Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice


Dr Malcolm Boyle



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit continues to develop the role of the paramedic as a clinician by extending clinical examination and decision making skills that were introduced in previous clinical units. The unit explores commonly encountered acute and chronic health emergencies, with a focus on pain management. Using a combination of case-based learning, clinical laboratory work and simulation, this unit will develop the essential clinical skills, clinical problem solving and decision-making competencies in managing common health emergencies.


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

  1. Describe the epidemiology, population health, and pathology related to acute and chronic emergency medical conditions commonly encountered in paramedic practice;
  2. Describe the clinical manifestations of the selected medical conditions commonly encountered in paramedic practice;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to the assessment and management of patients with selected acute and chronic medical emergencies across the lifespan;
  4. Relate the pharmacology of drugs and fluids used by paramedics in the management of common medical conditions, including drug indications and actions.


Mid-semester examination (1 hour) (40%)
Written examination (2 hours) (60%)
Scenario-based clinical examination (30 minutes) (Pass / Fail)

Workload requirements

6 hours per week involving lectures and simulation.

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Chief examiner(s)



Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) / Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic).