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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)Dr Caroline Spencer


This unit investigates specific health, cultural and psycho-social issues within the community. The major aims of the unit are to strengthen paramedic students' community engagement and communication skills within an interprofessional environment.
The student will be provided with a theoretical foundation for inter-professional collaboration in health promotion. Students will apply these by evaluating a specific health, cultural or social support resource within the local community.


  1. Investigate community health promotion models within a community based
practice setting.
  1. Identify the role of paramedics in health promotion in a community setting.
  2. Investigate the effectiveness of the community based programs for participants, partners and providers using a variety of evaluation techniques.
  3. Investigate the social and cultural influences associated with community health and the implementation of a community health program.
  4. Investigate ambulance service responses to the needs of Indigenous communities.
  5. Negotiate a community based project (learning contract) and write appropriate objectives for the learning contract.
  6. Evaluate the community program identified in the learning contract and present a comprehensive report of the effectiveness of the program.


Group learning contract development: (30%)
2000 word individual written report: (40%)
Group presentation: (30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Caroline Spencer

Contact hours

6 hours per week involving lectures, small group exercises and community-based activities.


An overall pass at level 1 of the Bachelor Emergency Health (Paramedic).