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


Ms Karen Zaleski


Alfred Hospital

  • First semester 2016 (Online)
  • Summer semester A 2016 (Online)


This unit will introduce the student to the underpinning pedagogical framework and themes intensive care paramedicine. To aid familiarisation to a new practice environment, the role requirements and attributes of an intensive care paramedic as an interactive professional within an integrated system of Emergency Medical Services will be explored. Students are expected to use this opportunity to build on their understanding of the range of reactions that patients, family, and co-workers in the health system experience in response to sudden illness and injury. Essential underpinning theoretical knowledge bases will be developed and consolidated.


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

  1. Describe the theoretical models and themes that support the development of a Intensive Care Paramedic as an interactive professional;
  2. Relate the desired personal and professional attributes of a graduate of Monash University and a Intensive Care Paramedic to their own professional practice;
  3. Discuss the importance of Intensive Care Paramedic practice being evidence based;
  4. Discuss the process by which the Intensive Care Paramedic practice and Clinical Practice Guidelines are developed;
  5. Discuss the ethical and professional frameworks within which Intensive Care Paramedics practice;
  6. Describe the required knowledge base and scope of practice of a Intensive Care Paramedic;
  7. Identify the legislative and supportive frameworks that support the role of the Intensive Care Paramedic;
  8. Describe the social significance of health and illness within society;
  9. Identify the reactions of patients and family to acute illness and injury within a range of cultural contexts;
  10. Discuss the historical evolution of the Intensive Care Paramedic within the integrated Emergency Medical Services environment.


Online MCQ quiz (10%)
Final exam (40%)
Portfolio (50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance 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.

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

Emergency health - paramedic practice


Must be enrolled in courses 3876, 3877 or 3878.