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This unit provides you with the communication skills, networking and inter-professional strategies for functioning as a paramedic with a primary healthcare focus. This unit lays out how the Paramedic Practitioner will function within a multi-disciplinary healthcare system and be an advocate for patient care. It introduces you to the psycho-social underpinnings for referral and patient education and its impact on the patients' well-being. You will learn how to maintain continuity of care for patients in the out-of-hospital setting through the use of the referral process, communication strategies and comprehensive documentation. Additionally, this unit introduces you to community engagement and health promotion with a focus on primary healthcare and meeting the needs of your community.
Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
PMSC28003 Evidence Based Practice 2 or MEDS21006 Medical Science Research Project 2
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 - 2022
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).
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.
This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies.
The full list of University policies are available on the CQUniversity Policy site.
Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Demonstrate effective communication strategies within therapeutic relationships
Prepare comprehensive documentation and determine the appropriate referral to allow for continuity of care
Determine the barriers, psycho-social factors and cultural healthcare disparities that can impact a patient's well being
Assess the need for patient education, health promotion and community engagement projects
Research and develop a community engagement project proposal and plan.
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
1 - Presentation - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Textbooks and Resources
There are no required textbooks.
You will need access to the following IT resources:
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