1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
8 x 2-hour workshops weekly
2 x 8-hour clinical placements once-only
1 x 1-hour on-line tutorial weekly
4 x 8-hour exams once-only
1 Admission into BPARAM-Bachelor of Paramedicine
1a Admission into BPARAMNT - Bachelor of Paramedicine - NT
1b Admission into BPARAMREP - Bachelor of Paramedicine - Regional External Program
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Enrolment not permitted
HLTH1201 has been successfully completed
Assignments; Examination (30%); Laboratory participation; Library exercise; Placement (clinical); Practical work: On-line quizzes.
Topic description
Paramedic practice is a broad field of expertise, requiring the practitioner to be proficient in a wide range of professional activities. This topic introduces the concepts of paramedic practice and covers the primary competencies of safe practice, patient and professional communications, initial patient assessment and resuscitation. Concepts of evidence based practice and guidelines for clinical practice are introduced. Skills associated with the paramedic primary survey and cardiopulmonary resuscitation are integrated in the learning.
Educational aims
To introduce the student to the complex environment of pre-hospital care and the practice of a paramedic. This topic also aims to emphasise the importance of work practices, where these practices are derived and how to apply the practices in a safe manner. Also emphasised are the skills of communication with patients and other health care professionals.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, it is intended that the participants will:

  • Demonstrate safe working practice associated with manual handling, defibrillator use and infection control

  • Apply interpersonal skills when dealing with people: the patient; bystanders; colleagues and other health care professionals

  • Apply communication skills in an effective case handover and written case report

  • Demonstrate effective patient assessment skills required to perform a primary survey and secondary assessments

  • Apply clinical practice guidelines in the effective delivery of cardiopulmonary resuscitation to adult patients

  • Describe the nature of out-of-hospital professional health practice