units

MDM4090

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)TBA

Synopsis

This unit will consider the unique challenges involved with preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emerging disaster threats. The unit will define 'emerging' disaster threats and provide international and national examples as case-studies. The unit will explore the current evidence-base for emerging disaster threats, appropriate contemporary models and principles and/or international standards, and explore the infrastructure, inter-agency involvement and community engagement required for preparing for and managing these events. This unit will examine the policy and social implications of responding to emerging disaster threats including an examination of the ethical issues involved with the provision of resources during emerging disaster threats. Students will apply the principles in this Unit to their respective professional practice.

Outcomes

By the completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review the classification, literature and evidence-base of emerging traditional and non-traditional events which threaten national health security and community safety.
  2. Analyse the unique challenges associated with preparing for, responding to, and recovering from, emerging disaster threats in terms of appropriate contemporary models and principles and/or international standards.
  3. Critique the policy, infrastructure, inter-agency involvement and community engagement required for the effective preparation and management of these emerging disaster health threats.
  4. Discuss the socio-cultural and the ethical issues involved in these emerging disaster threats.
  5. Apply the principles in this Unit to their respective professional practice and identify education requirements and research opportunities as a consequence of emerging disaster threats.

Assessment

Two minor assignments (1500 words each)(50%)
Major assignment (3,000 words)(50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Ingrid Brooks

Contact hours

It is expected that students will complete sufficient personal study time (for a total workload of 13 hours per week) over the 12 week semester in order to satisfy the reading, online activities, and assignment expectations of the unit. Within this total, students are also required to attend a 3 day (24 hours) on-campus intensive.

Prerequisites

MDM4010 or equivalent studies or field experience to demonstrate sufficient background to successfully undertake this Unit as determined by the Course coordinator