This unit (HFB2003) will allow students to apply, integrate and further develop their theoretical knowledge gained from earlier units. This theoretical unit will introduce students to pharmacology and pathophysiology associated with neurological, endocrinological, immunological and oncological conditions. Evidence based assessment and management of these patients will be explored within the paramedic context. Students will apply their knowledge as professionally and culturally safe clinicians underpinned by the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

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HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2 and

HFB1002 - Introduction to Pharmacology and

HFB1213 - Paramedic Clinical Practice 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Interpret and investigate the pathophysiological concepts, processes, progression and complications associated with a range of complex medical aetiologies, to inform person-centred care;  
  2. Critically review the appropriate assessment and management of patients presenting with neurological, endocrinological, immunological and oncological conditions;  
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanism of action and safe and appropriate use of pharmacological agents, related to the management of selected medical conditions; and  
  4. Articulate critical thinking and clinical reasoning related to evidence-based practice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient management.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Part 1: Group Proposal- Complex medical aetiology (500 words) 10%
Project Part 2: Group Concept Map (1000 word equiv.) 20%
Project Individual Case Study (2000 words) 40%
Test Scenario based MCQ and SAQ Assessment (1 hour) 30%
To obtain a passing grade or higher in this graded unit, students must achieve a mark of 50% or greater in the case study. The case study encompass critical knowledge essential for safe paramedic practice and to meet industry expectations of graduate paramedic students.

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