PARAMEDIC COMMUNITY PROJECT

PAR5PCP

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will learn and integrate the knowledge and skills required to design projects aimed at developing and implementing innovations in paramedicine and clinical practice within a local community context. The final two clinical placement subjects will be undertaken in conjunction with this subject. Students will be encouraged to collaborate with paramedics, other health care professionals and local communities to develop work that is of potential benefit to paramedicine, and the health and well-being of the community. The learning activities will be enquiry-based and may include clinical or systems research and evaluation, development of health education initiatives or exploration of innovations in paramedic practice. Students will develop and consolidate skills and knowledge in community needs analysis, critical analysis and interdisciplinary practice in a community setting.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter O'Meara

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE3BRH

Co-requisites PAR5CMC, PAR5CMD

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate how they would develop and implement effective strategies to identify and respond to community health needs, and to build community capacity. You will be able to a. Explain how the demographic, geographic and cultural characteristics of communities affect the health of populations. b. Analyse and model the linkages between the broader public health concepts, such as the social determinants of health, and paramedic services. c. Identify strategies that will enable effective engagement between paramedic services and local communities to produce a culture of innovation and flexibility. d. Competently perform community mapping and assessments to identify the health needs of underserved communities and identify appropriate services. e. Recognise that the introduction of flexible a

Activities:
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to develop strategies to identify and respond to community health needs, and to build community capacity. Draft a framework for an operational plan to undertake an emergency primary healthcare needs analysis in a local community context.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Critically review and describe the current and future role of paramedics and ambulance services in the primary healthcare emergency health system. You will be able to a. Compare and contrast the gaps in health care workforce resources in underserved and well-served communities. b. Critically analyse the current role of paramedics and ambulance services in a local health system. c. Identity and appraise innovations in paramedic practice (clinical or service delivery models) that could contribute to improvements in the primary healthcare system. d. Examine the feasibility and desirability of changing paramedic practice or service delivery models to improve community health outcomes.

Activities:
Exploration of the current and potentially desirable roles of paramedics in the emergency health system. Write a review paper relating to innovations in paramedic practice.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Communication (Communication)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Writing (Writing)

03. Interpret how changes in professional practice impact on the boundaries between paramedics and other health professionals. You will be able to a. Define and critique the concept of paramedic 'scopes of practice'. b. Explore the emerging professional identity of paramedics and consider how changes in their professional practice impact on relationships with other health professionals. c. Creatively link the developments and innovations in paramedic practice to the concept of interprofessional practice.

Activities:
Consideration of the facilitators and barriers to innovations in paramedic practice. Write a review paper relating to innovations in paramedic practice.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Communication (Communication)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Explore and debate the extent to which paramedics are integrated into the health system. You will be able to a. Critically examine the facilitators and barriers to the further integration of paramedics and ambulance services into the health system. b. Argue the extent to which ambulance service policies and actions support or hinder the development of a more integrated health system. c. Identify and design public health and health promotion activities that paramedics could undertake to promote community wellness and disease prevention. d. Appraise the strength of the evidence for innovations in 'community paramedic' practice.

Activities:
Development of an appreciation of the challenges that innovators face when proposing changes in the health workforce. Report on one significant change in paramedic clinical practice or professional roles in the last five years.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Communication (Communication)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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