NOTE: This qualification has been superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care.
If you’re just starting out and thinking of a career as a medical first responder, or you’re end goal is to become a registered Ambulance Paramedic – read this overview first.
Learn more about what you will study, in this easy-to-read Diploma of Paramedical Science overview.
Studying the HLT51015-Diploma of Paramedical Science (superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care.) you’ll learn the skills required to effectively manage life-threatening situations for a patient. You will gain the skills and knowledge of which equipment to use, what drugs to administer as well as the effective procedures to save a life. This course is not just a first-aid course with a little extra thrown in at the end. The qualifications are Nationally Recognised and authorise the use of life-saving procedures, drug administration and clinical decision-making.
As the highest level of education in the non-tertiary education sector (university), the HLT51015-Diploma of Paramedical Science takes you further than the HLT31115-Certificate III in Patient Transport or HLT41115- Certificate IV in Health Care and enables you to get a good job in the pre-hospital private sector emergency health care industry.
This means you can work as a medic in industries such as mining, oil & gas, offshore rigs, sports events and public gatherings, maritime and a whole lot more.
NOTE: the Diploma does NOT allow you to work as a State (registered) Ambulance Officer/Paramedic. The minimum entry requirement for this is a Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree and registration with the Paramedicine Board of Australia and AHPRA.
If you didn’t do so well at school and feel you’re mature enough and ready to dive head first into paramedical study, this Diploma of Paramedical Science (superseded by the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care.) will teach you everything you need to begin your rewarding career saving lives as a paramedic/medic. The knowledge gained from the diploma will assist you to transition into the Bachelor of Paramedic Science; and with the potential of receiving credit points off the degree, we know you’ll see the diploma as a great place to start.
This is an online course for the most part, although there are 2 sets of clinical workshops to attend after about 10-11 months of study. Studying this diploma means you don’t have to go a physical location every day. There’s no travel times, sitting on crowded public transport, less exposure to health issues, no more stressful traffic problems, parking fees and time away from your family and friends. Online study is the friendly, flexible learning option and you can complete the courses in 18-24 months; less if you have more time on your hands.
This design of the course allows you to immerse yourself in emergency health care study without having to completely change your lifestyle. If you’re currently employed, you can keep working and earn as you learn.
A big part of your learning comes from attending the action-packed clinical workshops. This is where you get to put into practice the theory you’ve learned. Workshops are held at convenient locations in NSA, VIC, QLD and WA.
It’s here at the clinical workshops you will meet your fellow students and together you’ll work through many challenging and equally exciting real-world emergency medical scenarios. You’ll get to use al lot of the equipment a real Paramedic uses, including stretchers, stair chairs, traction splints, bandages, airway management, how to work with children and older people.
Then there’s the real life-saving and diagnostic equipment to get familiar with too, such as ECG machines, defibrillators, oxygen tanks and of course you will be administering drugs and learning how to correctly use IV’s and handle patients in a nurturing manner. There is also a requirement to complete 2 blocks of 80 hours of clinical placement (work experience) which can be completed with local event medic contractors, hospitals and medical suppliers.
There are 2 x 7 day clinical workshops (to be completed after you have passed essential units leading up to the workshops).
You’ll need to have a Driver’s Licence plus Police Clearance and a Working with Children check once you have qualified. If you are only on your P plates, then it’s possible to attend the clinical workshops as you will be driving an ambulance under the watchful eye of your instructor.
The curriculum of this training package has been updated to reflect the introduction of the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care. Be assured when enrolling into this training course, what you will learn is what the industry deems to be essential for future success in a career in emergency health care.
This qualification comprehensively covers how to manage all kinds of life-threatening situations that you face on a daily basis in your line of work. Your training and learning outcomes have been based on the unpredictability of the job, where you will never know what is about to take place. Be prepared for anything, ready to take control of a situation and be pivotal to the success of it.
The diploma training curriculum includes, but not limited to;
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The topics studied in this training course are grouped into what we call Units of Competency (UoC). What you are about to read are the UoC’s for the old diploma. The new and improved HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care is similar, although there are upgraded UoC’s, with the addition of new UoC’s which address the needs of the emergency health care sector and prepares to meet the challenges we face as the population of Australia increases.
Each UoC focuses on a specific area of knowledge required to do the job of an Emergency Health Care clinician. The sequence of learning follows a lineal path, where each topic studied builds on the knowledge gained from the previous topic. This layering of knowledge is how you learn to manage the tasks required of you and make it easier to recall the information when you need it.
The list below, provides the first steps to understand how the diploma is constructed. Each unit has a code and name, followed by a brief introduction to the unit, finishing with a list of tasks associated with the unit. Think of a unit as a collection of tasks. Each task contains activities. Collectively, tasks and activities are instructions to follow to achieve a successful outcome.
BSBMED301 – Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
Skills and knowledge required to understand and respond to instructions in the workplace. To carry out routine tasks and communicate in a medical environment; as well as use appropriate medical terminology.
HLTINF001 – Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
Skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.
HLTAAP002 – Confirm Physical Health Status
Skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about client health status and to check a client’s physical health. It requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
This unit applies to individuals working directly with clients and who assist in the provision of health care services. Some disciplines may be subject to state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.
HLTWHS002 – Follow Safe Work Practices for Direct Client Care
Skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.
HLTAMB012 – Communicate in Complex Situations to Support Health Care
Skills and knowledge required to effectively communicate with patients, colleagues and health providers in complex situations using verbal and non-verbal interactions. It requires workers to address these significant challenges in the context of providing a health care service.
HLTAMB014 – Transport Non-Emergency Patients under Operational Conditions
Skills and knowledge required to load and unload patients, drive vehicles safely to transport non-emergency patients to and from a facility or service. It includes using communication equipment and checking vehicles and equipment in order to restock and remedy faults.
HLTAMB007 – Assess and Deliver Basic Clinical Care
Knowledge and skills required to conduct clinical assessment of your patient and deliver basic clinical care in a pre-hospital/out-of-hospital environment.
HLTWHS002 – Follow Safe Work Practices for Direct Client Care
Skills and knowledge required for to participate in safe work practices to ensure your own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of yourself as well as the people being supported and other community members.
HLTAMB011 – Manage a routine non-emergency scene
Skills and knowledge required to manage routine non-emergency situations that are not anticipated to be life-threatening and to ensure safety at the scene.
HLTAMB013 – Contribute to Managing the Scene of an Emergency
Skills and knowledge to manage procedures, provide security and communicate with other services involved with patient care at the scene of an emergency. This may involve coordinating with other emergency services personnel.
CHCCCS020 – Respond Effectively to Behaviours of Concern
Skills and knowledge required to respond effectively to behaviours of concern of people. Skills are associated with handling difficult incidents rather than managing ongoing behaviour difficulties.
HLTAMB008 – Assess and Deliver Standard Clinical Care
Skills and knowledge required to conduct clinical assessments and deliver standard patient care in the pre-hospital/out-of-hospital environment.
Applies to pre-hospital/out-of-hospital health care workers to provide advanced life support, prioritise clinical care, implement time-critical health care procedures and therapies, and monitor patients based on patient needs and in accordance with established clinical practice guidelines.
CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and Improve Own Professional Practice
Skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.
BSBMGT401 – Show Leadership in the Workplace
Skills and knowledge required to lead teams and individuals by modelling high standards of conduct to reflect the organisation’s standards and values.
Applies to individuals who are making the transition from being a team member to taking responsibility for the work and performance of others and providing the first level of leadership within the organisation. These managers have a strong influence on the work culture, values and ethics of the teams they supervise.
CHCLEG001 – Work legally and Ethically
Skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people
Skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
HLTWHS006 – Manage Personal Stressors in the Work Environment
Skills and knowledge required to maintain health and well being by preventing and managing personal stress. Applies to work in a range of health and community services settings, in particular, work roles that operate in high stress situations and circumstances.
Even though there are no entry restrictions to speak of. We expect you to be able to read and write English and be comfortable communicating to your fellow students and trainers; as well as being comfortable with the use of computers and navigating the internet.