Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice


Paul Toll



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit develops the role of the paramedic as a clinical leader in the community with the focus on major incidents and disasters. The unit explores disaster planning, response and recovery, and the roles and responsibilities of the paramedic when managing multiple patients or a complex setting, during a major health emergency or during a humanitarian disaster.


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

  1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of paramedics, emergency services and other health agencies in relation to a multi-casualty or major incident.
  2. Compare and contrast the management of major incident in a rural, remote or complex setting compared to the urban environment.
  3. Describe the broader requirements of paramedics, emergency services and other health agencies during disaster management, in particular the management of public health issues and logistics management.
  4. Describe the importance of clinical leadership and clinical governance in community based emergency health system during a major incident or disaster and the requirement of an integrated approach to a major incident.
  5. Analyse the contemporary structure of a major incident control system in the Australian context, and describe the role of the paramedic in major incidents and disasters, particularly compared to normal operations.
  6. Outline the role of the paramedic in emergency management planning and preparedness in local and international settings.
  7. Analyse the public health and humanitarian issues that may arise from major incidents and disasters.
  8. Demonstrate effective logistical management, patient triage or participation in a response team during a simulated mass-casualty situation or major incident.


Written assignment (2,000 words) (40%)
Clinical worksheets (20%)
Final examination (2 hours) (40%)
Major incident simulation (Pass / Fail) (Hurdle)

Hurdle requirement: 80% attendance at tutorials and clinical simulations is mandatory to pass this unit.

Workload requirements

6 hours per week involving lectures, tutorials 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 Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) or the Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice stream in Bachelor of Health Sciences.