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 previous topics 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 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 pathophysiology, diagnosis and pre-hospital management of patients with gastrointestinal-related conditions
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and pre-hospital management of patients with genitourinary and renal-related conditions
  4. Describe the normal changes in physiology which take place during pregnancy and birthing and demonstrate the correct management of a normal childbirth
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of diseases and trauma affecting the musculoskeletal system relevant to pre-hospital patient care
  6. Apply an understanding of endocrine pathophysiology to provide effective management and support for patients with diabetes and other endocrine emergencies
  7. Apply an understanding of toxicology and toxinology to provide effective management of the poisoned patient
  8. Demonstrate skills in communicating relevant information to others