Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - 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
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2013 (Flexible)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2013 (Flexible)
Alfred Hospital Summer semester A 2013 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Matt Johnson


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 trauma care. Trauma care is approached from the contextual perspective of trauma systems, time critical guidelines and trauma triage criteria. Specific traumatic injuries are discussed in depth and practice in the related trauma skills is provided.


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

  1. describe the structure of trauma systems and define the related trauma triage criteria;
  2. recall the pharmacology of relevant drugs used in the emergency management of trauma and environmental conditions
  3. relate the pathophysiology of common traumatic and environmental injuries to their management;
  4. demonstrate advanced trauma life support clinical skills;
  5. integrate the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to the management of trauma and environmental emergencies in 'real time' work simulation using a clinical problem solving and clinical decision making model;
  6. describe the benefits of pre-hospital advanced trauma life support and the related role of community emergency health practitioners;
  7. discuss the epidemiology of trauma and environmental injury;
  8. describe the ongoing management of patients with trauma in hospital critical care units within the framework of a trauma system;
  9. discuss how community emergency health practitioners might relate to and coordinate with hospital critical care units;
  10. demonstrate the characteristics of an interactional professional within the context of managing patients with trauma emergencies;
  11. implement evidence-base practice to management of emergency trauma and environmental conditions.


Examination: 50%
Portfolio(5,000 word equivalent): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students will be expected to complete at least 6 hours of internet learning or and a minimum of 6 hours of private study and self-directed learning per week. If completed on-campus sessions, students will be expected to attend the equivalent of 6 hours of lectures, seminars and tutorials per week and complete a minimum of 6 hours of self-directed learning.


Must be enrolled in Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate of Emergency Health