PARA207 - Mental Health for Paramedics

10 cp
Prerequisites:
PARA104 Foundations of Paramedic Practice
Teaching Organisation: 150 hours of focused learning.

Mental health and illness has emerged as a major issue in the Australian health landscape. Mental illness contributes significantly to the burden of disease and the increasing costs of health care provision. This mental health unit is required by students to assist them to embed the foundational knowledge required by paramedics to respond to patients experiencing mental health conditions and crisis.

This unit develops students' knowledge of the physical, mental and biopsychosocial factors that contribute to personal, individual, family and community mental health. It also examines the role of paramedics and other health workers in caring for persons who have alterations to their emotional and mental wellbeing across the lifespan. This paramedic practice unit also contributes to the integration of theoretical and clinical concepts and their application in various health care environments. Knowledge and clinical practice skills developed in previous units will be extended through situation-based learning experiences within the simulation laboratory.

The aim of this unit is to assist students to develop paramedicine skills to provide safe, person-centred, evidence-based and collaborative paramedic care for individuals and families experiencing mental health alterations.