PAR5470 - Transition to intensive care clinical practicum - 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 Andrew Bishop
Dr Ravina Ravi

Unit guides


Notting Hill

  • First semester 2018 (Online)
  • Second semester 2018 (Online)


PAR5420, PAR5430, PAR5440, PAR5480


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




This unit involves the student operating demonstrating competency as a novice intensive care paramedic based in their local clinical environment and under the direct supervision or mentorship of a suitably qualified and experienced clinical teacher. The student will be supported to develop the skills, attributes and justified decision-making capabilities of a safe and competent novice intensive care paramedic.

It is expected that the knowledge and skills developed in the course will be able to be applied in current clinical practice and in preparation for an intensive care internship.


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

  1. Reflect on their own clinical experience and identify and arrange suitable learning experiences to maintain ongoing clinical development as a result of the clinical experience in the field;
  2. Demonstrate the development of clinical, professional and leadership capabilities from novice to a safe and clinically competent Intensive Care Paramedic;
  3. Formulate a response to real life emergency problems from the initiation of emergency medical services; to assimilate information quickly and to communicate it clearly and unambiguously;
  4. Apply theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to the emergency management of a broad range of cardiac conditions, medical conditions, trauma and environmental conditions in the adult and paediatric patient using an appropriate intensive care paramedic clinical problem solving and clinical decision making model;
  5. Construct a culturally sensitive approach to the recognition and management of the reactions of patients and family to acute illness or injury;
  6. Reflect upon the operational and clinical aspects of intensive care paramedicine in the student's clinical context.


  • Student exemplar videos (60%)
  • Evidence based practice forum (30%)
  • Reflective clinical practice (10%)

Off-campus attendance 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.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study