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PMSC20013 - Primary Healthcare 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with the physical examination skills and knowledge of pharmacology needed for functioning as a paramedic with a primary healthcare focus and the assessment of patients with chronic diseases and non-acute complaints. You will learn advanced physical examination techniques, clinical treatments and procedural skills for the diagnosis and continual management of a patient's medical care. Critical thinking and analysis focused on evidence-based medicine and best practice will be covered to integrate decision making and clinical judgement into the use of clinical procedures. Additionally, you will be introduced to concepts and decision making processes relevant to short term pharmacology treatments and review of in-home medications.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


  • PMSC20012 Primary Healthcare 1

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 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 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Practical Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 20%

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

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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: Student feedback
Some elements of the residential school could have been better prepared
This was the first time the residential school had been run, so teething problems were expected. A review of all components of the residential school will be undertaken prior to the next offering to ensure the residential school sessions are well-prepared and run as smoothly as possible.
Action Taken
Session plans were created for all sessions for the residential school. In addition, a broader range of clinicians were engaged to facilitate sessions during the residential school. The 2019 experience ran a lot more smoothly, considering it was only the second time the residential school had been run.
Source: Student feedback
One student indicated they would in future like to see (during the residential school) a practical session followed by a session in the hospital to see pathology & procedures
The residential school in this unit will continue in the same format for the time-being. The residential school is focused on orientating students to key skills, and acts as a precursor to a subsequent unit offering Work Integrated Learning, which exposes students to the scope of practice (including pathology & procedures) in a clinical setting.
Action Taken
The residential school was maintained with a similar structure to the previous offering. There have been no further issues with student requests for time in hospital, with students now understanding there is a Work Integrated Learning component of the course to follow.
Source: Self-reflection
Student engagement with experienced primary healthcare practitioners
Continue to source and engage a range of experienced clinicians to facilitate sessions during the residential school.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate advanced clinical physical examination and assessment skills for the diagnosis of common chronic and low acuity disease states
  2. Determine an appropriate management plan for patient care
  3. Perform advanced clinical treatment including procedural skills in the management of common chronic and low acuity disease states
  4. Integrate pharmacology into patient care as required
  5. Assess a patient's medications to identify potential issues for referral to their primary healthcare provider.

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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
5 - Self-management
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment