Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Summer semester A to Semester one 2012 (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
care to the adult population in the circumstances of common and less common
medical emergencies. The student's previous clinical experience is used as the basis
for identifying key differences in the advanced life support measures appropriate to
these conditions.


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

  1. discuss the anatomical and physiological basis of common emergency medical
  1. recall the pharmacology of relevant drugs used in the emergency management of
adult medical emergency conditions;
  1. relate the pathophysiology of common emergency medical conditions to their
  1. demonstrate the required clinical skills to be able to manage the adult medical
emergencies and recognise, assess and manage patients with abnormal behaviour;
  1. integrate the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to the management of the adult
patient with an emergency medical condition in 'real time' work simulation using a
clinical problem solving and clinical decision making model;
  1. describe the benefits of pre-hospital adult medical emergency life support and the
related role of community emergency health practitioners;
  1. discuss the epidemiology of emergency medical conditions;
  2. describe the ongoing management of patients with common emergency medical
conditions in hospital emergency departments;
  1. discuss how community emergency health practitioners might relate to and coordinate with hospital emergency departments;
  2. demonstrate the characteristics of an interactional professional within the context
of managing patients with emergency medical conditions; and
  1. implement evidence-base practice to management of emergency medical conditions.


Examinations (75%)
Adult Medical Emergency Simulation (25%)
Professional Development (Pass/Fail)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Ingrid Brooks


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