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 First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Peter Jurkovsky


The unit is established under two key themes which address the modern community based emergency health (CBEH) system and the 'professional' paramedic within that system. Modern paramedic practice is a rapidly evolving role and the manner in which the contemporary CBEH system and its practitioners develop in the ensuing years will define the paramedic profession for the next generation.

The unit considers the practical context by examining the history, milestones and influences on Australian and international CBEH systems. Frameworks and attributes of effective CBEH systems will be explored together with future directions.

The definition and the associated extensions of 'professionalism' will be explored in depth while investigating and applying the fundamental features of 'ethical' practice. These foundational principles will also be applied to a number of the most problematic aspects of pre-hospital care such as patient autonomy, consent, refusal of treatment, confidentiality, standards of care and end of life care.


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

  1. accurately describe contemporary models of professionalism and their application to the role of the paramedic;
  2. explain the essentials of ethical standards in clinical practice, and, relate these standards to the role of the paramedic;
  3. recognise and explain the legal responsibilities of the paramedic;
  4. practically apply the appropriate model of professionalism and ethical practice in particular problem based scenarios;
  5. outline the history and development of emergency health systems locally, nationally, and internationally;
  6. identify the goals and attributes of an effective CBEH system;
  7. use a contemporary framework of emergency health systems to identify the scope and factors influencing CBEH systems, and use this model to identify the impact of change in these factors on the CBEH systems;
  8. Describe the interrelated roles of the various components of the Australian emergency health system.


Group presentation -(30%)
Research paper - (40%)
Final Examination -(30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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


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