In this unit students will apply, integrate and further develop their theoretical knowledge by exploring person-centred care of patients and examining acute and chronic disorders. Specific areas of focus will include pharmacology and pathophysiology of haematological, renal, gastrointestinal and infectious and communicable conditions. Students will also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of cardiology. 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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HFB2002 - Medical Emergencies 1 and

HFB2003 - Medical Emergencies 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the pathophysiological concepts, processes, progression and complications associated with a range of complex medical aetiologies, to inform person-centred care;  
  2. Review and apply the appropriate assessment and management of patients presenting with a range of complex medical aetiologies;  
  3. Apply and further develop foundational knowledge relevant to cardiology, integrating the pathophysiological processes, progression and complications to enhance understanding of the associated paramedic care;  
  4. 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  
  5. Articulate critical thinking and clinical reasoning related to evidence-based practice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient management in acute and chronic conditions.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Part 1:Group Assessment: Proposal and Contract Complex medical aetiology (500 words) 5%
Project Part 2:Group Assessment: Podcast/vodcast (15minutes) 35%
Journal Online Written Discussion Forum- (1500 words) 40%
Test Scenario based MCQ Assessment (1 hour) 20%
To obtain a passing grade or higher in this graded unit, students are required to attempt all assessment items. Additionally, students must achieve a grade of 50% or greater in both the Online Written Discussion Forum and the Scenario based MCQ Test. The Scenario based MCQ Assessment encompasses critical knowledge essential for safe paramedic practice.

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