Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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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
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2013 (Flexible)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2013 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Ms Ingrid Brooks, Ms Andrea Wyatt


This unit will explore the national and international trends in extended care practice for paramedics as a foundation to the preparation of advanced clinical practice skills required for solo MICA paramedic practitioners. Models of clinical decision making, risk assessment and patient safety will be applied to the solo practitioner setting and practice in advanced clinical skills will be provided. Strategies for the management of clinical emergencies as a solo practitioner will be explored. The unit will also prepare the MICA paramedic for the important role of health commander in multicasualty incidents.


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

  1. discuss the national and international trends in health care delivery driving extended paramedic practice models of care;
  2. critically review national and international models of extended paramedic practice;
  3. demonstrate effective clinical decision making and patient safety applied to the clinical expectations of senior MICA Paramedic clinicians as solo responders, including arranging alternative patient dispositions;
  4. demonstrate competency in MICA Paramedic advanced clinical practices, eg. rapid sequence induction;
  5. undertake the initial function as health commanders in multi-casualty incidents;
  6. demonstrate competency in the management of emergency incidents as a solo practitioner;
  7. demonstrate appropriate ethical, safe and effective practice in the role of solo practitioner;


Assignment (2,000 - 2,500 words)(25%)
Advanced Clinical Skills Assessment (Pass/Fail)
Health Commander Multicasualty Simulation (25%)
Clinical Portfolio (50%)

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Contact hours

Students are required to spend, on average, 12 hours per week on this unit across the semester (156 hours in total) working through self-directed learning materials, participating in tutorials through MUSO and in preparation of unit assessment tasks. Within this total, students are also required to attend 4 days (32 hours) on-campus distributed across the semester.


This unit is only available to students sponsored by Ambulance Victoria.