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PMSC13001 - Mental health for Paramedics and Other Health Professionals

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In the course of a year it is estimated one in four people will experience a form of mental health problem. When looking solely at first world countries this estimate could be as high as two in four and is considered a modern day epidemic health problem. Within this unit students will develop an understanding of more traditional and emerging approaches to assisting those suffering mental health issues within a discipline specific context. This will include communication, pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies along with relevant legislation applicable to professions authorised under the Mental Health Act 2000 (Queensland). The above strategies and legislation are introduced to students in the context of person/s suffering a spectrum of mental health problems from chronic issues to those acutely disturbed and violent.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

CB77 - Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) Students

CHIR12007 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 1

CC30 - Bachelor of Paramedic Science Students

PMSC12002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 1

PMSC12001 Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care

CG95 – Bachelor of Paramedic Science Students

PMSC12002 Clinical Paramedic Practice 1

PMSC12001 Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care

**See note below regarding additional requirement surrounding PMSC12001 Procedures and Skills in Paramedic Care.

Emergency Medicine is a fast paced, ever changing environment. At CQU we are continually adapting our course so students are prepared to meet these needs. With this in mind, if in the last 12 months you have not:

• Successfully completed clinical placement unit or

• Successfully completed a PMSC unit with a compulsory residential school attached or

• Completed equivalent and relevant work experiences (as deemed by the Unit Coordinator)

Students will be required to attend PMSC12001 residential school again at their own cost.

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).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2015

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Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
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Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 50%
2. On-campus Activity 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 61.21% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle Student Feedback
Feedback
Assessment 1 requirements were vague and it was difficult to understand what was required. Some of the wording in the assessment criteria was confusing and contradictory.
Recommendation
The wording of assessment requirements and the marking rubric need to be improved to make it clear what is expected from students.
Action Taken
Task were changed ensuring that the students received examples and checklists with clear instructions in order to assist them.
Source: Moodle Student Feedback
Feedback
Assessment 3 requirements were not clear and the rubric did not provide enough guidance. Examples would be beneficial to assist students to understand what is expected for this assessment.
Recommendation
The wording of the assessment requirements need adjustment. The rubric needs to be improved to provide more guidance. Some examples should be provided on moodle to assist students to know what the assessment requires of them.
Action Taken
Task were changed ensuring that the students received examples and checklists with clear instructions in order to assist them. Marking rubrics were redeveloped with clear guidelines for students.
Source: Moodle Student Feedback
Feedback
Lecture recordings and lecture materials were outdated. If there were any updates that students needed to know it was advised by email, rather than an updated lecture.
Recommendation
Lecture materials need to be updated so recent material is provided to students
Action Taken
Learning material was redeveloped to ensure curriculum was up to date and aligned to industry needs.
Source: Moodle Student Feedback
Feedback
Lectures focused mainly on symptoms of mental health conditions. Very minimal time was allocated to discuss treatment and approach techniques. Many students felt unprepared attending Residential School.
Recommendation
Treatment and approach options and techniques need to be included in the next delivery of this unit. Lecture materials need to be reviewed and adjusted to link with what students are expected to know when attending Residential School.
Action Taken
Learning material was redeveloped and included all treatment and appropriate techniques.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify a person experiencing the clinical manifestations of mental illness.
  2. Manage (within a cultural and discipline context) people experiencing clinical manifestations of mental illness.
  3. Apply mental health related legislation within the context of your discipline.
  4. Apply the principles of interpersonel communication and professional behaviours to the standards expected of a health professional.
  5. Compare and contrast various systems of classifying mental health conditions.

This unit is linked to external accreditation requirements for the CB 77, CC30 and CG95 courses.

Specifically this includes.

CC30 and CG95 Bachelor of Paramedic Science

Perform the tasks of a paramedic within an accredited government or private ambulance service across Australia or internationally.

Demonstrate advanced clinical competencies in pre-hospital care, emergency mental health assessment with a secure medical science base.

Perform advanced clinical and mental health assessment procedures and incorporate this into an advanced clinical health care plan.

Follow specific operating protocols for an agency such as an accredited government or private ambulance service across Australia or internationally.

Demonstrate broad competency in pre-hospital care suitable for a career anywhere in Australia, as well as specifically for the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).

Assess risks in the out of hospital environment.

Apply appropriate professional and personal skills, such as critical thinking and lifelong learning, to practice within the paramedic science discipline in accordance with accreditation competencies.

Apply relevant and current policies and procedures within regulatory bodies such as the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) Australia and accredited government or private ambulance service.

CB77 Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic)

Performs a psychological/psychosocial assessment.

Implements appropriate crisis management.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - On-campus Activity