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
Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice
Not offered in 2018
Must be enrolled in course codes M20021 or M2011
This unit develops the role of the paramedic as a clinical leader in the community with the focus on major incidents and disasters. The unit explores disaster planning, response and recovery, and the roles and responsibilities of the paramedic when managing multiple patients or a complex setting, during a major health emergency or during a humanitarian disaster.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of paramedics, emergency services and other health agencies in relation to a multi-casualty or major incident.
- Compare and contrast the management of major incident in a rural, remote or complex setting compared to the urban environment.
- Describe the broader requirements of paramedics, emergency services and other health agencies during disaster management, in particular the management of public health issues and logistics management.
- Analyse the contemporary structure of a major incident control system in the Australian context, and describe the role of the paramedic in major incidents and disasters, particularly compared to normal operations.
- Outline the role of the paramedic in emergency management planning and preparedness in local and international settings.
- Demonstrate effective logistical management, patient triage or participation in a response team during a simulated mass-casualty situation or major incident.
- Mass Casualty Written Assignment (3,000 words) (40%) (hurdle)
- Mass Casualty Worksheet (1500 words) (20%)
- Final Examination (40%) (hurdle)
- Mass Casualty Simulation (Pass/Fail) (hurdle)
A combination of lectures, tutorials, practicals and online activities (6 hours per week), and self-directed study (6 hours per week).
See also Unit timetable information