MEDI 6003 Infectious Disease and Autoimmune conditions

Credit Points 10

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Description This subject covers a structured approach to the recognition and assessment of acute and critical childhood infections commonly encountered in primary care, from common paediatric skin infections and gastroenteritis to bone and joint infections and meningitis. This subject also addresses antibiotic resistance and teaches best prescribing practices. Given the incidence and impact of paediatric skin infections globally, students will also develop a systematic approach to address health inequities experienced by children both nationally and internationally. This subject also addresses common childhood autoimmune conditions and juvenile arthritis, providing students with a systematic approach to assessment and management of these conditions.

School Medicine

Discipline Paediatrics

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 3 10cp

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Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. assess and diagnose common paediatric infections 
  2. use investigations aligned with ethical and professional standards to support the diagnosis of common childhood infections and autoimmune conditions
  3. devise evidence-based management strategies 
  4. communicate effective management with parents and families and advocate for improved health outcomes at population level

Subject Content

  1. Common Childhood Viral Infections
  2. Paediatric Skin Infections
  3. Gastroenteritis
  4. Bone and Joint Infections
  5. Meningitis
  6. COVID-19 In Children
  7. Managing COVID in the community
  8. Rheumatic fever and its complications
  9. Approach to the returned paediatric traveller
  10. Tropical disease (Malaria, Typhoid , Dengue)
  11. Tuberculosis in Children
  12. HIV
  13. Antibiotics and Resistance
  14. Immunodeficiencies
  15. Rheumatic Diseases in Children
  16. Arthritis in Children
  17. Recurrent fever syndromes

Inherent Requirements

The inherent requirements for this subject will be the same as those for medicine programs

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ir/inherent_requirements/inherent_requirements_for_medicine_courses

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 60 minutes S/U Y Individual
Professional Task 15 minutes S/U Y Individual
Reflection 1000 words S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods

Autumn

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Quarter 3

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Quarter 4

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