Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Kathryn Eastwood


This unit introduces population health, public health and primary health care principles to the analysis of community based emergency health (CBEH). Population health principles are applied to illness prevention and health promotion.
The use of health datasets in population and public health is also discussed. The basis of science, knowledge and evidence is explored along with the principles and use of evidence-based practice in the CBEH setting.
Students are encouraged to develop their capacity for enquiry, research, critical thought, critical appraisal and analysis through the semester. Information technology is used to access and interrogate the multitude of health datasets.


  1. Describe the various practice settings of Community Based Emergency Health.
  2. Outline the essential features of the Australian Healthcare System.
  3. Describe the essential features of population health, contemporary public health,
and primary health care, and relate them to community-based emergency health care.
  1. Describe contemporary health promotion theories in relation to rural and Indigenous health in community based emergency health care settings.
  2. Explain the concepts of science, knowledge and truth, scientific method, research, and evaluation.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the core elements of a scholarly approach to investigations.
  4. Develop the ability to use information technology to access resources relating to community-based emergency health care.
  5. Demonstrate critical appraisal of the literature related to aspects of emergency care practice.
  6. Outline the epidemiological approaches to community based emergency health using examples of contemporary emergency health issues.
  7. Develop an understanding and awareness of inequalities in the community and their impact on health status and for the provision of adequate community-based emergency health services.
  8. Describe the importance of clinical research and the role of the paramedic in research that informs clinical practice.
  9. Outline the principles of evidence-based practice in determining the evidence and transmitting theory to practice in the setting of CBEH.


Examination (2 hour): 40%
Assignment (2000 words): 30%
Literature review (2000 words): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Kathryn Eastwood

Contact hours

6 hours per week involving lectures, tutorials and small group exercises.


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