BEH3071 - Extended care paramedic practice - 2017

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

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (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, health promotion, health assessment, discharge planning and a range of treatment schedules using an evidence-based approach.
  3. Outline the clinical presentations, signs and symptoms and treatments associated with various ailments, diseases and conditions commonly encountered in the community practice settings including children and geriatrics.
  4. Recognise risk factors for disease or injury, while using appropriate screening tools to be able to triage patients to remain in their home, refer to general practice or other appropriate health services.
  5. Develop strategies targeted at leadership and education to inform change in models of paramedic practice to meet evolving community needs.


  • 2 x Written Assignment (2,000 words each) (2 x 20%)
  • Individual Presentation (20%)
  • Final Examination (40%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

A combination of lectures, tutorials, practicals and online activities (6 hour per week), and self-directed study (6 hour per week).

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Chief examiner(s)

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


BEH3011, BEH2032