Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - 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 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Community Emergency Health and Paramedics
OfferedAlfred Hospital Summer semester A 2014 (Off-campus)


DE offering is not available to International students


Professionals working in emergency medical services do not operate in isolation but as an integral part of a co-ordinated health care system. This unit aims therefore to develop the student's understanding of the structure of the system in which they work, the roles and responsibilities of co-workers, the roles and responsibilities of other health professionals, and the importance of adopting effective communication, and operational strategies.

Currently, emergency medical services are changing rapidly with increasing sophistication and integration. This unit will explore the international, national and local trends and drivers in this field.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the emerging models of emergency health services;
  2. analyse international trends in emergency health services and identify those particular relevance to the student's local context;
  3. identify contemporary issues in emergency health services, eg. restructuring and re- aligning service delivery, out of hours emergency primary health care and alternative dispositions to the traditional hospital admission; the emergence of acute care facilities versus hospital emergency departments and;
  4. identify potential new roles in emergency care.


Portfolio (5,000 word)(100%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Students will be expected to complete at least 6 hours of internet learning or and a minimum of 6 hours of private study and self-directed learning per week. If completed on-campus sessions, students will be expected to attend the equivalent of 6 hours of lectures, seminars and tutorials per week and complete a minimum of 6 hours of self-directed learning.


Must be enrolled in Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate of Emergency Health