Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Community Emergency Health and Paramedics
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2014 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2014 (Day)


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 emergency care to the obstetric patient and the paediatric and neonatal population. The student's previous clinical experience is used as the basis for identifying key differences in the advanced life support measures appropriate to the management of obstetric complications or the pregnant patient who has experienced physical trauma or is suffering from a medical emergency.


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

  1. demonstrate the skills and knowledge to manage obstetric emergencies and care for the pregnant patient who has experienced physical trauma or is suffering from a medical emergency;
  2. relate the pathophysiology of common paediatric conditions to the identification of those with the potential to result in an emergency presentation;
  3. recall the pharmacology of relevant drugs used in the emergency management of the paediatric and obstetric conditions;
  4. demonstrate the clinical skills required to manage paediatric emergencies;
  5. integrate the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to the management of paediatric and neonatal trauma and medical emergencies in 'real time' work simulation using a clinical problem solving and clinical decision making model;
  6. discuss the psychological and physiological responses of children to illness and injury;
  7. identify the common patterns of paediatric and obstetric injury and related emergency management;
  8. discuss the epidemiology of paediatric and obstetric conditions;
  9. describe the ongoing management of patients with emergency obstetric or paediatric conditions;
  10. discuss how community emergency health practitioners might relate to and coordinate with hospital paediatric critical care units and maternity departments;
  11. demonstrate the characteristics of an interactional professional within the context of managing patients with paediatric and obstetric emergencies; and
  12. implement evidence-base practice to the management of emergency paediatric and obstetric 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