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


Mrs Emma Stam


Alfred Hospital

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


Paramedicine has a growing reliance on drug therapy as the primary intervention for most emergency situations. Patients receiving medication interventions are exposed to potential harm as well as benefits. This unit will challenge students to have a graduate understanding of the science of pharmacology to ensure that their patients are administered/prescribed the right medication, the correct dose and at the right time to achieve the desired therapeutic effect.


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

  1. Describe fundamental principles of pharmacology;
  2. Describe and explain the processes involved in pharmacokinetics along with factors that influence these processes;
  3. Explain indications, actions, adverse reactions and contraindications for commonly prescribed medication;
  4. Demonstrate clinical decision making ability relating to pharmacology within a paramedic context;
  5. Provide appropriate education for patient based upon individual medication/drug regimes;
  6. Describe and explain medication regimes for specific clinical conditions in the paramedic's of practice;
  7. Describe legal, ethical and professional responsibilities associated with prescription and administration of drugs/medications in the paramedic's jurisdiction;
  8. Critically analyse social and political factors that influence use of medications/drugs in the paramedic's jurisdiction.


Concept Map Series (20%)
Evidence Based Practice Forums (30%)
Final Exam (3 hours)(MCQ/ SAQ) (50%) (hurdle)

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.