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This subject will provide essential skills and knowledge for recognising and responding to specific terror events and their corresponding clinical and health service management.
Students will learn to apply relevant frameworks for evaluating terror events. They will practise planning and applying management strategies to authentic scenarios and simulations, developing problem solving and communication skills relevant to extreme conditions and crisis situations.
Topics covered will include:
- Characteristics of terrorism and a typology of terror attacks and perpetrators
- Organisational aspects of terror medicine including preparing for a terror-related surge
- Injuries associated with specific attacks
- Managing multiple casualty incidents
- Emergency field and hospital processes during and following a terror event including resilience and recovery
- Broader community responses to terror events at state and national levels involving different agencies, including military responses.
Teaching/learning formats include:
- Online modules
- Discussion boards
- Required readings
- Case studies
- Written assignments
- 2-day intensive workshop including simulation activities, guest speakers
- The informal exchange of insights and experiences among participants is a key aspect of learning.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Identify a typology of terror attacks and perpetrators of terrorism and apply to various scenarios;
- Analyse the factors that underpin level of organisational response for a terror‐related surge of casualties;
- Devise methods to address the complex physical and psychological factors involved in after care and recovery post event;
- Develop creative and flexible problem‐solving and communication skills as they relate to extreme conditions, crisis situations, limited resources, and a range of often dangerous environments;
- Evaluate models of preparedness for different types of terror events e.g.'lone wolf', shootings, bombings, chemical and biological attacks; and
- Critically assess the clinical and health service risk and impact of terror events.
- The capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation
- Critical thinking and analytical skills
- An openness to new ideas
- The ability to communicate scientific knowledge through oral, written and web-based media
- The ability to apply knowledge and implement clinical and health service responses for different types of terror events during all the phases of the disaster management cycle
Last updated: 10 November 2023