HLTH 2018 Paramedic Practice 3

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401073

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Description This unit continues the development of paramedic professional and clinical skills and techniques in preparation for the second work placement with a paramedic team. Students will further develop patient assessment and examination skills in a systems-based approach. Students will engage in theory-based learning that will involve case-based learning to develop their diagnostic capacity and ability to formulate treatment plans for conditions of respiratory, cardiac, endocrine, gastrointestinal and renal aetiology.

School Health Sciences

Discipline Paramedical Studies

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) HLTH 2017

Co-requisite(s) HLTH 2015


Students must be enrolled in 4669 Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate reasoning and decision making relating to safe performance of clinical procedures
  2. Describe clinical examination of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems
  3. Analyse findings of diagnostic assessments and formulate care plans
  4. Demonstrate reasoning in relation to pharmacological treatment of low and high acuity presentations
  5. Use multimedia modalities to demonstrate understanding of clinical examination techniques
  6. Formulate referral-based care plans involving integration into community-based healthcare services

Subject Content

1. Advanced patient assessment of respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine systems

2. Advanced life support in the paramedicine context

3. Advanced diagnostics and clinical decision making

4. Principles of oxygenation and ventilation

5. Clinical diagnosis and treatment of presentations of respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine aetiology across the spectrum of acuity

6. Advanced clinical reasoning and problem solving

7. Paramedicine integration with community based healthcare

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Prerequisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement, and a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. Use the link to the Special Requirements webpage below for more information.

To be eligible to enrol in this subject and complete any required health-related placements or experiences, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements; the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • http://training.gov.au
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)



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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
MCQ 30 minutes; 15 N Individual
Interprofessional Analysis 2000 words 25 Y Individual
Presentation 15 minutes 25 Y Individual
Final exam 90 minutes 35 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Johnson M, Boyd L, Grantham H, Eastwood K (2015) Paramedic Principles and Practice ANZ. Elsevier
  • Talley, N. & O�fConnor, S. (2013) Clinical Examination: A systematic guide to physical diagnosis. 7th Edition, Churchill Livingstone.

Teaching Periods

2nd Half



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