Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will explore the similarities and the differences between the traditional Ambulance Paramedic role and the emerging role of the Extended Community Paramedic. You will develop insight to the concepts of out of hospital care beyond traditional jurisdictional ambulance service models. The subject will introduce you to practice resources and equipment available to the community paramedic as well as commercial and industrial sector paramedics to manage patients with lower acuity and chronic health presentations. You will expand your knowledge and skills required for practice as an Extended Community Paramedic (ECP) and sole practitioner paramedic.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Burns

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesPAR3PCR AND PAR3PMM


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



PublisherAmbulance Victoria


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Primary Care Diagnostics : The Patient Centred Approach in the New Commissioning Environment

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorNicholas Summerton



PublisherCRC Press LLC


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Paramedic: Growing the Good, Breaking the Bad & Undoing the Ugly in Paramedicine

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorTammie Bullard



PublisherTablo Pty Limited


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Appraise and discuss the community health care assessment model, and compare this with traditional paramedic assessment
02. Differentiate the functions of Paramedic and Community or Extended Care Paramedic (ECP and explain the contribution of these roles within a multi-disciplinary health care team. Identify variance in these roles across a range of domestic and international models of practice.
03. Adapt and perform a range of focused clinical assessments and interventions in a variety of unscheduled healthcare, primary care, acute care and in-patient settings.
04. Formulate focused patient care plans utilising the principles of individual and social determinants of health, patient demographics, advanced patient medical interviews and clinical assessment/examination.
05. Identify clinical indications for medical imaging, minor procedures, clinical procedures beyond the scope of a community/extended care paramedic and demonstrate referral systems for patients to access appropriate health service pathways.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Burns

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 days placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.
Placement will relate to Primary Care and is a hurdle requirement.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
Two 3.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Discussion forums x 1 100 word equiv Online quiz x 2; 100-word equiv each (300 Words) Week 3 Week 6 Week 10N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5
20-minute OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) skills station and Viva Voce 1500-word Conducted during examination periodN/AN/AN/ANo35 SILO2, SILO3, SILO5
Written examination 1.5 hours 2000-word equivalent Conducted during examination periodN/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Report from clinical preceptor Hurdle requirement. Need to meet professional competency standards and clinical placement attendance as required by paramedic registration and accreditation bodies. Tasks are provided to students online via Pebble Pad Clinical Placement Module.N/AN/AN/AYesnull SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5