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)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dan Cudini


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 conditions;
  2. recall the pharmacology of relevant drugs used in the emergency management of adult medical emergency conditions;
  3. relate the pathophysiology of common emergency medical conditions to their management;
  4. demonstrate the required clinical skills to be able to manage the adult medical emergencies and recognise, assess and manage patients with abnormal behaviour;
  5. 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;
  6. describe the benefits of pre-hospital adult medical emergency life support and the related role of community emergency health practitioners;
  7. discuss the epidemiology of emergency medical conditions;
  8. describe the ongoing management of patients with common emergency medical conditions in hospital emergency departments;
  9. discuss how community emergency health practitioners might relate to and coordinate with hospital emergency departments;
  10. demonstrate the characteristics of an interactional professional within the context of managing patients with emergency medical conditions; and
  11. implement evidence-base practice to management of emergency medical 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