Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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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


Terry-Ann Davies



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit examines the current and evolving role of the paramedic within communities both locally and international with a specific focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of health communication. In addition to this, an understanding of paramedic specific legal, ethical and professional requirements will be explored. The importance of self-care and wellness for paramedics, who work in a very dynamic field and have to be able to deal with adverse and often potentially dangerous situations, will be addressed.

Using a combination of lectures, case-based learning, fieldwork and simulation, students will focus primarily on theoretical approaches that examine communication and communication practice in contemporary society. Clinical scenarios will be utilised to study potential communication, legal and cultural considerations that can be observed in the pre-hospital setting.

Finally, applying the theoretical bases, students will develop essential clinical interview skills and apply them appropriately to various situations. Students will integrate these skills into a clinical problem solving and decision-making model to accurately and safely assess and manage common health emergencies.


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

  1. Identify and use professional language and behaviours appropriate for a paramedic in the pre-hospital setting.
  2. Describe legal, ethical and professional issues as they relate to paramedic practice.
  3. Explain the barriers to effective communication within paramedic practice and how these can impact on patient care.
  4. Identify models of communication and apply these to patient-centred interviews.
  5. Contrast the diverse pre-hospital needs of different community groups.
  6. Recognise the importance of wellbeing and self care for paramedics.


Students will be required to complete 4 placement days within a local aged care or community facility.


Communication & professionalism self-reflection (1,200 words / 300 words per placement) (20%)
Case study: Exploring ethical, communication & cultural issues (2,500 words) (30%)
Values exchange: Ethical dilemma in paramedic practice (10%)
End of semester examination (40%)
Practical examination: Patient centred interview & communication (Pass / Fail) (Hurdle)
Community placement (32 hours) (Pass / Fail) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

On-campus: 6 hours per week involving lectures, workshops, fieldwork, tutorials, simulation, and small group exercises. An additional 6 hours of private study is required.

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Emergency health - paramedic practice


Must be enrolled in course code 3445 or M20021