Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, the student develop will explore the advanced clinical management of critically ill or injured patients in complex situations. The student will further develop and refine their knowledge and skills required to manage complex critically ill patients both individually and as part of a group. They will gain insight into the process of working with intensive care paramedics and allied emergency and healthcare professionals. The student will engage in complex simulated learning environments (SLE) and case reviews, thereby further developing your advanced problem solving and decision making skills. Students will be required to utilize their Public Health and Paramedic knowledge and skills to create a significant pragmatic and well researched change to the current practice in patient management within Ambulance Victoria. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions - now and in the future.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Burns

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesPAR3GSN AND PAR3POP


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Ambulance and MICA Paramedics

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorAmbulance Victoria





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Emergency and Trauma Care

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorCurtis and Ramsden





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required150 (15days x 10 hrs)

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

WBL addtional requirementsImmunisations/Police Checks/Working with Children Checks are required as is the need to travel and potentially accommodation/simulation and scenarios up to 18 hours offered in this subject. Professional engagement includes international study tour(s) and clinical placement options (from 2021).

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically evaluate current paramedic practice in Victoria and develop a management plan that would yield improvements through implementation of innovative approaches
02. Construct and perform comprehensive assessments and management of patients with complex critical conditions in a variety of simulated settings
03. Analyse and describe the roles of the multidisciplinary healthcare team members involved in the management of a patient within the context of a complex clinical situation in both the out- of hospital and in hospital settings.
04. Formulate and implement an assessment and treatment strategy in conjunction with members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.
05. Plan and provide rationale for the response, scene management, and determination of destination of the patient in a SLE scenario.
06. Justify and demonstrate an awareness of specific entities that may be part of a complex clinical situation.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Burns

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 37 - 43
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 30 - 42
One 15.00 days placement - off site other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 37 - 43
One 3.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
The class will be divided into two groups - morning and afternoon.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Five quizzes (equivalent to 1000-words)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

One 1-hour written Examination

N/AOther written examIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6

One 2,000-word assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5