EPP1012 - Clinical concepts of paramedic practice 1 - 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 Simon Sawyer

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The patient centred interview and assessment of patient vital signs is at the core of this unit.

The unit also expands on the concepts of professionalism and effective communication, which were developed in EPP1011.

Essential clinical and assessment skills will be developed in the clinical laboratory and simulation settings.

Students will also be introduced to the concept of patient acuity, tools for assessment, and referral pathways.

Paramedic clinical practice will be contextualised through supervised clinical experience with an emergency ambulance service.


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

  1. Demonstrate a standardised clinical approach to the assessment and care of patients;
  2. Recognise the concept of patient acuity and how this relates to time criticality and referral pathways;
  3. Demonstrate the clinical skill necessary to complete a physical patient examination;
  4. Describe and demonstrate an effective approach to manual handling to ensure safety of yourself and the patient ;
  5. Discuss and demonstrate effective communication strategies for interaction with patients, bystanders and other health care professionals;
  6. Establish reflective skills to evaluate and enhance interactions in the clinical setting.


4 x Clinical Placements (Paramedic) (40 hours)


  • 2 x Quizzes (MCQ/SAQ) (1 hour each) (15% each)
  • Clinical Case Study (2,500) (30%)
  • End of Semester Exam (2 hours) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Practical Examination (20 minutes) (Pass/Fail) (Hurdle)
  • Clinical placements (4 x Paramedic) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

6 hours per week involving lectures, tutorials, simulation, clinical laboratory and small group exercises, and 6 hours per week of self-directed study

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Chief examiner(s)

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Must be enrolled in course code 3445 or M20021