MEDI 7031 Rural and Remote Medicine: The Generalist Approach

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401270

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Description This subject introduces the student to the concepts of rural generalist practice and provides them with an understanding of the complexities and inequalities of providing health care in rural and remote Australian settings. Students will be expected to appraise the current literature around generalist practice and evaluate the models of care and health systems that support a generalist approach. The students will also determine the skills required to effectively deliver the required scope of practice

School Medicine

Discipline General Medicine

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 3 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject


Students must be enrolled in 4760 Masters of Medicine (Rural Generalism)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Explore key concepts and principles of rural health and generalist practice
  2. Assess the impact of different models of rural practice from a practitioner and patient perspective
  3. Describe the diversity of populations in rural and remote settings in the Australian context
  4. Evaluate and describe models of care and health systems that support a generalist approach
  5. Identify and evaluate the requirements of skills for rural generalist practice
  6. Appraise the current rural health policy as it relates to scope of practice
  7. Use critical thinking to review literature relevant to (diseases and) medical practices in rural and remote settings in the Australian context
  8. Examine the ethical and standards applicable to rural generalist practice

Subject Content

Module 1: What is generalist practice? ULO 1,4,5
Module 2: Diversity in populations in rural and remote Australia ULO 2,3
Module 3: Models of Care for Generalist practice ULO 2,4,5
Module 4: Using the Library Resources for Research ULO 7
Module 5: Rural Health Policy and its Impact ULO 4,5,6
Module 6: Skills for generalist practice ULO 4,5,8


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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 15 minutes at the end of each module 10 N Individual
Participation Twice weekly throughout the semester 10 N Individual
Presentation 15 minutes 30 N Individual
Literature review 1500 words 50 N Individual

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