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Operational Aspects of Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments CAM503


This unit provides an introduction to the Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments. It starts by considering the characteristics of different types of remote populations and remote medical practice, the understanding of which is vital to providing appropriate health care. It continues by looking at a range of clinical, non-clinical, and logistical topics that underpin the delivery of remote health care and exemplify the broader set of roles undertaken by the remote practitioner. The unit considers topics such as: telehealth; point of care testing; planning for emergencies, disasters, and aero-medical retrieval; public, population, and environmental health; chronic disease management; leadership and teamwork, and work health and safety. The unit concludes with some case studies that illustrate how these topics can be brought together.


Unit name Operational Aspects of Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments
Unit code CAM503
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Jacinta O'Neill
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • describe the characteristics of health care provision, practitioners, and populations in remote and polar environments.
  • describe appropriate frameworks and strategies for leadership, teamwork, and management in remote settings, and synthesise these to provide solutions to real world problems.
  • describe frameworks for quality, safety, and risk management in remote practice and apply these in specific contexts.
  • describe approaches for the provision of telehealth and point of care testing services and describe how these may be integrated into a remote clinical practice setting.
  • apply principles, processes, and frameworks for disaster planning and aero-medical evacuation in a remote location.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060199 $1,425.00 $1,425.00 not applicable $3,291.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

On line

AssessmentShort written responses to questions (20%)|Assignment (50%)|Assignment (30%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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