Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will learn how to manage and care for individuals with specific needs, including people living with disabilities and chronic illness. You will be introduced to working with vulnerable populations, populations experiencing abuse, neglect and/or violence, and those living with special physical, intellectual, mental and emotional needs. Learning activities will cover the management of patients/individuals in accordance with accepted paramedic practice standards. By critically analysing and evaluating education and health promotion strategies, through inquiry and investigation, you will learn how to effectively manage individuals with specific needs.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Mnatzaganian

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

PrerequisitesPHE3COS AND PAR3GFP


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis subject has been developed in accordance with the Guidelines for Inclusive Curriculum. Students enrolling in this subject will not be disadvantaged in the areas of gender, sexual orientation, culture, age, socioeconomic standing, ability or religion. The subject is designed to foster\valuing the range of experiences of all students enrolled.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings, including the gender and age related dimensions, and the particular situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, and cultur

Resource TypeWeb resource

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorRachel Siewert, Australia Parliament. Senate. Community Affairs References Committee.



PublisherCanberra, ACT: Senate Community Affairs Committee Secretariat


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Living with chronic illness and disability

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorChange, E; Johnson, A.


Edition/Volume3rd edition



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Coping with chronic illness and disability

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHillman, Jennifer



PublisherBoston, MA: Springer US


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. Integrate professional knowledge and skills to effectively communicate with and care for individuals with specific needs and their caregivers both individually and as part of a team
02. Formulate an approach to appropriately assess, monitor, and manage individuals with specific needs in accordance with paramedic practice guidelines.
03. Justify prioritized management plans of individuals with specific needs.
04. Evaluate the health literacy status of individuals with specific needs, and devise plans to advocate for and support individuals and caregivers in the area of health knowledge.
05. Investigate, establish an understanding of, and formulate patient-centred management strategies to address the emotional, psychosocial and physiological challenges common to individuals living with specific needs.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Mnatzaganian

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 37 - 42
Five 2.00 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Seven 3.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quizzes (250-word equivalent each).  Online quizzes [Weeks 33, 35, 37]

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Written essay assignment (2,500 words).  The students will be given a list of conditions from which they will select one topic. [Week 39]

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One-hour written theory examination (1,000-word equivalent).  Exam period.  The amount of intellectual effort required to complete written examination is greater than that of the written essays regardless of word count.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5