PAR5400 - Principles of advanced care paramedic practice - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - 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 Nathan Stam


Ms Karen Zaleski

Unit guides


Notting Hill

  • First semester 2018 (Online)
  • Summer semester A 2018 (Online)


Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 3876, 3877, 3878, M6015


This unit introduces concepts related to providing patient care and interventions at an advanced care level.

The content relates to the enhancement of existing clinical skills and knowledge, and specifically aims to challenge students in the areas of: advanced patient assessment, clinical decision making, managing complex patients and scenes, and demonstrating clinical and scene leadership.

Concepts related to reflective practice and the effects of human factors on decision making capabilities will also be explored.

Within this unit, students will be required to develop and demonstrate postgraduate level academic skills in sourcing and appraising contemporary evidence, as well as the maturation of skills in scientific writing and appropriate referencing.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to;

  1. Interpret the contemporary research evidence base as it relates to the provision of advanced paramedic interventions in the pre-hospital setting and the evolution of care in Australia;
  2. Formulate an advanced management plan for complex patients based on a systematic advanced patient assessment and inclusive of available interventions for intensive care, flight and/or extended care paramedics;
  3. Justify treatment decision pathways for complex patient presentations based on a differentiated understanding of the underlying anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology;
  4. Determine the effects of 'human factors' on the effective management of complex patients and dynamic case settings and reflect on available measures to improve situational awareness and scene leadership;
  5. Appraise the ethical and professional frameworks within advanced paramedic practice and identify the process by which professional guidelines and protocols are developed;
  6. Evaluate the qualities of professionalism and leadership in the role of the advanced care paramedic and the importance of effective communication and collaboration within complex scenes.


  • Online MCQ quiz (10%)
  • Final exam (40%)
  • Portfolio (50%)

Workload requirements

Students will be expected to complete at least 6 hours of distance education directed learning and a minimum of 6 hours of private study and self-directed learning per week.

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