Advanced Diploma in Emergency Medicine


Program Description

The Advanced Diploma in Emergency Medicine is a two-year flexible learning program that is designed for health extension officers, nurses and doctors who wish to enrich their working knowledge and skills in order to become highly successful health workers in the service of their country in the diagnosis stabilization, treatments and or referral of patients.
It prepares participants competencies to manage a range of emergency medical situations that may occur in Papua New Guinea.

The program covers the management of trauma, and pediatric emergencies, medical emergencies, obstetrics, gynecology and psychiatric emergencies/ One-week intensive residential programs begin each semester, followed by studies and practical activities in distance education mode.

Study Mode and Location

Part time (block mode) on Campus, Divine Word University, Madang

Requisites to complete the award

Achievement of 80 credit points.

Entry Requirement

Applicants are required to be employed, have completed a minimum of a Diploma in General Nursing or Health Extension and must be recommended by a sponsoring organization. Enquiries and application should be made by contacting the Enrolment Officer, Flexible Learning Center, DWU Madang.

Units Offered

Semester One

HE 421A  Management of Trauma   

HE 421B Workplace Management of Trauma project 
HE 422A Management of Pediatric Emergencies

HE 422B Workplace Management of Pediatric Emergencies

HE 423A Management of Medical Emergencies

HE 423B Workplace Management of Medical Emergencies

HE 424A Obstetrics and Gynecology & Psychiatric Emergencies

HE 424B Workplace Obstetrics & Gynecology Emergency project

Program Unit Descriptions

HE 421A

HE 421A Management of Trauma  -10 Credit Points

The management of trauma introduces a systematic, internationally recognized approach to the assessment and treatment of injured patients. It includes the primary trauma care course with an emphasis on basic life saving trauma care with minimal resources. Morbidity and mortality from trauma due to industrial, road or natural disasters can be reduced with early and effective intervention. Lectures and practical skill stations provide basic knowledge and the opportunity to put the theory into practice via simulated scenarios. Participants consider issues of personal safety, injury prevention, domestic violence, workplace organization, disaster planning and patient transfer.

HE 421B

HE 421B Workplace Management of Trauma Project - 10 Credit Points

A written project done during the semester and handed in for marking is to include ten trauma case studies, an injury prevention project, statistical analysis of trauma presentations in the work place, and the development of local emergency resource information.

HE 422A

HE 422A Management of Pediatric Emergencies -10 Credit Points

Management of Paediatric Emergencies includes the three day Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment (ETAT) course published by WHO in 2005. This introduces a systematic ‘ABCD’ approach to recognizing and managing severely ill children regardless of the specific diagnosis. The course material is detailed in the WHO Handbook ‘Hospital care for Children’ and is an expansion of the IMCI (Immediate management of childhood illness) that is used widely in PNG. The IMCI steps are reviewed in the course. Additional material includes management of common conditions such as asthma and snakebite, child and neonatal resuscitation, transport issues and child abuse.

HE 422B

HE 422B Workplace Management of Pediatric Emergencies -  10 Credit Points

Workplace activities may include five written case presentations, implementation of an ETAT description of current triage system, collection of statistics from the work place (death rate under 5 and deaths within 24 hours of hospital admission); how ETAT can be implemented in your work place; and Internet based research of any paediatric related topic using recommended resources (WHO Child and Adolescent Health, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Clinical guidelines etc.).

HE 423A

HE 423A Management of Medical Emergencies  -  10 Credit Points

This unit on the management of medical emergencies reinforces a systematic approach to the sick adult based on similar principles to the trauma and paediatric units HE421 and HE422.

HE 423B

HE 423B Workplace Management of Medical Emergencies -  10 Credit Points

Students undertake a written project during the semester comprised of five case studies of emergency cases, with 200 – 300 words per case on the presenting illness. An algorithm for basic and advanced life support, modelled on the algorithms issued in the course (2006 Australian resuscitation guidelines) is to be produced in poster form and displayed at the place of work for all staff members at the students place of work in the resuscitation area close to the defibrillator. A copy of the guideline, with pictures demonstrating arrest rhythm is to be handed in for review.

HE 424A

HE 424A Obstetrics and Gynecology & Psychiatric Emergencies -  10Credit Points

Students gain confidence in their ability to anticipate, assess and manage obstetric and gynecological emergencies, and identify the need to transfer patients to centres of definitive care. The psychiatric component will focus on the emergency management of the violent or agitated patient including drug and alcohol related psychosis as well as schizophrenia, other mental illness and organic psychosis. The concept of risk stratification and management of self-harm and suicide will be explored.

HE 422B

HE 424B Workplace Obstetrics and Gynecology Emergency Project  -  10 Credit Points

This practical component is competency based and governed by specific procedures verified under supervision. A written project is to be done during the semester and handed in for marking to complement the practical attachment, e.g. case study, retrospective study based on data available, or prospective study on a specific topic of interest.