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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 Second semester 2011 (Day)


This unit is designed to assist students to contextualise the health transport and non-emergency transport sectors and the role these agencies play within a contemporary model of paramedic practice. The unit uses the patient-centred safety framework as a foundation and is designed to assist students to understand the range of practice and clinical pathways available in community based emergency healthcare.


  1. discuss the principles of occupational health and safety in the non-emergency and health transport sector workplace with particular emphasis on safe lifting techniques and principles of standard precautions and other aspects of infection control;
  2. describe the standards of care and essential components of a patient-centred safety framework;
  3. describe the clinical pathways process used to triage individuals to appropriate care pathways and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these processes;
  4. demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients, relatives, co-workers and members of multidisciplinary health care teams;
  5. demonstrate the assessment and management of the patient with minor injury; and
  6. investigate and describe variables within the community, work environment and scope of practice that contribute towards successful delivery of care within the non-emergency ambulance service and health transport sectors.


Written exam (3 hour): 60%
Written assignment (1 x 2000 words): 40%
Essential practical skills: Pass/Fail

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Matt Johnson

Contact hours

1 credit point = 1 hour contact and 1 hour self directed study for one academic semester