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 Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Chris Huggins


This unit develops the role of the paramedic as a clinical leader in the community with the focus on major incidents and disasters. The unit reviews key leadership theories, styles and responsibilities of a leader in a community based emergency health setting. Further the unit will explore disaster planning, response and recovery, and the roles and responsibilities of the paramedic during a major health emergency or humanitarian disaster.


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

  1. Describe approaches to disaster planning at local levels that includes the roles of emergency services and health agencies.
  2. Describe the broader requirements of disaster management, in particular the management of public health issues and logistics management.
  3. Discuss the importance of clinical leadership and clinical governance in community based emergency health system during a major incident or disaster.
  4. Analyse the contemporary structure of a major incident control system in the Australian context, and describe the role of the paramedic in major incidents and disasters.
  5. Describe the theoretical underpinnings and styles of effective leadership within complex organisations and relate this to leadership in disaster or major emergency situations.
  6. Discuss the role of the paramedic in emergency management planning and preparedness in local and international settings.
  7. Analyse the public health and humanitarian issues that may arise from major incidents and disasters.
  8. Discuss and demonstrate principles of adult education as they apply to the implementation of public health interventions during humanitarian disasters.


Written assignment: (3000 words): 50%
Micro teaching session: 50%
Clinical simulation: pass/fail (hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Alyse Miller

Contact hours

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


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