This unit will focus on physiological, anatomical and psychosocial development and aging over the lifespan, focusing on special cohorts within the population, including the indigenous population, and how they need to be considered from a paramedic treatment and management perspective.  It will cover aspects of lifespan development from biopsychosocial approach and key pathophysiological conditions that may affect different life stage cohorts. Specific populations to be investigated include paediatric and adolescence through to, and including, senescence and the geriatric populations. Specific areas to be covered include obstetrics and parturition, gynaecology, male reproductive system and the impact of normal and abnormal age related changes on the body.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HFB3135

Prerequisites

HFB2223 - Clinical Practice 4

HFB2121 - Paramedic Clinical Science 1 (Medical Emergencies 1)

HFB2232 - Paramedic Clinical Science 2 (Trauma)

HFB2233 - Paramedic Clinical Science 3 (Medical Emergencies 2)

Co-requisites

HFB3134 - Paramedic Clinical Practice 5

HFB3130 - Paramedic Clinical Science 4 (Mental Health and Mental Illness)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate a physiological and anatomical overview of pregnancy including embryological through to fetal development, parturition, labour and delivery and common obstetrics pathologies and emergencies;  
  2. Indicate the general physiological, anatomical and psychosocial principles specific to paediatrics and adolescents, including the common pathophysiological conditions, their assessment and management;  
  3. Substantiate the pathophysiology of selected non-traumatic and traumatic gynaecological disorders including the common causes of subfertility in the population and the current medical treatments;  
  4. Substantiate the pathophysiology and signs and symptoms of male reproductive disorders;  
  5. Delineate the psychosocial, physiological and anatomical changes related to normal and abnormal ageing including the general principles of prehospital management of older adults.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test 1 (30 minutes duration) 15%
Test Test 2 (45 minutes duration) 25%
Examination Written Examination (2 hours) 60%
Test 1 will be undertaken by week 5 of the semester in order for students to receive feedback on their performance in this assessment that can be used as a guide to support their learning through the remainder of the unit. Students are expected to attempt all pieces of assessment and must obtain a total aggregate score of 50% or greater to pass the unit.

Required reading

The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children 7th ed.
McCance., K.l. and Huether,S.E. (2014)
St Louis, MO: Mosby

Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine 4th ed.
Cameron, P., Jelinek, G., Kelly, A., Brown, A.F.T and Little, M. (2014)
Sydney: Churchill Livingstone

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