1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour tutorial fortnightly
1 1 of HLTH1004, HLTH1210, MMED1005
2 3 of PARA1008, PARA2000, PARA2001
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Assumed knowledge
Understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Understanding of cardiac and respiratory pathophysiology as it relates to paramedic practice.
Assignments; Examination (50%); Tutorial Participation
Topic description
Paramedic practice requires a general understanding of disease processes to enable effective management of patients presenting with a broad range of conditions. This topic will extend the specialist knowledge of disease-states established in PARA2000 and PARA2001 and provide students with the theoretical platform required to recognise and manage a variety of clinical conditions relevant to pre-hospital patient care.
Educational aims
This topic will explore both emergency and non-emergency conditions presenting in the pre-hospital environment through a discussion of the cause, pathophysiology, manifestations and treatment of underlying disorders. The topic is divided into the following modules:

  • Endocrine disorders

  • Disorders of the gastrointestinal system

  • Disorders of the genitourinary and renal systems

  • Normal pregnancy and childbirth

  • Pathologies and trauma of the musculoskeletal system

  • Toxicology and toxinology

Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • Apply an integrated understanding of the anatomy and physiology of body systems to paramedic practice;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and pre-hospital management of patients with gastrointestinal-related conditions;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and pre-hospital management of patients with genitourinary and renal-related conditions;

  • Describe the normal changes in physiology which take place during pregnancy and birthing and demonstrate the correct management of a normal childbirth;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of diseases and trauma affecting the musculoskeletal system relevant to pre-hospital patient care;

  • Apply an understanding of endocrine pathophysiology to provide effective management and support for patients with diabetes and other endocrine emergencies;

  • Apply an understanding of toxicology and toxinology to provide effective management of the poisoned patient;

  • Demonstrate skills in communicating relevant information to others.