1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 x 1-day intensive workshop per semester
1 x 7-hour independent study weekly
1 x 50-minute on-line exercises weekly
Assumed knowledge
Students should have a sound underpinning knowledge of paramedic practice.
Weekly on-line discussions/activities/participation; Practical work; Intensive attendance and participation; Assignments.
Topic description
Critical to the appropriate assessment and management of the critically ill patient is the ability of the Intensive Care Paramedic to be able to relate to a patient's cultural and contextual situation and have an in-depth knowledge of the relevant extra-clinical issues associated with patient care. Based on contemporary understanding and best practice, this foundation subject will overview the relevant ethical, legal, operational, leadership and moral issues of ICP practice and discuss issues when working with culturally and linguistically diverse or special needs patients or groups which will provide the necessary underpinning approach for any patient experiencing conditions encountered during the course. Subject material will include an introduction to disaster medicine, dealing with CALD and special needs patients/groups, the ethics of ICP practice, palliative care, operational issues of practice, clinical leadership and working in the health system which will prepare the student with the necessary knowledge to enable appropriate clinical assessment and management.
Educational aims
This topic aims to develop an advanced level of knowledge of the ethical, legal, operational, leadership, moral & cultural issues of contemporary ICP practice which forms the foundation on which sound clinical judgement and practice must be based.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  • Describe the principles and discuss the ethics of disaster medicine and mass casualty triage as relevant to ICP practice.

  • Identify, describe and apply to ICP practice all legal requirements in relation to:

    • Consent to medical treatment

    • Palliative Care

    • Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare

    • Mandatory Notification

    • Practitioner Regulation

    • Ambulance Service/Health Acts

    • Medical Confidentiality

    • Doctrine Of Necessity

    • Relevant Common Law

      • Identify, describe and apply to ICP practice knowledge of culturally and linguistically diverse and special needs groups or individuals, including barriers to accessing appropriate health care and mitigation strategies.

      • Discuss the role of the ICP in the contemporary health care system.

      • Discuss the ethical and moral considerations of ICP practice.

      • Identify and discuss the provision of effective clinical leadership in an operational/clinical setting.

      • Identify and discuss the status and requirements of the ICP as a health care professional.

      • Demonstrate the ability to form and revise clinical or operational judgements and practice plans when presented with new evidence or information as relevant to ICP practice.