1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour tutorial fortnightly
1 1 of HLTH1004, HLTH1210, MMED1005
2 PARA1008 - Integrated Clinical Physiology for Paramedics
3 22.5 units of level one PARA topics
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2 and 3)
Enrolment not permitted
HLTH2203 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Concurrent enrolment in PARA2000 Pathophysiology 1 and PARA2002 Paramedic Practice 1.
Assignments; Examination (50%); Tutorial participation
Topic description

In order to deliver effective health care in the pre-hospital environment, the paramedic student must first acquire a sound understanding of human pathophysiology. Building on the Anatomy and Physiology knowledge base developed in previous topics, this topic will provide students with the theoretical platform required to recognise and manage a range of clinical conditions.

Educational aims

This topic will explore common conditions presenting in the pre-hospital environment through a discussion of the cause, pathophysiology, presentation and treatment of these disorders. The topic is divided into the following modules:

  • Immune-related disorders and sepsis
  • Impaired tissue perfusion and shock
  • Acute and chronic lung diseases
  • Environment-related emergencies
  • Paediatric medical emergencies
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Apply an integrated understanding of the anatomy and physiology of body systems to paramedic practice
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the immunological basis of disease and the recognition and pre-hospital management of inflammatory conditions and sepsis
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and pre-hospital management of patients with respiratory-related conditions
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of vascular pathophysiologies and their impact on tissue perfusion
  5. Apply an advanced understanding of tissue perfusion to provide effective management and support for the patient in shock
  6. Recognise and manage environment-related conditions such as thermoregulatory disorders, water immersion and diving emergencies
  7. Apply an understanding of paediatric anatomy and physiology to the management of paediatric emergencies
  8. Demonstrate skills in communicating relevant information to others