PAR5470 - Transition to intensive care clinical practicum - 2019

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)

Dr Linda Ross


Dr Linda Ross

Unit guides


Notting Hill

  • First semester 2019 (Online)
  • Second semester 2019 (Online)


PAR5420, PAR5430, PAR5440, PAR5480


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




This capstone unit brings together elements of all preceding units to prepare students for practice as a novice intensive care paramedic. It focuses on consolidating and putting into practice the clinical approach, decision making and leadership skills which are based on knowledge experience and reasoning. This unit also prepares students for their future as intensive care paramedics and the need to develop strategies to mitigate errors, manage well-being and become reflective practitioners.


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

  1. Examine the importance of a sound structured clinical approach and the consequences of deviating from this on decision making, patient management and outcomes.
  2. Justify clinical decisions regarding patient diagnosis and management, using clinical knowledge and experience.
  3. Evaluate the elements of clinical scene leadership and how these can impact the scene dynamic, other team members, bystanders and patients.
  4. Develop a personal plan to continue to develop clinical competence in areas including error mitigation, accepting and acting on feedback, reflective practice and maintenance of well-being.
  5. Demonstrate a structured clinical approach, decision making, and scene leadership skills of an intensive care paramedic in a simulated setting.


  • Clinical practice discussion forum (1,000 words) (15%)
  • Reflective pod cast (30 mins) (15%)
  • Professional practice plan (1,500 words) (20%)
  • Clinical simulation video x 2 (30 mins) (50%) (Hurdle)

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