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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)Professor Frank Archer


This unit is undertaken in two parts. The first explores at an introductory level the 'professional self' and contemporary professional models including principles of ethical practice standards, legal issues and models for helping culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Part two considers the practice context examining the history, milestones and influences on Australian CBEH systems. Frameworks and attributes of effective CBEH systems will be explored together with future directions. Of specific interest will be national and international perspectives. This unit includes student visits to selected components of the emergency health systems.


By the completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. accurately describe contemporary models of professionalism and their application to the role of the paramedic;
  2. explain the essentials of ethical standards in clinical practice, and, relate these standards to the role of the paramedic;
  3. recognise and explain the legal responsibilities of the paramedic;
  4. explore the application of models for helping culturally and linguistically diverse populations to paramedic practice.
  5. outline the history and development of emergency health systems locally, nationally, and internationally;
  6. identify the goals and attributes of an effective CBEH system;
  7. use a contemporary framework of emergency health systems to identify the scope and factors influencing CBEH systems, and use this model to identify the impact of change in these factors on the CBEH systems;
  8. Describe the interrelated roles of the various components of the Australian emergency health system.
  9. understand the role of the various components of the emergency health system through visits to selected agencies.


Group presentation (30%)
Written assignment - 2500 words (40%)
2 x short reports - 1000 words each (15% each)

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Peter Jurkovsky

Contact hours

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


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