Overview of planning and preparation for activities including expeditions in wilderness environments. This includes medical problems associated with these environments and providing medical care in the outdoors.
The Wilderness Medicine paper is designed to provide participants with planning and preparation for activities in the wilderness environment, both within New Zealand and overseas. It will address medical problems associated with the wilderness environment and the special considerations of providing medical care in an outdoor environment, including risk assessment and resource management. Topics covered include the environment and its impact on human physiology (extremes of heat, cold, altitude, water/underwater and subterranean environments), wilderness activities and associated injuries, medical care in the wilderness, plant- and animal-related injuries and expedition medicine. The paper is suitable for any health professional whose leisure activities or work takes them into the outdoors.
|Paper title||Wilderness and Expedition Medicine|
|Subject||Primary Health Care|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,746.50|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$9,490.00|
- Limited to
- PGCertPHC, PGCertTravMed, PGDipGP, PGDipPHC, PGDipRPHP, PGDipTravMed, MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
- Includes residential period/s.
- Suitable to health professionals from a range of disciplines.
Enrolments for this paper are limited, and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.
- More information link
- View further information on Postgraduate Study in Primary Health Care
- Teaching staff
- Convenor: Dr Jenny Visser
- Paper Structure
- Elective paper for: Postgraduate
Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed), Postgraduate
Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC), Postgraduate
Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC)
Material is presented in self-directed learning modules covering the following topics:
- Extremes of heat and cold
- The high-altitude environment
- The water, underwater and subterranean environments
- Wilderness injuries and trauma
- Wilderness medical care and emergencies
- Special populations in the wilderness
- Plant- and animal-related injuries
- Expedition medicine
- Teaching Arrangements
- One compulsory residential conference at Hillary Outdoors. Other teaching via Blackboard
and Zoom videoconferencing.
Residential date for 2018:
Friday 19 - Monday 22 October (Labour Weekend)
Study Skills support is provided through automatic enrolment in the no-charge Study Skills Blackboard GENA700, which contains resources and technology support and is accompanied by monthly Zoom Study Skills videoconferences.
- There is no required textbook for this paper. All resources available either via Blackboard or other online resources.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Please also refer to the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice Graduate Profile.
- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper should
- Have an understanding of the principles of and experience in triaging casualties and resource management in a wilderness setting
- Have an understanding of (and practical experience in) the importance of working in interprofessional teams in a wilderness setting
- Have an understanding of the basic principles of Wilderness Medicine, what makes it unique and what the subject encompasses.
- Have an understanding of the epidemiology of wilderness injury and illness
- Have an understanding of the principles of personal safety, patient assessment, immobilisation, stabilisation and preparation for evacuation in an outdoor environment
- Have an understanding of the physiological impact that heat and cold has on the human body and the common illnesses and injuries associated with this
- Have an understanding of the physiological impact that high altitude has on the human and the prevention and treatment of altitude-related illness and injury
- Have an understanding of the physiological impact that the water/underwater environment has on the human body and the common illnesses and injuries associated with this
- Be able to advise high-risk travellers (including children, pregnant women and the elderly) on wilderness travel
- Have an understanding of the risks, prevention and management of wilderness poisonings, envenomation and wild animal attacks
- Be able to advise on the prevention and management of wilderness water-borne illness and water disinfection options
- Be able to advise on prevention and treatment of wilderness arthropod- and tick-borne diseases
- Be able to advise potential expedition members on all aspects of health risks, their prevention and management