Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

POPLPRAC 739 - Urgent Primary Medical Care

15 Points

Semester 1


Assessment and management of a broad range of acute conditions and related issues including: chest pain, dyspnoea, collapse, coma, anaphylaxis, diabetes, toxicology, psychiatry and environmental conditions.

Programme and course advice

Admission to this course requires a basic medical or nursing degree and medical or nursing registration or other health professional qualification approved by course co-ordinator, as well as access to clinical cases.

It may be taken by doctors towards a PG Certificate or PG Diploma a general health sciences programme, or as a Certificate of Proficiency.

Goals of the course

On completion of the course candidates should be able to:

• Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to assess and manage clinical conditions covered in the programme as above

• the theoretical underpinnings and evidence-base for the practice of community emergency medicine

• Demonstrate the necessary skills to access and critically appraise new evidence in this field as it comes available, determine its relevance to their own practice and recognise whether it is practice-confirming or practice-changing new knowledge

• Demonstrate clinical expertise by integrating research evidence with the clinical state and circumstances and other contextual elements of the consultation (such as practitioner and provider values, and social, cultural, legal and policy issues) for best practice.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students should be able to:

• Assess and manage patients who present with urgent and emergency medical needs including cardiovascular, respiratory, neurologic and psychiatric conditions; pain management and adverse drug reactions including overdose

• Assess and manage the sick patient who needs transfer to secondary care

• Identify and initiate the management of lifestyle risk factors and mental health issues which are contributing to the patient’s presentation

• Demonstrate the necessary skills to access and critically appraise evidence in this field and to integrate this evidence with contextual elements of the consultation for best practice

Learning and teaching

The course will be completely taught in a distance-teaching format through course webpage/Canvas, with an electronic copy of an introduction workbook.

There are four assignments which should cover issues of acute management in a Level 2 Accident and Medical facility or equivalent.

Learning Resources

POPLPRAC 739 is delivered as an online web course. There are also online library and other resources available.


  • Assignments x 2: 60%
  • Online Evidence-based topic: 10%
  • Online quiz: 25%
  • Online case discussion: 5%

Course coordinator

Course administrator