Docstoc

02.UO-05.MHealSc_OccMed_ - The University of Waikato

Document Sample
02.UO-05.MHealSc_OccMed_ - The University of Waikato Powered By Docstoc
					                                                                  02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)

      UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO PROPOSALS FOR NEW COURSES IN
 AEROMEDICAL RETRIEVAL AND TRANSPORT AND OCCUPATIONAL
                       MEDICINE

Overview for:
01.UO-05.     Master of Aviation Medicine
02.UO-05.     Master of Health Sciences (Occupational Medicine) Postgraduate
              Diploma in Occupational Medicine, Postgraduate Certificate in
              Occupational Medicine.
03.UO-05.     Master of Health Sciences (Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport),
              Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Aeromedical Retrieval
              and Transport), Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science
              (Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport).
04.UO-05.     Postgraduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport,
              Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport
              (Rename)

1. The distance learning programme in aviation medicine has been very strong for a
   number of years and currently there are 45 students enrolled for the aviation
   medicine programme, eight for the aeromedical retrieval and transport course, five
   Masters and three PhD students. We believe that the academic and financial
   viability of the new courses proposed is just as strong as the aviation medicine
   course and the full opportunities for our student market have yet to be fully
   explored. There are four main thrusts to the suite of proposals:

       (a)    Extension of the current Certificate in Aeromedical Evacuation Postgraduate Certificate,
              Diploma and Masters in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport to form a comprehensive
              programme of qualifications in aeromedical retrieval and transport.

       (b)    Extension of aeromedical evacuation courses to flight nurses and allied
              health professionals by offering a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma
              and Masters in Health Sciences endorsed in Aeromedical Retrieval and
              Transport for students who would have otherwise have enrolled for
              the course formally offered by the University of South Australia in
              Adelaide.

       (c)    Offering a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine and a
              Masters in Health Sciences degree endorsed in Occupational Medicine,
              the former to be offered through Harvard Medical School Dubai
              Center.

       (d)    Offering a fully taught coursework Masters in Aviation Medicine
              degree to as an alternative to the current research based Masters in
              Health Sciences (Aviation Medicine).

   There are also some minor administrative changes, such as renaming of the
   current Certificate in Aeromedical Evacuation and the introduction of a
   Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine based on existing AVMX
   papers.

2. The University’s strategic plan is based on a “vigorous commitment to
   internationalisation”. Ref: Internationalisation Management Plan 2003 – 2006,


                                                  1
                                                        02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)

   Research International and Enterprise Division, University of Otago. These
   proposals are consistent with the thrust of the Plan which is to develop
   programmes of recruitment and institutional relationship building outside of South
   East Asia. Our aviation medicine courses are currently offered within mainland
   China and we have been looking at initiatives to extend this further. Developing a
   relationship with Harvard Medical School and establishing a foot print in the
   Middle East and Eastern Europe is consistent with the internationalisation plan.
   The qualifications offered within the aviation medicine distance learning
   programmes have gone a long way to implement the principles for the
   internationalisation of curriculum and delivery enunciated in the
   internationalisation management plan. The proposals are consistent with goals 1,
   2 and 4 of the plan and it is our long term intention to ensure that the growth in
   student numbers would enable us to achieve Goal 5 relating to the promotion of
   international research activity.

3. The attached figure provides a schematic overview of the proposals.




                                           2
                                                 02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)




                        Aviation Medicine


PhD (ART topic)         PhD (Av Med topic)           PhD (Occ Med topic)




 MHealSc (ART)           MHealSc (Av Med)             MHealSc (Occ Med)
 Thesis/Research           Thesis/Research                 Thesis/Research
    Methods               Methods [HASX417]               Methods [HASX417]
   [HASX417]                 Dissertation                    Dissertation
   Dissertation



                   M Av Med
                      8 from AVMX
                    711 716 721
                    712 717 722
                    713 718 723
                    714 719 724
                       715 720




 PGDipHealSc          PGDipART           PGDipAvMed           PGDipOccMed
   (ART)            [AVMX 717-718]       [AVMX 711-714]       [AVMX 715-716]
[AVMX 719-720]        AVMX721              AVMX712              AVMX723
  AVMX717             AVMX722              AVMX713              AVMX724
  AVMX718




PGCertHealSc         PGCert ART          PGCert CAM           PGCertOccMed
   (ART)               AVMX717             AVMX711               AVMX715
  AVMX719              AVMX718             AVMX714               AVMX716
  AVMX720




                                     3
                                                               02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)




                         UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO

                    Proposal for New Qualification
                        or New Major Subject
Name of Division/School/Department
Health Sciences, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Medicine
Health Sciences, Dunedin School of Medicine, Preventive and Social Medicine

Name of New Qualification/Major Subject
Masters Degree in Health Sciences (Endorsed in Occupational Medicine)

Year of Introduction
2006

Section A
Purpose of Proposal
This proposal recommends the introduction of an 80 point Masters in Health Sciences degree
endorsed in Occupational Medicine, based on 4 taught papers from the aviation/occupational
medicine papers AVMX 715, 716, 723 and 724 or INDX 701, INDX 702, INDX 703 and
INDX 704, followed by a thesis or a dissertation plus a research methods paper and another
approved paper. It should be noted that all taught papers will be offered as part of the
programmes for the Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine, a proposed co-
requisite for the Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine the Otago Diploma in Industrial
Health, or the new Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine.

The programme of study would provide research opportunities for graduates from the Otago
DIH or the joint Otago/Harvard DOM, together with graduates of other occupational health
medicine training programmes. It would be of significant benefit to medical practitioners to
have a Masters in Health Sciences programme that supports supervised research of a level
consistent with Fellowship training programmes, and that recognises the clinical nature of
occupational medicine.

Justification
Expressed need of students
There is a need for a specifically tailored international course in Occupational Medicine to be
offered for Otago University which is responsive to the needs of internationals students.
There are no comparable distant learning courses in occupational medicine that are suitable
for the needs of such students who continue to work their own countries and industries.

Need for Occupational Medicine Research
The intention of the programme is to develop research experience and methodologies within
occupational medicine that would promote the conduct of high quality research to provide
support for evidence based health care in occupational medicine.
Existing Higher Level Programmes
The only research-based Masters level course in occupational medicine is currently available
as a full time extramural course in the United Kingdom, at Kings’ College London. This


                                                4
                                                               02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)

provides a supervised research opportunity for students based in any country to pursue a
course of higher level research in occupational medicine in their own locality.

Acceptability
The lack of accessible Masters degree in occupational medicine taught in distance learning
denies access to many individual health professionals worldwide. Introduction of a research
based Masters degree will be acceptable to a wide range of practitioners in occupational
medicine in New Zealand and Australia, as well as internationally.

This is likely to be recognised by the Australasian and UK Faculties of Occupational
Medicine as providing higher medical training in occupational medicine.

Goals of the Programme
The goal of the Masters in Health Sciences, (Occupational Medicine) is to develop a course
that encourages interdisciplinary learning that relates closely to practice in the professional
area of occupational medicine. It is intended that the Masters degree will be used as an
opportunity for health professionals wishing to specialise who require this accredited research
programme as part of a specialist training to undertake a programme of research, in a formally
supervised manner through the Masters in Health Sciences programme.

Graduate Profile
The course will provide students with the following competencies so that they can:
• Understand the basic principles of industries, toxicology, hazard assessment and control,
   clinical measurement, environmental measurement, biostatistics and epidemiology in
   order to be able to practice general occupational medicine.
• Understand the issues associated with a wide range of occupational health and safety
   strategies, including accident prevention, monitoring and surveillance.
• Understand the scientific basis, assessment and management of a wide range of
   occupational health and safety hazards according to their nature (physical, chemical,
   biological psychosocial)
• Understand the workings of industry, including management and trade unions and how
   this impacts on the development and operation of occupational health and safety
   programmes.
• Understand the communications and management aspects of occupational health practice.
• Understand the Occupational Health and Safety hazards associated with a wide range of
   industries.
• Understand research methodologies in occupational health.




                                                5
                                                               02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)


Proposed Regulations
Schedule for the Degree of Master of Health Sciences (endorsed in
Occupational Medicine)
Endorsed Option                                 Papers Required
Degree of Master of Health Sciences             Any five of AVMX 715, 716, 723 and 724, or
(endorsed in Occupational Medicine)             IND 701-703 ; approved research methods
                                                paper(s) such as INDX 704 to the value of 10
                                                points and a dissertation, or any four of
                                                AVMX AVMX 715, 716, 723 and 724, or IND
                                                701-704 ; plus a thesis (where the candidate
                                                has recently completed study into research
                                                methods or is an active researcher).



Proposed Teaching/Delivery Methods
The taught papers for the Masters degree are to be offered through the Distance Teaching
programme and Masters students will join the current papers offered to students on the
Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine for the didactic phase of the degree
programmes. Compact disc electronic multimedia coursebooks will form the core “written”
material based on course text tutorials and selected essential readings. This will be
supplemented by weekly Web based activities through Ocean Browser and Blackboard and
monthly teleconferences throughout the semester. There will be an annual four day
Residential School which will be held in conjunction with the Aviation Medicine course.

Prescriptions for Papers
AVMX 715                          Occupational Medicine 1
First semester                          (0.25 EFTS)                    10 points
The general principles of occupational medicine including: occupational epidemiology;
rehabilitation and resettlement; accidents, hazard control and safety; occupational mental
health; ergonomics and occupational overuse injury; shift work; aviation toxicology; health
hazards of agricultural aviation.

AVMX716                         Occupational Medicine 2
Second semester                          (0.25 EFTS)                       10 points
Occupational noise; lighting and vision; radiation and electrical hazards at work; occupational
lung disorders; occupational allergy, asthma and dermatitis; occupational cancer;
occupational toxicology; occupational hygiene, occupational diving and compressed air at
work.

AVMX 723                     Managing Occupational Medicine
First semester                      (0.25 EFTS)               10 points
Disability assessment; Work place assessments; Communication, consultation and
negotiation; Risk assessment and risk communication; Funding and management of
occupational health; Occupational medicine and the law; Research and medical
informatics in occupational medicine; Setting up and running an occupational
medicine program; Quality assurance in occupational medicine.




                                                6
                                                                 02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)

AVMX 724                          Health and Industry
Second semester                          (0.25 EFTS)                    10 points
Mining; Nuclear power and other radiation work; Agriculture and silvaculture; Chemical
industries; International business; Work in extreme environments and hazardous employment;
Petrochemical industries including oil/gas exploration; Office work, general manufacturing
and technical trades; Environmental health.

INDX701                           Introduction to Occupational Medicine
First semester                            (0.25 EFTS)                    10 points
This paper introduces the role of the occupational physician as a specialist, reviews clinical
skills and introduces the candidate to the workplace. Subjects include the managerial role,
legislation, medico-legal issues and introductory work-place assessment.

INDX702                           Clinical Occupational Medicine
Second semester                           (0.25 EFTS)                       10 points
This paper will revise basic clinical skills, and introduce the specialist clinical skills needed
by the occupational physician in order to diagnose, assess and advise on the management of
disease and injury in relation to work.

INDX703                         Assessment and Control of Occupational Hazards
First semester                           (0.25 EFTS)                     10 points
An introduction to the basic concepts in toxicology and occupational hygiene. This will
enable the candidate to carry out, in the workplace, identification, measurement, assessment
and control of occupational hazards.

INDX704                          Research Methods in Occupational Health
Second semester                          (0.25 EFTS)                      10 points
Study of the special skills in occupational informatics, epidemiology and biostatistics which
will prepare the candidate for a research project, and enable the practitioner to interpret and
evaluate research which affects the practice of occupational medicine.

OCMX7                            Occupational Medicine Thesis
Full year                                (1.0 EFTS)                    40 points
Personal research under direct supervision to an agreed programme and milestones.

OCMX790                          Occupational Medicine Dissertation
Full year                                (0.5 EFTS)                       20 points
The purpose of this paper is to enable students to explore in depth a particular subject in any
fields of aviation and broaden their understanding of the subjects. This will be achieved on
completion of a project of original research and evaluation. Students will be expected to
work under supervision but independently on a research project of their choice.

Assessment Procedures
Each paper will be continuously assessed by the submission of three assignments per paper,
worth a total proportion of 60% of the final mark. An examination at the end of each paper
will have a maximum value of 40%. Participation in teleconferences, Web based and
Residential School activities is compulsory, but is not formally graded.

Resources
Refer to attached resources statement.




                                                 7
                                                             02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)


Predicted Student Numbers
 Year             Student Numbers
 Year 1                   5
 Year 2                  10
 Year 3                  10




Limitation on Student Numbers
We anticipate being able to provide supervision for up to five students in the first year of
thesis or dissertation.

Plans for Monitoring Programme Quality
The MHealSci (Occupational Medicine) is taught by a team of 2 medical academic staff, and
internal peer review is routine in both curriculum development and interactive teaching. The
course team perform continuous quality improvement reviews each semester. The Health
Sciences Board of Graduate Studies provides oversight, advice and governance.

Statement re Section B
Section B has been completed and is available




                                                8
                                                                02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)




                         UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO

                    Proposal for New Qualification
                        or New Major Subject
Name of Division/School/Department
Health Sciences, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences,
Department of Medicine

Name of New Qualification/Major Subject
Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine

Year of Introduction
2007

Section A
Purpose of Proposal
This proposal recommends the introduction of a 40 point Postgraduate Diploma in
Occupational Medicine based on two existing Foundation papers, AVMX 715 Occupational
Medicine 1 and AVMX 716 Occupational Medicine 2, together with two new Advanced
papers AVMX 723 Managing Occupational Medicine and AVMX 724 Health and Industry.

Justification
There is a need for a specifically tailored international course in Occupational Medicine to be
offered for Otago University which is responsive to the needs of international students. There
are no comparable distant learning courses in occupational medicine that are suitable for the
needs of such students who continue to work their own countries and industries.

Acceptability
There are a number of general occupational medicine training programmes worldwide, but
most of these are linked to the training requirements of various registration bodies such as the
Facilities of Occupational Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians in London, Ireland
and Australasia, as well as other Academies in Occupational Medicine elsewhere. A
Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine offered by Otago University is likely to be
recognised by many such Faculties as providing an equivalent level of training to their
existing Fellowship training programmes. A more broadly accessible Diploma in general
Occupational Medicine course not linked to a specialist training programme, would be highly
acceptable for those practitioners where specialist registration in occupational medicine is
neither recognised nor required.




                                                 9
                                                                          02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)


Goals of the Programme
It is intended that the Diploma will be used as an primary qualification for accrediting
medical professionals who work in general occupational medicine as having adequate
scientific training and acquired sufficient skills to work safety as the medical adviser to a
range of industries. The Diploma course covers a broad curriculum of topics related to
occupational medicine based on fundamental scientific principles such as epidemiology,
toxicology, industrial hygiene, hazard assessment and control and risk management.

Graduate Profile
The general purpose of the Diploma is to train medical practitioners to work as occupational
medicine professionals. The course will provide students with the following specific
competencies:
• Understanding the basic principles of industries, toxicology, hazard assessment and
   control, clinical measurement, environmental measurement, biostatistics and
   epidemiology in order to be able to practice general occupational medicine.
• Understanding the issues associated with a wide range of occupational health and safety
   strategies, including accident prevention, monitoring and surveillance.
• Understanding the scientific basis, assessment and management of a wide range of
   occupational health and safety hazards according to their nature (physical, chemical,
   biological psychosocial)
• Understanding the workings of industry, including management and trade unions and
   how this impacts on the development and operation of occupational health and safety
   programmes.
• Understanding the communications and management aspects of occupational health
   practice.
• Understanding the occupational health and safety hazards associated with a wide range of
   industries.

Proposed Regulations
1.      Admission to the Course
        (a)   Admission to the course shall be subject to the approval of the Pro Vice
              Chancellor on the advice of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
        (b)   Every applicant shall:
              (i)      Have been admitted to a degree of a university in New Zealand, or,
              (ii)     Have been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to proceed to the
                       diploma, and
              (iii)    Hold qualifications that would permit registration as a medical
                       practitioner, and
              (iv)     Present evidence that previous training and experience shall fit the
                       applicant to undertake the programme.

2.      Structure of the Course
        (a)      The course shall consist of four papers in Occupational Medicine AVMX 715 Occupational
                 Medicine 1, AVMX 716 Occupational Medicine 2, AVMX 723 Managing Occupational Medicine and
                 AVMX 724 Health and Industry.
        (a)      A candidate may apply to substitute one research paper, AVMX 780 (10 points).
        (b)      Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, a candidate may be granted an
                 exemption for up to two of the prescribed papers on the basis of having completed an
                 appropriate paper or papers at an equivalent level offered by the University of Otago, another
                 university or an approved examining body.
        (c)      A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in
                 Occupational Medicine shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the diploma
                 which have been previously passed for the certificate.

3.      Duration of the Course




                                                       10
                                                                 02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)

        The course will normally be completed in two years part time study and the
        maximum time is five years from commencing study.

4.      Examinations
        A candidate shall be examined in each paper. A candidate who fails an examination
        may, on the recommendation of the examiners, be admitted to a special examination.

5.      Level of Award of the Degree
        The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

6.      Variations
        The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances
        approve a
        course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

Proposed Teaching/Delivery Methods
The Diploma is to be offered through the Otago University Distance Teaching programme
and Foundation paper students may join the current courses offered to students on the
Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine.           Compact Disc electronic multimedia
coursebooks will form the core “written” material based on course text tutorials and selected
essential readings. This will be supplemented by weekly Web based activities through Ocean
Browser, and monthly teleconferences throughout each semester. There will be an annual
four day Residential School which will be held in conjunction with the Aviation Medicine
course, but which in the longer term may be held independently.

Staff are readily accessible to students by email contact at any time. More detailed queries can
be dealt with by facsimile, phone and letter, as well as at the monthly teleconference tutorials.




                                                 11
                                                            02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)


Prescriptions for Papers
AVMX 715              Occupational Medicine 1
First semester                (0.25 EFTS)                                10 points
Occupational epidemiology; Biostatics; Rehabilitation and resettlement; Occupational
accidents; Hazard control and safety; Occupational mental health; manual handling,
ergonomics and occupational overuse injury; shift work; aviation toxicology.

AVMX 716               Occupational Medicine 2
Second semester                (0.25 EFTS)                            10 points
Occupational noise; Lighting and vision; Radiation and electrical hazards at work;
Occupational lung disorders; Occupational allergy; Asthma and dermatitis; Occupational
cancer; Occupational toxicology; Occupational hygiene, occupational diving and compressed
air at work.

AVMX 723                Managing Occupational Medicine
First semester                  (0.25 EFTS)                           10 points
Disability assessment; Work place assessments; Communication, consultation and
negotiation; Risk assessment and risk communication; Funding and management of
occupational health; Occupational medicine and the law; Research and medical informatics in
occupational medicine; Setting up and running an occupational medicine program; Quality
assurance in occupational medicine.

AVMX 724                  Health and Industry
Second semester                   (0.25 EFTS)                           10 points
Mining; Nuclear power and other radiation work; Agriculture and silvaculture; Chemical
industries; International business; Work in extreme environments and hazardous employment;
Petrochemical industries including oil/gas exploration; Office work, general manufacturing
and technical trades; Environmental health.

Assessment Procedures
Each paper will be continuously assessed by the submission of three assignments per paper,
worth a total proportion of 60% of the final mark. An examination at the end of each paper
will have a maximum value of 40%. Participation in teleconferences, Web based and
Residential School activities is compulsory, but is not formally graded.

Resources
Refer to attached resources statement.

Predicted Student Numbers
 Year             Student Numbers
 Year 1                  10
                   Foundation only
 Year 2                  20
                     Foundation &
                      Advanced
 Year 3                  20
                     Foundation &
                      Advanced




                                              12
                                                             02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)


Limitation on Student Numbers
There are no limitations to student numbers.

Plans for Monitoring Programme Quality
The Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine will be is taught by a team of medical
academic staff, and internal peer review is routine in both curriculum development and
interactive teaching. A Board of Studies will provide oversight, advice and governance.
External peer review is proposed for the Diploma course and will enable a review of the
Certificate as part of the larger review. The course team perform continuous quality
improvement reviews each semester.

AVMX715 and AVMX 716 have been taught regularly for 12 years; course content and
delivery is mature and refined. New materials will be peer reviewed before integration into
the advanced papers.

Statement re Section B
Section B has been prepared and will be made available to CUAP on request.




                                               13
                                                                02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)




                         UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
                    Proposal for New Qualification
                      or New Major Subject
Name of Division/School/Department
Health Sciences, Wellington School of Medicine, Department of Medicine

Name of New Qualification/Major Subject
Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine

Year of Introduction
2006

Section A
Purpose of Proposal
This proposal recommends the introduction of a 20 point Postgraduate Certificate in
Occupational Medicine based on two existing papers currently offered as options for the
Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine, AVMX 715 Occupational Medicine 1 and
AVMX 716 Occupational Medicine 2. The Certificate will become a pre- or co-requisite for
the Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine as a result of restructuring the Diploma as a
two year course to clarify Regulation 2d for the Diploma. Regulation 2d currently provides
for students completing the Diploma to also be awarded an appropriate Certificate derived
from papers completed for the Diploma.

Justification
It is proposed that the current curriculum for the Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine,
(which is streamed into occupational medicine and aeromedical evacuation specialist streams)
be broken down into a 2 year Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine plus a pre- or co-
requisite one year Certificate. This is implicit in Regulation 2d of the current Regulations for
the DipAvMed, but the co-requisites are incorrect in their current form. The Postgraduate
Diploma in Aviation Medicine course would then comprise the existing four core papers for
the Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine AVMX 711 to AVMX 714. To this would be
added a requirement for a pre- or co-requisite of either Postgraduate Certificate in
Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (previously the Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical
Evacuation) or the proposed Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine recommended
in this proposal. The ability to cross credit papers from Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation
Medicine to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine would be
removed.




                                                14
                                                                02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)

This will also provide an opportunity for Diploma students who have completed the general
occupational medicine papers AVMX 715 and AVMX 716 to have an exit qualification, if
they do not wish to continue their studies. Students who complete the two general
occupational medicine papers and discontinue their enrolment would welcome the
opportunity to be provided with an exit qualification, as recommended by the Health Sciences
Board of Studies.

Acceptability
The associated proposal for a reduction in the duration of Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation
Medicine to two years in line with other Diploma courses was recommended by the
Articulation Committee. The curriculum nonetheless requires a pre- or co-requisite
Certificate course to be completed, to ensure that all core competencies are covered for those
who are to meet the graduate profile. Given the intrinsic professional nature of aviation
medicine practice, additional competencies required by graduates are either in general
occupational medicine or aeromedical retrieval and transportation. The restructuring of the
Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine course requires, in addition to the core aviation
medicine papers, additionally either a one year Certificate (in either Occupational Medicine or
Aeromedical Retrieval Transportation depending on which papers are undertaken). This
addition to the Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine is likely to be much more
acceptable to students.

Goals of the Programme
It is intended that the Certificate may be used as an primary qualification for accrediting
medical professionals who work in general occupational medicine as having adequate
scientific training and acquired sufficient skills to work safely as the medical adviser in a
range of industries. The Certificate course covers a broad curriculum of topics related to
occupational medicine based on fundamental scientific principles such as epidemiology,
toxicology, industrial hygiene, hazard assessment and control, and risk management.

Graduate Profile
The course will require the following competencies:
• Understand the basic principles of industries, toxicology, hazard assessment and
   control, clinical measurement, environmental measurement, biostatistics and
   epidemiology, in order to be able to practice general occupational medicine.
• Understand the issues associated with a wide range of occupational health and safety
   strategies, including accident prevention, monitoring and surveillance.
• Understand the scientific basis, assessment and management of a wide range of
   occupational health and safety hazards according to their nature (physical, chemical,
   biological and psychosocial).

Proposed Regulations
3.       Admission to the Course
         (c)     Admission to the course shall be subject to the approval of the Pro Vice
                 Chancellor on the advice of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
         (d)     Every applicant shall:
(v)      Have been admitted to a degree of a university in New Zealand, or,
(vi)     Have been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to proceed to the diploma, and
(vii)    Hold qualifications that would permit registration as a medical practitioner, and
(viii)   Present evidence that previous training and experience shall fit the applicant to
         undertake the programme.



4.       Structure of the Course


                                                15
                                                                             02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)

     The course shall consist of two papers in general occupational medicine, AVMX 715 Occupational Medicine 1 and
     AVMX 716 Occupational Medicine 2.



5.       Duration of the Course
         The minimum time in which a candidate may complete the Certificate is one year of
         half-time study, and the maximum time is three years from commencing study.

6.       Examinations
     A candidate shall be examined in each paper. A candidate who fails an examination may, on the
     recommendation of the examiners, be admitted to a special examination.



Proposed Teaching/Delivery Methods
The prescribed papers AVMX 715 and 716 for the Certificate in Occupational Medicine will
be offered only in conjunction with the needs of the Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation
Medicine and the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine, and may not be offered
every year.

The Certificate is to be offered through the Distance Teaching programme and Certificate
students will join the current papers offered to students on the Postgraduate Diploma in
Aviation Medicine. Compact disc electronic multimedia coursebooks will form the core
“written” material based on course text tutorials and selected essential readings. This will be
supplemented by weekly Web based activities through Course Info and monthly
teleconferences each semester. There will be an annual four day Residential School which
will be held in conjunction with the Aviation Medicine course.

Staff are readily accessible to students by email contact at any time. More detailed queries can
be dealt with by facsimile, phone and letter, as well as at the monthly teleconference tutorials.




                                                          16
                                                            02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)


Prescriptions for Papers
AVMX 715                      Occupational Medicine 1
First semester                         (0.25 EFTS)                       10 points
Occupational epidemiology; Biostatics; Rehabilitation and resettlement; Occupational
accidents; Hazard control and safety; Occupational mental health; manual handling,
ergonomics and occupational overuse injury; shift work; aviation toxicology.

AVMX 716                       Occupational Medicine 2
Second semester                       (0.25 EFTS)                     10 points
Occupational noise; Lighting and vision; Radiation and electrical hazards at work;
Occupational lung disorders; Occupational allergy; Asthma and dermatitis; Occupational
cancer; Occupational toxicology; Occupational hygiene; occupational diving and compressed
air at work.

Assessment Procedures
Each paper will be continuously assessed by the submission of three assignments per paper,
worth a total proportion of 60% of the final mark. An examination at the end of each paper
will have a maximum value of 40%. Participation in teleconferences, Web based and
Residential School activities is compulsory, but is not formally graded.

Resources
There are no resource implications from this proposal, as the papers prescribed for the
Certificate are already offered for the Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine.

Predicted Student Numbers
 Year             Student Numbers
 Year 1                  20
 Year 2                  20
 Year 3                  20


Limitation on Student Numbers
There are no limitations to student numbers.

Plans for Monitoring Programme Quality
The Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine is taught by a team of 2 medical
academic staff, and internal peer review is routine in both curriculum development and
interactive teaching. A Board of Studies provides oversight, advice and governance.
External peer review is proposed for the Diploma course and will enable a review of the
Certificate as part of the larger review. The course team perform continuous quality
improvement reviews each semester.

Statement re Section B
Section B has not been completed for this proposal, as there are no requirements for new
papers to be offered as a consequence of the change.




                                               17
                                                    02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)




10 August 2005.

Dr Robin Griffiths,
Department of Preventive Medicine,
Wellington School of Medicine,
University of Otago.


Dear Rob,

Thank you for providing information about the Diploma in Occupational
Medicine, and Masters degrees in Aviation Medicine and Occupational
Medicine that you are planning to make available through the University of
Otago.

The New Zealand Regional Committee of the Australasian Faculty of
Occupational Medicine cannot endorse or recommend specific courses.
However, based on the information provided, the proposed courses should
meet the requirements and demands for experienced medical practitioners in
aviation medicine in Australasia who are looking for higher recognised
academic achievement and qualifications.


Thus I would welcome the development and availability of this course through
an academic unit with a well-established reputation within the international
aviation community.


Yours sincerely,




Dr Tim Sprott
MBChB DAvMed FAFOM
NZ Regional Chair
Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine




                                       18
     02.UO-05.MHealSc(OccMed)




19

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:7
posted:8/25/2012
language:Unknown
pages:19