PAR5430 - Intensive care management of respiratory conditions - 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


Mr Rob Lasslett
Mr Nathan Stam

Unit guides


Notting Hill

  • First semester 2018 (Online)


PAR5400, PAR5410


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


This unit introduces students to an advanced level of knowledge, understanding and skill related to the intensive care management of patients with respiratory conditions.

Specific topics include: respiratory anatomy and physiology, common respiratory diseases and related pathologies, the advanced respiratory assessment, diagnosis and management of respiratory emergencies including specific pharmacotherapeutic interventions.

Students must be actively engaged in appropriate clinical practice, clinical placements or clinical simulation to achieve the outcomes of this unit.

It is expected that students will gain an advanced authority to practice after demonstrating the requisite clinical knowledge, skills and training of this unit as per the local statutory guidelines after completing an internship at the end of their course.


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

  1. Analyse the epidemiology of respiratory disease and construct a natural history of the pathology related to acute and chronic respiratory conditions;
  2. Synthesise the epidemiology of acute and chronic respiratory diseases;
  3. Formulate appropriate pharmacotherapeutic regimes using the relevant drugs available for the intensive care management of respiratory conditions;
  4. Implement knowledge, skills and evidence based practice to professionally manage a respiratory emergency as an intensive care paramedic;
  5. Formulate treatment pathways through the application of clinical decision-making frameworks and problem-solving;
  6. Assess the benefits of pre-hospital intensive care and the related role of the Intensive Care Paramedic.


  • 4 x Clinical procedure exemplar videos (10 minutes each) (40%) (hurdle)
  • 4 x Problem Based Learning Forums (1,600 words) (20%)
  • Final Exam (MCQ, SAQ) (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)

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. If completed on-campus, students will be expected to complete the equivalent of 6 hours of lectures, seminars or online tutorials per week in addition to 6 hours of self-directed learning.

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