PAR5450 - Advanced care paramedic management of paediatric and obstetric patients - 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 Caroline Martin

Unit guides


Notting Hill

  • First semester 2018 (Online)
  • Second semester 2018 (Online)
  • Summer semester A 2018 (On-campus block of classes)


PAR5400, PAR5410


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


This unit addresses the advanced care principles related to the further development of knowledge, understanding and skill for providing emergency treatment and intervention to the obstetric patient as well as the paediatric and neonatal population.

Previous clinical experience at an advanced life support level is employed as the basis for identifying key differences and additional interventions appropriate to the management of obstetric complications or the pregnant patient who has sustained physical trauma or who presents with a medical emergency.


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

  1. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to effectively manage obstetric emergencies and provide advanced care for the pregnant patient presenting with physical trauma and/or a medical emergency;
  2. Relate the pathophysiology of common paediatric conditions to the early identification of conditions with potential to result in an emergency presentation;
  3. Formulate treatment pathways for the effective management of paediatric and obstetric emergencies including appropriate pharmacotherapeutic regimes, and demonstrating forward planning for ongoing management;
  4. Synthesise the contemporary evidence base and employ the principles of best practice into the management of paediatric and neonatal trauma and medical emergencies, using a clinical problem solving and clinical decision making model;
  5. Evaluate the psychological and physiological responses of children to illness and injury compared to the adult population;
  6. Interpret the epidemiology of paediatric and obstetric conditions including the common patterns of paediatric and obstetric injury and related contemporary interventions and management;


  • iSAP Case Study (1,000 words) (10%)
  • 2x Evidence Based Practice Forums (10% each, 20% overall)
  • 2x Case-Based Exemplar Videos (15% each, 30% overall)
  • Final Exam (MCQ, SAQ) (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

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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