PAR3032 - Paramedic management of acute conditions affecting special populations - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - 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 Craig Taylor


Mr Quinch Wong

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


PAR3011, PAR3021, PAR3031


Must be enrolled in course code M2011


The unit consolidates the student's knowledge of paramedic management of pre-hospital emergencies introduced in previous clinical units.

The unit addresses a wide range of clinical presentations previously introduced to the student and examines the impact that patient history and comorbidities may play.

The student will examine how various life states such as the paediatric, geriatric and bariatric affect paramedic care.

This unit will prepare the student for the transition from undergraduate to graduate paramedic practice.


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

  1. Apply the combined knowledge of all previous clinical units to the critical care and specialty situation patients.
  2. At a graduate level, through scenario and simulation work, demonstrate an understanding of the presentation, assessment, and paramedic management of the selected critical care specialty conditions commonly encountered by paramedics.
  3. Evaluate the drugs commonly used by paramedics and apply their use to the management of selected critical care specialty conditions.
  4. Integrate the clinical approach at a graduate level, to demonstrate your high level of theoretical knowledge, and clinical skills, to assess and manage patients with selected critical care specialty conditions in 'real time' work simulation. This will involve using an extended range of skills including: clinical problem solving, clinical decision making, patient safety, communication and teamwork.
  5. Outline the structure of medical retrieval systems in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region and demonstrate the required clinical skills to participate in medical retrieval and/or inter-hospital transfers.


  • Online quiz (10%)
  • iSAP scenario (2,000 words) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • End of semester examination (2 hours) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Practical laboratory portfolio (10%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

On-campus: A combination of lectures, tutorials, practicals and online activities (6 hours per week), and self-directed study (6 hours per week).

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