HLTH 3012 Out-of-hospital Medical Care 2

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401096

Coordinator Navindhra Naidoo Opens in new window

Description The aim of this unit is to extend the foundational knowledge relating to the assessment and management of medical presentations across the spectrum of acuity, including falls, geriatric care, sepsis, gynaecological, genitourinary, ear/nose/throat and complex co-morbid conditions.. The unit combines theoretical and practical aspects to develop knowledge, skills, interpretation and application of diagnostics and clinical decision-making to implement appropriate patient care. Students will investigate fundamental elements of paramedic practice relating to medicolegal documentation, risk assessment and clinical reasoning relating to determination of patient disposition.

School Health Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) NATS 1009 AND
HLTH 2015

Co-requisite(s) HLTH 3014


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. Describe the pathophysiology and clinical presentation of common medical conditions across the spectrum of acuity
2. Formulate care plans using effective clinical reasoning relevant to patients across the lifespan and spectrum of acuity
3. Discuss barriers and enablers to safe and appropriate integrated care and referral
4. Demonstrate safe and effective performance of clinical procedures
5. Analyse principles of medical documentation and their connection to patient safety and clinical quality
6. Demonstrate systematic assessment of cardiorespiratory, neurological, genitourinary and gastrointestinal systems
7. Demonstrate ability to work effectively in a team to provide safe and appropriate care

Subject Content

1. Falls in the elderly
2. Neurological assessment
3. Cardiorespiratory assessment
4. Sepsis
5. Gynaecological presentations 
6. Ear/nose/throat presentations
7. Complex co-morbid conditions.
8. Invasive advanced life support procedures
9. Medicolegal documentation
10. Working as a paramedic team to optimise patient safety


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
Quiz 60 min 30 N Individual
Literature Review 1500 words 30 N Individual
Practical Assessment 60 min max 40 Y Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1



Subject Contact Navindhra Naidoo Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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