Internal students
1 x 50 minute Lecture weekly
1 x 3-hour Workshop weekly
1 x 6-hour Independent study weekly
External students
1 x 50 minute On-line lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour Online tutorial per fortnight
1 x 2 day Intensive workshop once only
1 x 4-hour Independent study weekly
1 PARA2007 - Paramedic Practice 2
2 27 units in PARA2 topics
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Assumed knowledge
Understanding of fundamental human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
Assignments; On-line exercises.
Topic description

This topic is designed to develop the student's ability to integrate their knowledge derived from their formative education including the first year Bioscience, and all second year Pathophysiology topics, and the concurrent Clinical Assessment topic and apply this to the complexities associated with making Clinical Decisions.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Explore the complexities of patient presentations and decisions about emergency health care, taking into account individual variations in pathologies, age, social status, racial traits, comorbid health status and drug use
  • Explore complex decision making in the setting of a multi-casualty incident or disaster
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate high levels of problem solving skills
  2. Develop the ability to prioritise care provisions related to clinical need
  3. Formulate arguments which reflect the evidence base in support of clinical decisions
  4. Demonstrate the ability to make decisions under pressure
  5. Describe the challenges and strategies for the management of patients with chronic, complex or multiple health problems
  6. Demonstrate the key concepts of triage and scene management in multi-casualty incidents
  7. Analyse operational management issues relevant to the concept of pre-hospital care including resource management, performance measurement and autonomous practice
  8. Analyse professional concepts relevant to service delivery such as professional behaviours and leadership
  9. Reflect on the individual's professional identity development with consideration to impending employment in the pre-hospital care field