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Medicine in Extreme Environments CAM619


This unit is concerned with the practice of health-care in extreme environments. It starts with generic considerations before moving on to examine the following extreme environments in detail: cold, high altitude, desert, maritime, underwater, aviation, and space. The challenges of working each environment are considered, followed by an examination of the physiological changes that occur, and finally the patho-physiology and clinical presentations encountered.


Unit name Medicine in Extreme Environments
Unit code CAM619
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Mr Brenton Systermans
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 an extreme environment from a social, psychological, and medical perspective and challenges associated with living in working in such environments;
  • describe the processes of acclimatisation and adaptation to extreme environments, where this is physiologically feasible;
  • describe common patho-physiological processes and clinical conditions associated with extreme environments;
  • apply strategies for prevention of medical problems in extreme environments
  • Provide emergency treatment of medical problems associated with extreme environments.

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

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Teaching Pattern


AssessmentContribution to on-line discussion (20%)|Assignment 1 (30%)|Assignment 2 (50%)
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