This unit is the culminating experience in clinical practice of the student's paramedic program and provides students with the opportunity to apply and integrate their knowledge and skills gained from earlier years.  The unit will extend the student's knowledge and skill set by the amalgamation of advanced life support skills with extended care practices in the community-based emergency health environment. There will be a focus on the intersection of hospital and pre-hospital care, and integration of health practices. It will also consolidate student's clinical practice at the expected level of graduate entry practice. 
Specific areas of interest will include improved clinical reasoning and critical decision making, awareness of and working with scopes of practice beyond the expected level of graduate entry practice (both in jurisdiction and depth), awareness of patient treatment and management after handover to other health professionals (with an emphasis on understanding of diagnostic tests and procedures the patient is likely to encounter).

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HFB3234

Prerequisites

HFB3134 - Paramedic Clinical Practice 5

HFB3135 - Paramedic Clinical Science 5 (Special Populations)

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

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate extended scopes of clinical ambulance practice beyond the Ambulance Victoria Advanced Life Support level in order to extend employability to other international and interstate jurisdictions;  
  2. Evaluate community care Paramedic approaches and assess how community care is employed in other jurisdictions;  
  3. Articulate and demonstrate the current scope of paramedic clinical care for mental health and acute paediatric presentations;  
  4. Discuss the patient journey from ambulance handover to hospital/definitive care; and  
  5. Articulate a basic understanding of advanced wound and fracture management beyond traditional scopes of paramedic practice, such as suturing and plastering.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test (1 hour duration) 10%
Research Paper Individual Research Essay 20%
Presentation Group Presentation (10min) and Peer Review 20%
Practicum Placements and completed Logbook 0%
Examination Scenario Exam - Clinical Interview (30mins) 50%
To obtain a Pass or higher all components of assessment must be completed and an aggregate mark of 50% must be attained. Additional hurdle requirements include satisfactory completion of the scenario exam - Clinical Interview, 60 hours of placements (clinical, simulation or equivalent) and satisfactory completed logbook and 80% attendance of practical class (laboratories)(online). These hurdle requirements enable students to acquire the essentials skills and knowledge expected in graduate paramedic practice and to meet accreditation requirements.

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As part of a course

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