Master of Traumatology

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Overview

In response to international demand the University of Newcastle has introduced the Master of Traumatology. This is the first postgraduate coursework program of its kind in Australia providing you the opportunity to extend your knowledge of trauma care.

In recognition of the importance of trauma as a subspecialty in prevention of mortality and morbidity of the injured, the Master of Traumatology has the support of leading medical organisations in Australia involved with trauma education and management.

Equipped with a strong foundation in the science and practice of injury management, you will be able to use your new degree to satisfy Curriculum Vitae Selection Points in applications for Surgical Education and Training (SET) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). The Master of Traumatology is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

Accredited by Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Master of Traumatology at a time that suits you.
 
The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) is a NSW government agency that works with clinicians, consumers and managers to design and promote better healthcare for NSW. One of its leading institutes, the Institute of Trauma and Injury Management (ITIM), oversees, coordinates and supports the NSW trauma system to achieve better outcomes for trauma patients across NSW.
 
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the generous contribution of ITIM to this Masters program.
 
To learn more about ITIM visit: www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/networks/itim

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
Location

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Number of Courses
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Program Code

12392

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8
Program Code

12392

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Is It For You?

The University of Newcastle has introduced the Master of Traumatology for medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals interested in expanding knowledge and practical skills in traumatology.

This program responds to the increasing demand for trauma specialised medical professionals, preparing graduates with the most up-to date evidence-based clinical practice skills to accelerate improvement in injured patients.

Throughout your studies you will achieve a comprehensive and critical understanding of the pathophysiology, aetiology, outcomes and management of trauma medicine. You will also focus on research methodology which will provide you with the opportunity to engage in traumatology research developing a strong foundation in the science and practice of injury management.

What Will You Study

Studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years, the Master of Traumatology will expand your knowledge and skills in areas including trauma systems, post-injury critical care, torso trauma, musculoskeletal trauma and neurotrauma. Offered as an online program, you will be supported by the University of Newcastle’s advanced online learning system.

In the interest of providing a superior educational experience, you will be supported by local and international experts in the field. Program Convenor, Professor Zsolt Balogh, has an established worldwide reputation in trauma management/research/education and is the Director of Trauma at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle – one of Australia’s leading Level-1 trauma centres.

Professor Balogh leads a research team that has an established clinical and research fellowship and PhD program. The team collaborates nationally and internationally in key research areas including haemorrhagic shock and resuscitation, brain injury, fracture treatment, road safety and post-injury inflammation/immunology.

You will be required to complete the eight specialised courses that have been specifically combined to prepare you for the trauma subspeciality. The courses are:

  • Introduction to Trauma Care
  • Post-injury Critical Care
  • Torso Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Trauma
  • Neurotrauma
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Research Protocol Design

Further to the coursework you will be required to attend an intensive three-day face to face interactive workshop.

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Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

Admission to the Master of Traumatology program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education and/or work experience. 
Admission is open to:

  • Registered Medical Professionals
  • Nurses (currently registered or eligible for registration as a Division One Registered Nurse) who have at least three years’ postgraduate experience in a surgical or critical care field.
  • Paramedics with at least a three year undergraduate degree or equivalent, additional postgraduate qualification and at least two years’ experience.
  • Allied health practitioners with at least a three year undergraduate degree, additional postgraduate qualification and at least two years’ experience in a critical care field

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

All applicants must provide a copy of a practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority and a CV outlining any relevant professional experience.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 12392
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

This is an 80 unit coursework postgraduate program completed full-time over one year or part-time equivalent. It is offered by distance learning online with compulsory attendance at a three-day residential workshop.In exceptional circumstances, attendance at the workshop may be via videolink.The program aims to provide graduates with the knowledge to deliver the most up-to-date, evidence-based clinical practice to injured patients within their scope of practice. Students will gain a comprehensive and critical understanding of the pathophysiology, aetiology, and outcomes and management of trauma medicine. A focus on research methodology will provide an opportunity for candidates to engage in traumatology research.

Admission Requirements

  • Registered medical practitioner. Applications from International Medical Graduates in Australia and overseas are encouraged. International Applications will be reviewed by the Program Convenor
  • Nurses currently registered, or eligible to be registered, as Division One Registered Nurses with at least three years’ experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae demonstrating postgraduate practice in a surgical or critical care field
  • Paramedics with at least a three year undergraduate degree or equivalent, additional postgraduate qualification and at least two years’ experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae
  • Allied health practitioners with at least a three year undergraduate degree, additional postgraduate qualification and at least two years’ experience in a critical care field as documented in a professional curriculum vitae

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

The program requires completion of 80 units of study full-time over one year or part time equivalent and is undertaken by distance learning online. The program consists of 7 core courses and 1 directed course. For more details please refer to the course information.

Completion of a compulsory three-day on campus workshop is also required. In exceptional circumstances, attendance at the workshop may be via videolink.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses..

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
TRAU6001 Introduction to Trauma Care Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
TRAU6002 Post-Injury Critical Care Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
TRAU6003 Torso Trauma Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
TRAU6004 Musculoskeletal Trauma Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
TRAU6005 Neurotrauma Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses

Directed Course list: Choose 10 units from the following directed courses..

Code Name Availability Units
EPID6600 Research Protocol Design Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
TRAU6006 Trauma in Austere Environments Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a broad coherent knowledge of trauma and the academic background to work in trauma care related clinical fields. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in at least one specialised field of trauma care.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the burden of trauma; able to define strategies to prevent injuries and apply knowledge and skills for the optimal management of injured patients.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of trauma care including a priority-based management approach to polytrauma patients.
  • Identify, define and analyse relevant basic science processes to trauma patient response to injury and treatment in order to facilitate optimal care, prevent complications and form research questions towards continued improvement and excellence
  • A capacity for monitoring and critically reviewing clinical evidence to adjust the optimal care delivery. The ability to evaluate and improve trauma services, using appropriate research methods

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes “reasonable accommodations” under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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