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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - 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)
Peninsula Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ingrid Brooks


This preliminary unit will introduce the student to the underpinning pedagogical framework and themes of the Graduate Diploma. To aid familiarisation to a new practice environment, the role requirements and attributes of a MICA Paramedic as an interactive professional within an integrated system of Emergency Medical Services will be explored. Students will also have the opportunity to gain familiarity with their future work environment by participating in work place experience under the guidance of a university appointed MICA paramedic clinical instructor. Students are expected to use this opportunity to build on their understanding of the range of reactions that patients, family, and co-workers in the health system experience in response to sudden illness and injury. Essential underpinning knowledge base will be developed.

This unit will be offered in multimodal form using a combination of lectures, tutorials and self-directed learning materials. WebCT will be used to supplement face-to-face sessions and support on-line discussion groups to facilitate MUCAPS staff and student interaction in informal tutorials.


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

  1. Describe the theoretical models and themes that support the development of a MICA Paramedic as an interactive professional;
  2. Relate the desired personal and professional attributes of a graduate of Monash University and a MICA Paramedic to their own professional practice;
  3. Discuss the importance of MICA Paramedic practice being evidence based;
  4. Discuss the process by which the MICA Paramedic practice and Clinical Practice Guidelines are developed;
  5. Discuss the ethical and professional frameworks within which MICA Paramedics practice;
  6. Describe the required knowledge base and scope of practice of a MICA Paramedic;
  7. Identify the legislative and supportive frameworks that support the role of the MICA Paramedic;
  8. Describe the social significance of health and illness within society;
  9. Identify the reactions of patients and family to acute illness and injury within a range of cultural contexts;
  10. Discuss the historical evolution of the MICA Paramedic within the integrated Emergency Medical Services environment.


Assignment 70%, reflection on personal journal 30%.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Ingrid Brooks


This unit is only available to students sponsored by Ambulance Victoria, or
other industry sponsored students.