Trauma in Austere Environments

10 Units

This course covers the management of trauma in low-resource environments and extreme environments. It will be of interest to students who will practice clinically in rural and remote Australia and also covers topics usually described in wilderness or expedition medicine and includes battlefield trauma, maritime trauma and retrieval and trauma in extreme climates.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the organisation of trauma services in rural and remote Australia
  2. Apply the latest knowledge of trauma management as used in the battlefield
  3. Apply specialised knowledge about alpine trauma, challenges in hot temperature environments and principles of expedition medicine
  1. The organisation of trauma services for rural Australia. Urban versus Rural
  2. The role of telemedicine in rural and remote trauma
  3. Transfer and retrieval of the rural surgical trauma patient
  4. Trauma in hot temperature environments - challenges for patient and responder
  5. Principles of prolonged field care
  6. Principles of expedition medicine
  7. Maritime Trauma and retrieval
  8. Advances in battlefield medicine and its implications for global trauma care
  9. Wrong Place, Wrong Time - Orthopaedic Disaster Tourists
  10. Principles and Current Practice of Battlefield medicine
  11. Alpine Trauma - Principles of Hypothermia/Retrieval/Injury Patterns/Avalanches
  12. Trauma Education for remote areas
Assumed Knowledge TRAU6001 Introduction to Trauma Care
Assessment Items
  • Quiz: Online MCQ Quizzes
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment - Case Discussion
  • Participation: Online discussion

Contact Hours


Online Activity

Online 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for TRAU6006
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