PAR2011 - Paramedic advanced life support - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Matthew Stewart


Mr Craig Taylor

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


PAR1012, BMA1012


Course code M2011


BEH1102 & EPP2011


This unit builds on the foundation of the paramedic clinician and expands on the patient assessment skills developed in clinical concepts 1.

This unit's primary focus is on the recognition and management of the unconscious and cardiac arrest patient.

Students will gain an understanding of the major causes of an altered conscious state and develop the skills required to safely and effectively manage a patient in cardiac arrest.

In the practical setting students will practice advanced airway management, drug administration and defibrillation.

In addition, this unit encourages students to explore the concept of evidence based practice and gain a deeper understanding of the evolution of practice in relation to resuscitation.

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 the standard clinical approach and patient centred interview techniques;
  2. Identify the role research evidence plays in informing paramedic protocols and practice;
  3. Describe the causes of altered consciousness, and describe and demonstrate the effective management of these patients;
  4. Perform safe and effective practice in relation to drug administration, defibrillation and manual handling of patients;
  5. Explain the concept of perfusion and the shock process and the implications of this in the out of hospital setting;
  6. Identify and demonstrate the management of safe and effective resuscitation techniques including ventilation, external cardiac compressions and defibrillation.


  • In semester quizzes x 2 (1 hour each) (20%)
  • Clinical portfolio (40%) (hurdle)
  • End of semester exam (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)
  • End of semester practical assessment (pass/fail) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

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

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