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 Summer semester A 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Peter Jurkovsky


This unit continues to develop the role of the paramedic as a clinician. It will build on a model of paramedic clinical competence developed in prerequisite units and will provide the context to support the implementation of knowledge and skills necessary for effective patient care. Students will have the opportunity to practice and develop their clinical skills in the management of patients with acute health conditions through clinical placements with ambulance service providers and other health agencies. The unit will also place an emphasis on the insightfulness that is required to deliver quality patient care through a range of reflective tasks that challenge the student to consider their practice from a variety of alternative perspectives.


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

  1. Evaluate their clinical knowledge and identify clinical learning opportunities that may improve their ability to communicate with and care for patients.
  2. Recognise their role in the community emergency health setting and display appropriate professional and teamwork behaviours.
  3. Perform appropriate paramedic clinical tasks under supervision in the community emergency health setting.
  4. Apply relevant theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to the care of patients within the community emergency health setting.
  5. Work as an effective team member with paramedics and health care professionals to provide appropriate patient care.
  6. Demonstrate a culturally sensitive approach to their own reactions and those of patients and their families to acute illness or injury.
  7. Reflect on their performance in the clinical setting to identify the adequacy of their judgements and the factors influencing clinical decision making.


Clinical placement: 160 hours.


Clinical skills logbook (Pass / Fail)
Reflective case reports (3 x 1,000 words each) (75%)
Discussion forums (5 x meaningful discussion post of at least 200 words each) (25%)

Hurdle: A pass grade must be achieved on all assessment tasks.

Workload requirements

The equivalent of 4 weeks full time supervised clinical placement - a total of 160 hours. The unit is conducted over the 'Summer A' semester so that the essential professional requirement of the supervised clinical practice can be met.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Must have passed one of (BEH1011 or NUR1102) AND must have passed two (BEH2012 and BEH2022)


Must be enrolled in course 3445