Courses & Units

Expedition Medicine CAM631



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This unit is an intensive, residential course providing practical skills development to support the on-line units offered in the Healthcare in Remote and Extreme Environments program. The unit commences with a focus on basic knowledge and skills in the following domains: expedition preparation and planning, wilderness emergency medical response, search and rescue, remote area communications, navigation, steep terrain rescue, use of stretchers and splints, and cold injury and high altitude medicine. Students are required to apply these skills in progressively more complex exercises, and to adapt, synthesise, and improvise to solve prolonged, complex emergency scenarios. A strong emphasis is placed upon developing leadership and team-working skills. The practical elements are complemented by an on-line component in the medical aspects of pre-expedition preparation and planning.


Unit name Expedition Medicine
Unit code CAM631
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine

Brenton Systermans

Teaching staff

Dr Edi Albert & others

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $3,291.00 060199

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Teaching Pattern

workshop x 8 day


Practical Assessment x 3 Ungraded Pass

Written Assessments (3500 words) Ungraded Pass.

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