Courses & Units

Medical Care on Offshore and Inland Waters CAM635


Medical Care on Offshore and Inland Waters provides a both a theoretical and practical introduction to the planning and delivery of medical care in various aquatic settings: from scientific expeditions and Antarctic cruises on large ships through to white-water rafting and kayaking expeditions. The unit runs as an approximately 8-day residential, intensive course that covers non-clinical theoretical topics such as maritime regulations and maritime search and rescue, clinical topics such as marine envenomation, drowning and cold injury, and then combines these with practical scenarios and exercises in a swift water setting. The unit concludes with the completion of one online written assessment.


Unit name Medical Care on Offshore and Inland Waters
Unit code CAM635
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Ms Amanda Hewson
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school 24/10/2022 8/11/2022 1/12/2022 8/1/2023
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 an approach to expedition planning in the maritime and other aquatic environments, particularly that related to health care and the design of medical kits;
  • Describe and apply the Accident Management Plan for emergencies in wilderness areas, for both single and multiple patient problems;
  • Describe and apply approaches to safety, prevention, and rescue in aquatic environments
  • Describe and apply principles of leadership, followership and team-working in emergency situations
  • Demonstrate the management of common and important problems and conditions encountered in freshwater and marine aquatic 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
060101 $1,425.00 $1,425.00 not applicable $5,175.00

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

Online plus mandatory attendance at the intensive course - no other on campus requirements

AssessmentPractical assessment (50%)|Written assignment (50%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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