PAR1012 - Foundations of paramedic practice 2 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Cameron Gosling


Dr Simon Sawyer

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


PAR1011, PAR1031


Must be enrolled in course code M2011


EPP1012, BEH1011


This unit expands upon the assessment of patients from PAR1011 and moves forward to examine the treatment and management of low acuity, conscious patients.

Essential clinical and assessment skills will be further developed by initiating treatment of low acuity patients with hypoxia, pain and fractures. Students will learn to safely deliver medications and apply basic management procedures. These skills will be developed in the clinical laboratory and simulation settings.

The unit will include a focus on manual handling of patients and equipment during management.

Clinical decision making capacity will be explored and developed in the context of justifying clinical treatment to simulated patients.

Paramedic clinical practice will be contextualised through supervised clinical experience with a non-emergency ambulance service.


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

  1. Apply a full standard clinical approach to the assessment of patients requiring paramedic care;
  2. Describe and apply effective management of low acuity patients presenting with pain, fractures or hypoxia;
  3. Demonstrate safe preparation and delivery of medications to patients in a simulated environment;
  4. Describe the characteristics of effective clinical decision making with respect to managing low acuity patients;
  5. Compare and contrast safe and effective approaches to manual handling when managing low acuity patients.


4 x Clinical Placements (Paramedic) (32 hours)


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Mid-Semester Exam MCQ (30 minutes) (10%)
  • Written assignment (1,500 words) (30%)
  • Practical skills exam (1 hour) (20%) (Hurdle)
  • Final exam (2 hours) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Community placement (32 hours, Pass/Fail) (Hurdle)
  • Monash Library Academic Integrity Modules (Pass/Fail) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

6 hours per week involving lectures, tutorials, simulation, clinical laboratory and small group exercises, and 6 hours per week of self-directed study

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