CQUniversity Unit Profile
PMSC20008 Primary Healthcare Management
Primary Healthcare Management
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General Information

Overview

This unit is the first part of your clinical instruction that provides you with the knowledge and management strategies for functioning as a paramedic with a primary healthcare focus. This unit lays out the foundations of recognition and management of patients with common chronic and low acuity disease states through a detailed examination of the pathophysiology, epidemiology, history and assessment findings. You will be able to formulate a clinical diagnosis by incorporating presentation, history, assessment, diagnostic studies and other findings using an analytic approach and then utilize evidenced-based medicine for the management of a patient's condition. Additionally, the unit introduces you to palliative care and the paramedic practitioner's role in its delivery.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Not Applicable
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2017

Distance

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Presentation
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Differentiate between common chronic and low acuity disease states based on pathophysiology, epidemiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms.
  2. Integrate diagnostic findings with patient presentation, history and assessment to formulate a working diagnosis.
  3. Employ an analytic approach using evidence-based medicine and guidelines for the management of primary care conditions.
  4. Describe the primary care paramedic's role in the delivery of palliative care.

A Graduate Diploma is now the standard requirement for many state ambulance services for advanced positions in the paramedic field. An emphasis has been placed on preferred candidates exceeding this requirement with a Masters degree for many new positions such as the Paramedic Practitioner.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Presentation - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Presentation - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Natalee Williams-Claassen Unit Coordinator
n.williams-claassen@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Mar 2017

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Eye and ENT

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Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Mar 2017

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Respiratory System and Cardiovascular System

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Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Mar 2017

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Central Nervous System and Mental Health

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Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Mar 2017

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Gastrointestinal and Urinary System

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Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Apr 2017

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Communicable Diseases, Infection/allergy/microbiology/immunity

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Vacation Week Begin Date: 10 Apr 2017

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Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Apr 2017

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Diabetes, Skin

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Week 7 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2017

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Musculoskeletal System

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Case Report Due: Week 7 Thursday (27 Apr 2017) 8:00 am AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 01 May 2017

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Wounds

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Week 9 Begin Date: 08 May 2017

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Palliative Care

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Presentation Due: Week 9 Thursday (11 May 2017) 8:00 am AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 15 May 2017

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Palliative Care

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 22 May 2017

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Catch up Week

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Week 12 Begin Date: 29 May 2017

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Pain Management

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Written Assessment Due: Week 12 Thursday (1 June 2017) 8:00 am AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2017

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Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Jun 2017

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Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Case Report

Task Description

You are required to discuss a clinical case that you have attended where the patient presented with a common chronic or low acuity disease state.

The case report must include the following:

  • A description of the patient's clinical presentation, history and assessment findings. (If applicable, please also include discussion on further diagnostic tests that could have been utilized in the formulation of a diagnosis for this patient at a PP level.)
  • Considering the above, provide possible differential diagnoses for this patient’s condition and justify each differential diagnosis with evidence.
  • Discuss each of these conditions’ pathophysiology, epidemiology, risk factors and signs and symptoms
  • Formulate a working diagnosis for this patient.

Students are reminded that to achieve a pass mark in this unit you will need to submit all assessment pieces and achieve a minimum pass mark of 50% for each assessment piece.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Thursday (27 Apr 2017) 8:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Wednesday (10 May 2017)


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

While there is no maximum word limit for your case report, there is minimum requirement of 3000 words. The case report will be assessed in accordance with the rubric provided on the unit’s Moodle page. It should be presented in an essay format.

The case report is worth 40% of your overall unit mark.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Differentiate between common chronic and low acuity disease states based on pathophysiology, epidemiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms.
  • Integrate diagnostic findings with patient presentation, history and assessment to formulate a working diagnosis.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research

2 Presentation

Assessment Title
Presentation

Task Description

During your career as a paramedic you would have experienced call outs to patients with common chronic or low acuity disease states that may have required medical assistance, though not at an emergency care level. In most cases these patients are unnecessarily transported to a hospital’s emergency department (ED) for a non-acute condition, increasing the clinical demand on EDs and patient waiting periods.

Paramedic Practitioners (PPs) have a significant potential to reduce unnecessary transportation and the burden on emergency departments by treating these patients within their communities or at home.

You will need to create a presentation of non-acute clinical case that you have attended and transported, where your patient could have been provided the appropriate primary care management for their condition within their community or at home by a Paramedic Practitioner.

Your presentation must include the following information:

  • Brief introduction to the case.
  • The patient’s presentation, history and assessment findings.
  • Provide a working diagnosis with supporting evidence.
  • Reflection on the management that was provided on scene and on route to hospital.
  • Discussion on a revised assessment and management plan for this patient at a Paramedic Practitioner level, justified by the inclusion of the evidence based medicine and primary care management guidelines.
  • All medical practice is that is discussed at a PP level must be justified with presented evidence.

Students are reminded that to achieve a pass mark in this unit you will need to submit all assessment pieces and achieve a minimum pass mark of 50% for each assessment piece.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Thursday (11 May 2017) 8:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Thursday (25 May 2017)


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

The presentation will be assessed in accordance with the rubric and information provided on the unit’s Moodle page. The following criteria are key points to be included:

  • The presentation should be in a PowerPoint format.
  • Recorded narration is required and you can use the Notes section to detail your thinking.
  • The presentation must address each of the main topic tasks as detailed in the task description.
  • Avoid superficial points or comments.
  • As this is a presentation, you should include images where appropriate, but these must be referenced.

The presentation has no specified length in regards to the amount of slides used but the recorded presentation should be a maximum of twenty (20) minutes to a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes in length.

This presentation is worth 30% of your overall unit mark.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Integrate diagnostic findings with patient presentation, history and assessment to formulate a working diagnosis.
  • Employ an analytic approach using evidence-based medicine and guidelines for the management of primary care conditions.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

“The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life of patients with an active, progressive disease that has little or no prospect of a cure. With the growth and ageing of Australia's population, and an increase of chronic and generally incurable illnesses, the types of patient groups requiring palliative care has widened.” (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016)

Essay Question:

Discuss the Paramedic Practitioner’s present and possible future role in the delivery of palliative care for patients that are terminally ill within the Australian context.

Please consider the following suggestions for inclusion in your discussion,

  • The Paramedic Practitioner’s role in direct patient care (assessment, goals of care, care towards the patient, family and carers, physical, cultural and psychosocial etc.).
  • The Paramedic Practitioner’s role in indirect patient care (multidisciplinary teams, specialist and community support services involvement, referral etc.).
  • Ethical Considerations.
  • End of life communication.

Reference Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016, Palliative care (AIHW). Australian Government. Available from: http://www.aihw.gov.au/palliative-care/ [Accessed: 24 January 2017].

Students are reminded that to achieve a pass mark in this unit you will need to submit all assessment pieces and achieve a minimum pass mark of 50% for each assessment piece.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Thursday (1 June 2017) 8:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

15th June 2017


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

While there is no maximum word limit for your essay, there is a minimum word count of 2500 words and it is expected that the essay arguments will be clear and concise. The written assessment will be assessed in accordance with the rubric and information provided on the unit’s Moodle page. It should be presented in an essay format.

This written assessment is worth 30% of your overall unit mark.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the primary care paramedic's role in the delivery of palliative care.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?