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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 Term 2 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Nathan Stam


This unit continues to develop the role of the paramedic as a clinician. It will build on a model of paramedic clinical competence developed in prerequisite units and will provide the context to support the implementation of knowledge and skills necessary for effective patient care.
Students will have the opportunity to practice and develop their clinical skills in the management of patients with acute and chronic health conditions during supervised clinical placements with health services providing specialist services that including obstetric, paediatric and mental health care in hospital and community settings.
Students will also continue to develop skills as a novice paramedic through practice
opportunities in ambulance settings.


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

  1. Evaluate their clinical knowledge and identify clinical learning opportunities
that may improve their ability to communicate with and care for patients across the lifespan.
  1. Perform appropriate paramedic clinical tasks under supervision and display appropriate professional and teamwork behaviours in the health settings associated with this unit.
  2. Apply relevant theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to the care of patients within obstetric, paediatric and mental health specialist health settings.
  3. Work as an effective team member with paramedics and health care professionals to provide appropriate patient care.
  4. Demonstrate a culturally sensitive approach to their own reactions and those of patients and their families to acute illness or injury.
  5. Reflect on their performance in the clinical setting to identify the adequacy of their judgements and the factors influencing clinical decision making.
  6. Describe the operational setting for paramedics across a different service sectors including the interface with related other operational services as well as emergency and primary health care teams within community emergency health settings.


Clinical skills logbook: Pass/Fail
Reflective journal (4000 words): Pass/Fail
Workplace professionalism evaluation: Pass/Fail
Each assessment task is a hurdle (must pass to complete the unit)
The passing grade for this unit will be PGO only.

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Nathan Stam

Contact hours

The equivalent of 4 weeks full time supervised clinical placement - a total of 160 hours. The normal semester period is lengthened so that the essential professional requirement of the supervised clinical practice can be met.




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