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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Brett Williams


This unit introduces fundamental clinical concepts underpinning paramedic practice and
includes a clinical placement that provides a context for paramedic practice. Students
will develop essential analytical, information seeking and communication skills, and will apply these skills in a supervised practice setting. The unit develops basic life support skills and builds understanding of the principles of patient care and transport in the prehospital setting.
Essential clinical skills will be developed in the clinical laboratory prior to a supervised clinical placement with an emergency ambulance service.


  1. describe the essential elements of a contemporary model of paramedic practice;
  2. locate and evaluate the evidence-base that informs the paramedic management
of common health emergencies;
  1. demonstrate the required standard in each of the core clinical skills of clinical
approach, clinical problem solving, clinical decision-making and scene
management at the standard required of a novice practitioner;
  1. demonstrate safe practice that is consistent with principles of occupational health and safety in the workplace with particular emphasis on safe lifting techniques
and principles of standard precautions and infection control;
  1. describe the standards of care and essential components of a patient-centred
safety framework;
  1. demonstrate methods for recognising, avoiding and mitigating dangers at an
incident scene, achieving safe access and egress, and managing the scene to
control risk under supervised routine and emergency situations;
  1. identify sources of potential stress within the work environment and develop
appropriate strategies to minimise and manage these stressors; and
  1. investigate and describe variables within the work environment, scope of
practice, teamwork and community that contribute towards the successful
delivery of care within emergency medical service settings.


Written exam (2 hour): 50%
Written report (2000 words): 25%
Mid-semester test (1 hour): 25%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination: Pass/Fail (Hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Brett Williams

Contact hours

6 hours per week involving lectures, tutorials, simulation, clinical laboratory and small group exercises.


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Emergency Health(Paramedic) or
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health(Paramedic)