PAR5480 - Intensive care management of medical conditions - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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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

  • Second semester 2019 (Online)


PAR5400, PAR5410


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


This unit addresses the theoretical underpinnings required to develop in the student an appropriate level of knowledge, understanding and skill related to the provision of care to the adult population in the circumstances of commonly encountered medical emergencies.

Previous clinical experience of the student is employed as the benchmark for identifying the key differences in the advanced life support measures and interventions available to manage these conditions as an intensive care paramedic.

Students must be actively engaged in appropriate clinical practice, clinical placements or clinical simulation to achieve the outcomes of this unit.


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

  1. Analyse the epidemiology of acute and chronic medical illness/disease and synthesise the available contemporary evidence base to inform and/or support improvements in the approach to the management of medical emergencies;
  2. Formulate treatment pathways for medical patients through the application of clinical decision-making frameworks and problem-solving;
  3. Formulate appropriate pharmacotherapeutic regimes using the relevant drugs available for the intensive care management of medical conditions;
  4. Implement knowledge, skills and evidence based practice to professionally manage a medical emergency as an intensive care paramedic;
  5. Assess the benefits of pre-hospital advanced medical interventions and the related role of the intensive care paramedic in the management of medical conditions;
  6. Evaluate how intensive care paramedics might relate to and coordinate with hospital intensive care units in the management of patients with emergency medical conditions.


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.

  • Online quiz (30 mins) (10%)
  • Portfolio (50%) (Hurdle)
  • Final Exam (2 hours) (40%) (Hurdle)

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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