Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Community Emergency Health and Paramedics
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Malcolm Boyle


This unit continues to develop the role of the paramedic as a clinician by extending clinical examination and decision making skills that were introduced in previous clinical units. The unit explores commonly encountered acute and chronic health emergencies, with a focus on pain management. Using a combination of case-based learning, clinical laboratory work and simulation, this unit will develop the essential clinical skills, clinical problem solving and decision-making competencies in managing common health emergencies.


By the completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Locate and evaluate evidence that informs the paramedic management of acute and chronic medical conditions across the lifespan;
  2. Describe the epidemiology, population health, and pathology related to acute and chronic emergency medical conditions commonly encountered in paramedic practice;
  3. Describe the clinical manifestations of the selected medical conditions commonly

encountered in paramedic practice;

  1. Demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to the assessment and management of patients with selected acute and chronic medical emergencies across the lifespan;
  2. Relate the pharmacology of drugs and fluids used by paramedics in the management of common medical conditions, including drug indications and actions.


Written examination (2 hours) (40%)
Mid-semester test examination (1 hour) (30%)
Clinical portfolio (30%)
Scenario-based clinical examination (Pass / Fail)

Hurdle requirement: To pass this unit the student must pass the written examinations AND pass the scenario-based clinical examination.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

6 hours per week involving lectures and simulation.

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



Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) or Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic)