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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)
Peninsula Summer semester A to Semester one 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ingrid Brooks


This unit will cover the theoretical underpinnings required to develop in the student an
appropriate level of knowledge, understanding and skill related to the provision of
trauma care. Trauma care is approached from the contextual perspective of trauma
systems, time critical guidelines and trauma triage criteria. Specific traumatic injuries
are discussed in depth and practice in the related trauma skills is provided.


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

  1. describe the structure of trauma systems and define the related trauma triage criteria;
  2. recall the pharmacology of relevant drugs used in the emergency management of
trauma and environmental conditions
  1. relate the pathophysiology of common traumatic and environmental injuries to their
  1. demonstrate advanced trauma life support clinical skills;
  2. integrate the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to the management of trauma
and environmental emergencies in 'real time' work simulation using a clinical
problem solving and clinical decision making model;
  1. describe the benefits of pre-hospital advanced trauma life support and the related role of community emergency health practitioners;
  2. discuss the epidemiology of trauma and environmental injury;
  3. describe the ongoing management of patients with trauma in hospital critical care
units within the framework of a trauma system;
  1. discuss how community emergency health practitioners might relate to and coordinate with hospital critical care units;
  2. demonstrate the characteristics of an interactional professional within the context
of managing patients with trauma emergencies; and
  1. implement evidence-base practice to management of emergency trauma and
environmental conditions.


Examinations (75%)
Advanced trauma life support simulation (25%)
Professional development assessment (Pass/Fail)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Ingrid Brooks

Contact hours

104 hours comprising lectures, tutorials, practical sessins and clinical scenarios, self-directed learning materials and WebCT, 20 hours supervised hospital clinical practice, 32 hours independent work.


This unit is only available to students sponsored by Ambulance Victoria, and the
Alfred Hospital Emergency and Trauma Centre, or other industry sponsored