BEH3161 - Paramedic management of maternal and neonatal health - 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 Matthew Stewart

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit continues to develop the role of the paramedic as a clinician by developing knowledge and skills needed to care for birthing women and neonates in the community. The unit will be case based, and will include clinical skills laboratories and simulation to develop essential clinical skills, clinical problem solving and decision making competencies.


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

  1. Describe the epidemiology, presentation and management of selected health conditions experienced by women during pregnancy, birth and following childbirth and recommend appropriate paramedic paramedic strategies;
  2. Describe models of care available in the maternity services;
  3. Identify and interpret the evidence supporting the paramedic care of pregnant and childbearing women and their babies;
  4. Outline and justify the level and type of paramedic care appropriate to the women during and immedaitely after childbirth emergencies in the community;
  5. Explain the processes of paramedic assessment of the newborn immediately after childbirth in both, uncomplicated and emergency situations, and select appropriate patient management discuss how cultural diversity can influence the care for pregnant women and consider approaches to paramedic care in a variety of situations.


  • Online quiz assessment (10%)
  • Assignment (2,500 words) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • End of semester examination (2 hours) (50%) (Hurdle)
  • 4 x Compulsory attendance at simulation (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

6 hours per week involving lectures, online tutorials, tutorial/practical simulations and clinical laboratories.

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Chief examiner(s)

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




Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) or the Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice stream in Bachelor of Health Sciences.