Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Gayle McLelland


This unit continues to develop the role of the paramedic as a clinician by developing knowledge and skills needed to care for birthing women and neonates in the community. The unit will be case based, and will include clinical skills laboratories and simulation to develop essential clinical skills, clinical problem solving and decision making competencies.


  1. Describe models of care associated with maternal services available to the community.
  2. Identify and interpret the evidence supporting the paramedic care of pregnant and childbearing women and their babies.
  3. Describe the clinical manifestations of selected health conditions in pregnant and birthing women that may be encountered by paramedics.
  4. Describe the epidemiology, presentation and management of selected conditions experienced by women who are pregnant or experiencing childbirth.
  5. Demonstrate the paramedic assessment and management of maternal and neonatal health care needs.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate paramedic care of the birthing woman in the community.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate paramedic care of the newborn in the community.
  8. Investigate the care needs of the unplanned birth of a neonate in the community.
  9. Investigate cultural considerations paramedics should observe when caring for pregnant women.


Assignment (2000 words): 50%
Written examination (2 hours): 50%
Objective Structured Clinical Examinations: pass/fail (hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Gayle McLelland

Contact hours

6 hours per week involving lectures, tutorials, simulation and clinical laboratories.