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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Community Emergency Health and Paramedics
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr George Assimakopoulos


This unit builds on the foundation of the paramedic clinician and expands the roles expected of paramedics as clinicians. The unit will utilise a model of paramedic clinical competence as a framework to develop the foundations and skills of clinical approach, clinical problem solving, clinical decision-making, and scene management. The unit will develop scientific knowledge and understanding of selected concepts of disease/injury and require students to integrate this knowledge in the clinical laboratory and simulation settings. The unit uses a patient-centred safety framework as a foundation and is designed to assist students to understand the scope of practice and clinical pathways available in community based emergency healthcare.


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

  1. demonstrate a standardised clinical approach to the assessment and care of patients in the community presenting with an injury/illness;
  2. describe the clinical pathways processes used to triage individuals to appropriate care and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these processes;
  3. locate and evaluate the evidence-base that informs the paramedic management of common health emergencies;
  4. apply scientific knowledge of selected pathophysiological processes to the assessment and care if individuals with acute and chronic health problems;
  5. demonstrate the required standard in each of the core clinical skills of physical examination, clinical decision-making and scene management at the standard required of a novice practitioner;
  6. investigate and describe variables within the work environment, scope of practice, teamwork and community that contribute towards the successful delivery of care within emergency medical service settings;
  7. reflect on their performance in the clinical setting to identify the internal and external factors influencing clinical decision making in an acute health crisis;
  8. demonstrate appropriate professional behaviours and provide peer review within simulated learning environments.


Mid-semester test (1 hour): 20%
Clinical portfolio - Hurdle requirement: 30%
Written exam (2 hour): 50%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (Pass/Fail)

Hurdle requirements: To pass this unit the student must complete the clinical portfolio at the pass grade AND pass the written examination. 80% attendance at tutorials is mandatory to pass this unit.

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Contact hours

1 credit point = 1 hour contact and 1 hour self directed study for one academic semester



Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic)