CLS202 Life Span Health Issues and Paramedic Care (8)

This subject introduces students to the concept of lifespan development and how paramedic practice may be influenced by physiological changes. Students will investigate neonatal, paediatric, obstetric and elderly patients in relation to physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development. Paramedic assessment and management of disorders relating to these life changes are explored within the tutorial, practical and simulated environments.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CLS202. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) and the BSc Clincical  Practice (Paramdedic)




( CLS105 or CLS106 ) or ( CLS102 or CLS104 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to accurately identify, assess, and manage the care of obstetric, neonatal, and paediatric presentations.
  • Be able to safely and effectively manage the care of a pregnant patient in the paramedic environment.
  • Be able to differentiate normal and complicated childbirth and demonstrate management in simulated settings.
  • Be able to implement safe, evidence based and developmentally appropriate care of paediatric patients.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with a paediatric patient, their family members, and/or carers.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Paramedic identification and management of obstetric, neonatal, paediatric and geriatric presentations. Each stage is equal to 25% of the subject.
  • Theoretical principles and clinical skills relating to assessment and management of obstetric, neonatal, paediatric and geriatric patients

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

The Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) is currently accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA). In aligning to the accreditation policy, face to face time is required when teaching and assessing clinical practice skills. The online subject and internal subject must have equity in teaching standards.

The purpose of the residential school is to demonstrate and practice clinical skills in a safe environment for the student. Allowing them an opportunity to receive timely feedback and support from the hands on experience. CLS202 is a fundamental paramedic skills subject that incorporates skills such as learning how to talk to a child to how to deliver a baby.  Many of these skills require supervised practice before allowing the student autonomy in the clinical environment.

Current activities that will be included into the residential school for CLS202 are
- Simulated child birth scenarios and learning activities
- Interdisciplinary learning activities with related disciplines to deliver optimal care to the elderly and specialised groups.

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school at a CSU campus.
All students are required to have a lab coat, safety glasses and covered footwear for lab based practicals.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.