PHC404 Paramedic Systems (8)

The objectives of this subject will focus on the many aspects of paramedic services which determine the way that health care is delivered in a community. There are a multitude of factors that influence paramedic service delivery depending on the geography, demographics, and resources available to the community. The subject will challenge the learner to engage in an analysis of the limited literature in this area and to assess sources of information from other disciplines and to engage in an exchange of ideas with other members of the paramedic, emergency, and public health community.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHC404. 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

Restricted to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Paramedic Service Leadership and Management, the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic), the Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies and Graduate Certificate in EMS Leadership and Management.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe and analyse the structure, function, and operations of modern paramedic systems in developed countries around the world;
  • be able to discuss the concept that paramedic services are a system and describe the relationships that exists between paramedic, emergency response agencies, public health, and the health care system;
  • be able to differentiate the roles of supervisors, managers, and leaders in contemporary paramedic systems;
  • be able to formulate a plan for measuring the quality and effectiveness of a paramedic service;
  • be able to assess the value of medical oversight and clinical governance in paramedic services.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The evolution of international paramedic systems;
  • Paramedic services as a system and the linkages that exist with emergency response agencies, public health, and health care;
  • The roles of supervisors, managers, and leaders in paramedic services;
  • Measuring quality and effectiveness of paramedic services;
  • The function of medical oversight and clinical governance in paramedic services.


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.