Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice


Dr Tim Gray


Alfred Hospital

  • Summer semester A 2016 (Online)


Aeromedicine and retrieval work is a multi-disciplinary process to ensure the best outcomes for patient care. This Unit will explore the essentials of professionalism, critical thinking, problem solving, planning, peer review and reflective practices that are essential to health professionals operating in a context of constrained resources, and who, after graduation, may practice on fixed and rotary wing aircraft.


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

  1. Articulate and effectively demonstrate the principles of practice that constitute professional behaviour.
  2. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to any given situation.
  3. Demonstrate advanced communication skills in a range of operational circumstances.
  4. Apply effective and professional leadership skills in complex, stressed and/or time-critical environments both in the team environment or working independently.
  5. Engage effectively and cooperatively with a comprehensive range of co-professional agencies.
  6. Integrate effective reflective practice, peer review and other methods of evaluation for the purpose of continued personal and professional growth.
  7. Critically analyse research reports in order to evaluate the evidence and make decisions to implement critical care based on the best available evidence.
  8. Interact with contemporary forms of technology within the operational context.
  9. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the agencies and/or professional roles that support their practice.
  10. Recognise hazards, limitations, and/or barriers to effective practice within their operational environment and construct strategies for managing them.
  11. Undertake and/or participate in critical incident debrief.
  12. Work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion.


Examination (40%)
Portfolio (60%)

Workload requirements

Students will be expected to complete at least 6 hours of internet learning or and a minimum of 6 hours of private study and self-directed learning per week. If completed on-campus sessions, students will be expected to attend the equivalent of 6 hours of lectures, seminars and tutorials per week and complete a minimum of 6 hours of self-directed learning.

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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 courses 3876, 3877 or 3878.