This unit focuses on the theory and practice of major incident management and recovery and provides students with the opportunity to apply and integrate knowledge and skills gained from earlier years. Students will work autonomously and in teams to research, plan and execute several simulated incidents culminating in a major incident event. The theoretical component of the unit will cover the history of major incidents, principles of major incident planning, preparation, response and recovery. The roles, responsibilities and communications of emergency services and the sociological and psychological impacts of major incidents, including epidemics, pandemics, terrorism/bioterrorism and natural disasters involving major incidents is also considered. The focus is primarily on the prehospital emergency medicine response to a major incident and the interaction of paramedics with other emergency staff and support agencies.

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HFB3134 - Paramedic Clinical Practice 5

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate principles of command and control, the Incident Command System (ICS) and triage of patients, and apply to major incident management principles;  
  2. Critically review and apply the main elements of state, national and international major incident and disaster policies, and the emergency services response to a major incident;  
  3. Conceptually map medical service major incident planning, risk-assessment, preparation, response, coordination and recovery in the context of a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency major incident response; and  
  4. Predict and formulate strategies for addressing prevalent major psychological and sociological effects following a major incident including survival, bereavement, and post-traumatic stress.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test (45mins) 10%
Assignment Group assignment (2000 words) 40%
Case Study Final Online Case Study Assessment (2hours) 50%
Students are expected to attempt all pieces of assessment and must obtain an aggregate score of 50% in order to successfully complete the unit of study.

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