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


Mr Craig Taylor



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


The unit establishes an extended scope of practice in the pre-hospital environment where the paramedic explores a range of diseases and conditions and deals with their consequences in out-of-hospital situations. The content of the unit and the practical application of skills will prepare the paramedic for a potential extended care role within a variety of settings in communities and workplaces, locally and internationally.


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

  1. Evaluate a range of local and international disease aetiologies and epidemiologies that impact on a community setting and the role pre-hospital professionals play in addressing these diseases.
  2. Analyse and apply the practices of advanced prescribing practice, health promotion, health assessment, discharge planning and a range of treatment schedules.
  3. Outline the clinical presentations, signs and symptoms and treatments associated with various ailments, diseases and conditions commonly encountered in the community practice setting.
  4. Consider the purpose of pathology collection and testing, including prohibited substance testing, and the common types of pathology testing procedures that the paramedic may perform in a community setting.
  5. Evaluate and apply the general principles of wound closure including the administration of local anaesthesia, assess the types of wounds that may be sealed using suturing techniques and become proficient in the correct procedure for suturing, including pre/post procedure care of the wound.
  6. Assess and apply the management of a range of impact and sporting based injuries within the community care setting.
  7. Assess and apply the management of a range of acute and chronic geriatric and paediatric conditions that arise in the community care setting.
  8. Develop strategies targeted at leadership and education to inform change in models of paramedic practice to meet evolving community needs.


Clinical portfolio (50%)
Final examination (50%)

Workload requirements

The unit is structured around one three-hour lecture and one two-hour practical session each week (Practical sessions: weeks 2 - 11 inclusive). In addition to attending lectures and practical sessions, it is expected that students complete a minimum of 1 hour of personal study per one hour of contact time (approximately 10 hours per week) in order to satisfy the reading and portfolio expectations.

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