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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

9 points, SCA Band 2, 0.1875 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)
Coordinator(s)Mr Bill Lord


This unit continues to develop the role of the paramedic as a clinician by extending
clinical examination and decision making skills that were introduced in previous clinical units.
The unit addresses injury and injury prevention across the lifespan, with specific reference to commonly encountered acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, injury associated with environmental exposure, and poisoning.
The unit will be case based, and will include clinical skills laboratories and simulation to develop essential clinical skills, clinical problem solving and decision making competencies. The scope of the unit includes developing the skills needed to provide general health care as well as care at an advanced life support level.


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

  1. Describe the epidemiology, population health, natural history, and pathology related to injuries and environmental conditions commonly encountered in paramedic practice.
  2. Describe criteria used to identify major trauma and demonstrate the application of pre-hospital trauma triage guidelines.
  3. Identify and evaluate evidence that informs paramedic clinical practice guidelines used to care for patients with injury and environmental conditions.
  4. Describe the clinical highlights in the management of selected trauma and environmental conditions commonly encountered in paramedic practice.
  5. Relate the pharmacology of drugs used by paramedics for the management of injury or environmental conditions to drug indications and actions.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to integrate the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to the assessment and management of patients with injury and environmental conditions in real time simulation including clinical problem solving and clinical decision taking, professionalism, safety, documentation, communication and teamwork.
  7. Demonstrate the management of patients, their carers and bystanders in situations of acute injury and environmental events in a sociological and culturally sensitive context.
  8. Describe the special features and trends in the Australian health system relating to prevention and management of injury, and describe the benefits of communitybased emergency health and the related role of the Paramedic and other emergency and primary health care team members in injury prevention.


Written examination (3 hour): 45%
Written assignment (3000 words): 40%
Mid-semester test (1 hour): 15%
Case simulation (30 minutes): pass/fail (hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Bill Lord

Contact hours

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




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