Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students learn techniques and processes essential to patient assessment, and are introduced to history taking and decision making techniques. This subject also introduces the student to the principles of basic life support, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, basic airway management and initial care of a patient in actual life threat. Safe workplace practices, including manual handling, are also covered. The subject will also facilitate the integration of communication skills into practice.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HZPPNB and must have passed HBS1HBA and HBS1HBB; OR must be admitted in HHPPB and must have passed HBS1HBA and HBS1HBB and PAR1FPP


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


Clinical practice guidelines for ambulance and MICA paramedics

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorAmbulance Victoria - current version





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Paramedic Principles and Practice ANZ: A Clinical Reasoning Approach

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorJohnson, M., Boyd, L., Grantham, H., Eastwood, K.



PublisherELSEVIER, Victoria


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 required44 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

WBL addtional requirementsHours include clinical placement (20hours) as well as professional engagement (24hours): role plays and simulations on campus during workshops.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Judge a variety of paramedic situations presented to you, and prepare yourself and your equipment in readiness for paramedic response.
02. Individually and as part of a team, communicate and synthesise available information in order to approach an incident in a manner that provides effective management of both scene and patient
03. Individually and as part of a team, employ effective situational analysis and judgement to perform accurate and meaningful communication for effective and safe patient management in a simulated environment.
04. Determine using evidence based practice methods the physiological status of a simulated patient through use of standard assessment techniques
05. Individually and as part of a team, and using a combination of creative problem solving, critical analysis and professional judgement, provide appropriate basic life support management of simulated patients
06. Individually and as part of a team, and following problem solving and critical thinking processes, perform effective and safe lifting, manoeuvring and infection control techniques in a variety of simulated clinical situations

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
Two 10.00 h placement - off site per study period from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
two observation shifts with Ambulance Victoria during the semester

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
2 x groups of 20 students (a.m. and p.m. class)


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
1-hour written exam (1,000-word equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
30-min individual prac exam & basic life support case sim (1,500-word equivalent) hurdle requirementN/AN/AN/AYes35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
Online responses to key questions (1000-word) weeks 2,4,6,8, 10 and 12N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5