedures and in?hospital emergency management skills, and adhere to clinical safety requirements.; (4) interpret clinical findings, formulate differential diagnoses; select, justify and interpret common investigations, identify and justify management

options, and use clinical data systems effectively and appropriately.

; (5) account for the global and national context of the health care system in the practice of medicine and take into consideration the roles of, and relationships between, health and non-health sectors.; (6) incorporate professional attitudes and behaviours of a medical practitioner ready to undertake intern duties, including ethical standards of clinical

practice, and develop the potential for leadership roles.; (7) provide care to patients in accordance with codes and legal responsibilities for medical practitioners.; and (8) demonstrate knowledge of population health, social determinants of health, preventive health, epidemiology and surveillance, including in relation to outer-metropolitan, rural and remote settings..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) end-of-year written examinations; (2) professional behaviour assessment; and (3) end of year OSCE. 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 end-of-year written examinations, professional behaviour assessment, and end of year OSCE components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor, Michele Gawlinski
Unit rules
Curtin University GMED3012 Medicine 3
Approved quota: 30—based on availibility of clinical placements and supervision at rural sites.
Contact hours
Clinical placement: approximately 30 to 40 hours per week
To pass this unit students must complete the requirements of GMED4003 Medicine 5 as set out by Curtin University.

To be eligible to apply for a placement with the Rural Clinical School of WA in final year, you must have sucessfully completed RMED5313/5323 Intergrated Rural Medical Practice 1 and 2 in the previous year. Selection into the Final Year program is based on online application, interview, confirmation of financial independance and availability of accommodation in rural areas. 

  • 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.