HLTH 1018 Paramedicine Foundations 1

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Liz Thyer Opens in new window

Description This subject introduces students to the theoretical and practical aspects of modern paramedicine throughout Australia and internationally. It includes exploration of the roles and responsibilities of paramedics within healthcare systems considering relevant regulatory, ethical, and legal issues. Students will gain foundational practical knowledge in key concepts of paramedicine and begin to analyse typical out of hospital case scenarios.

School Health Sciences

Discipline Paramedical Studies

Student Contribution Band

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject


Students must be enrolled in 4790 Bachelor of Paramedicine.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the evolving roles and responsibilities of paramedics within healthcare
  2. Apply correct technique and principles of safe practice to manual tasks and infection control
  3. Employ reflective practice in paramedic contexts
  4. Consider and apply the ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements for Australian paramedicine
  5. Demonstrate appropriate patient and interprofessional communication
  6. Perform basic patient assessment
  7. Explain clinical decision making in paramedicine

Subject Content

  1. The evolving roles and responsibilities of paramedics
  2. Communication in paramedicine and the health system
  3. Wellness strategies and reflection in paramedicine
  4. Ethics, legal and regulatory requirements in paramedicine
  5. Clinical decision making
  6. Basic patient assessment
  7. Work health and safety in paramedicine

Special Requirements

Essential equipment

Students must have the Western Sydney University student paramedic uniform (pants, long sleeve shirt, polo, safety glasses, safety helmet, non-steel cap black boots, stethoscope, reflective vest and rain jacket).


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Reflection 1 x 400 words 10 N Individual
Presentation 10 mins 30 N Individual
Final Exam 1 Hour 40 N Individual
Log/Workbook Weeks 10-14 20 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2023)



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