CLS106 Foundations of Trauma Practice (8)

In this subject students apply their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for the trauma patient . Students will continue to develop their foundation of clinical practice in a trauma environment.  The focus will include scene control, assessment of the trauma patient, introduction to managing multi-casualty incidents, extrication techniques, triage principles and treatment integration. 


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CLS106. 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



 Enrolment in this subject is restricted to students in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) and Bachelor of Paramedicine



Subject Relationships

CLS104 The content of this subject was informed by the content of CLS104.

Incompatible Subjects

CLS102, CLS104

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • apply the principles of scene assessment in the paramedic trauma environment
  • prioritise and assess patients in the trauma environment
  • apply (evidence based) management techniques for patients requiring basic life support relating to shock and traumatic injury.
  • explain the mechanisms of injury to body systems and their affect on patients health status
  • perform appropriate patient immobilisation, packaging and extrication, adhering to safe practices of patient manual handling.
  • explain public health models and organisational policies and guidelines for responding to multi-casualty or major incidents
  • Work within scope of practice with other members of a multidisciplinary team to respond to a simulated mass casualty incident
  • accurately and safely calculate medication dosages of medications used in the paramedic trauma environment only if it is specifically needed


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Anatomy and physiology relevant to body systems affected by trauma
  • Principles relating to scene safety, patient assessment and patient management in a trauma environment
  • Principles relating to basic life support, including defibrillation and airway management, in the trauma environment
  • Application of equipment related to the trauma environment including extrication procedures
  • Triage, treatment, package and transport in the trauma environment
  • Pharmacological interventions including pain management and medical calculations for the trauma patient
  • Principles related to inter-agency collaboration and the use of communications technology

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

The purpose of the residential school is to demonstrate and practice clinical skills in a safe environment
for the student. Allowing students an opportunity to receive timely feedback and support from the hands on
experience. CLS106 is a fundamental paramedic skills subject that incorporates skills such as learning
how to control the environment in a car accident, triage patients, deal with major accident etc. Many of these skills require supervised practice before allowing the student autonomy in the clinical environment.

Current activities that will be included into the res school for CLS106 are

  • Initial safety of scene assessment and strategies
  • Initial patient assessment strategies within the trauma environment
  • Using safety in practice of paramedicine fundamentals (includes for instance - vehicles, cutting equipment, interdisciplinary communications)
  • Manual handling of patients


For further information about courses and subjects outlined in the CSU handbook please contact:

Current students

Future students

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.