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 Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Jaime Wallis


This unit builds on the foundation of the paramedic clinician and expands 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, clinical decision-making, and scene management. The unit will develop scientific knowledge and understanding of selected concepts of disease/injury and require students to integrate this knowledge in the clinical laboratory and simulation settings. The unit uses a patient-centred safety focus and is designed to assist students to understand the scope of practice and clinical pathways available in community based emergency healthcare.


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

  1. Demonstrate and enhance the standardised clinical approach and assessment to patients in the community.
  2. Demonstrate the required standard in each of the core clinical skills of a physical examination in the pre-hospital setting.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to appropriately manage the unconscious patient and devise an appropriate clinical management plan for that individual.
  4. Identify the need for a thorough clinical assessment and examine triage pathways for specific patient presentation in the pre-hospital setting.
  5. Explore and identify the impact of evidence based practice that informs paramedic practice.
  6. Identify and describe facets of the pre-hospital work environment that can impact on the delivery of care to a patient and ambulance paramedics.


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. 80% attendance at tutorials is mandatory to pass this unit.

Workload requirements

6 hours per week involving lectures, tutorials, simulation, practical 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.