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PAR4306 - MICA paramedic in an integrated emergency medical system

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Andrea Wyatt


Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit introduces the themes that underpin the professional role of the MICA Paramedic. The first examines the importance of teamwork and integration within the health system. A second theme explores the multiple components of a successful emergency response, with emphasis on how the MICA Paramedic contributes to the operation of a succesful health care system. A third theme will address the current and future role of the MICA Paramedic through a discussion of the impact of changes in the delivery of health care and related health issues.


By the completion of this unit the student should have/be able to:

  1. An awareness of possible future trends in the delivery of pre-hospital services and the impact on the role fo the professional MICA paramedic.
  2. Understand the application of evidence-based practice to the structure and operations of emergency medical systems.
  3. Discuss the range of circumstances in which MICA may be used for inter-hospital transfers or retrievals and the responsibilities and role requirements of the MICA Paramedic during such cases;
  4. Discuss the influences of a changing health care environment and population on the role of the MICA Paramedic.
  5. Discuss the concept of ambulance based advanced life support systems, together with the role of a MICA Paramedic as an interdependent team member wihin an integrated emergency medical system;
  6. Describe the clinical basis of the Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch System (AMPDS) and the Communications Centre processes;
  7. Relate the contemporary issues and influences of emergency medical service systems to the role of the MICA Paramedic.


Position statements 60%, assignment 40%

Contact hours

114 hours comprising lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning materials and WebCT; and 42 hours including reading, research and preparation of assessments