Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Jaime Wallis


This unit explores the foundation of the paramedic clinician and introduces 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, and clinical decision-making. The essential clinical skills will be developed in the clinical laboratory and simulation settings. A satisfactory level in all these essential clinical skills will be required before students can proceed with their course. The context of paramedic clinical practice will be provided by supervised clinical experience with emergency ambulance services.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a standardised clinical approach to the assessment and care of patients in the community.
  2. Identify and describe communication theories that are relevant to paramedic practice.
  3. Identify barriers to effective communication and patient assessment that are relevant to paramedic practice.
  4. Examine professional and teamwork behaviours pertinent to paramedic practice.
  5. Develop the ability to reflect and evaluate individual performance in the clinical setting.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviours and develop the ability to provide constructive peer feedback within the simulated learning environment.
  7. Discuss and demonstrate the appropriate and safe use of manual handling practices and equipment whilst caring for patients.


Mid-semester test (1 hour) (20%)
Clinical portfolio (30%) (Hurdle)
Written exam (2 hours) (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 AND pass the Objective Structured Clinical Examination. 80% attendance at tutorials is mandatory to pass this unit.

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Must be enrolled in course 3445.