PHC101 Paramedic Professionalism and Communication (8)

This introductory paramedical subject provides a landing pad for the student into the paramedic profession, and begins the learning journey of developing core skills which include communication for paramedicine. This subject will cover a wide variety of themes that include exploring the roles of paramedics and understanding the work life balance that needs to be maintained to ensure a healthy and rewarding lifelong career.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHC101. 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

Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Para Medicine

Incompatible Subjects

PHC100, PHC180

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the professional role of the paramedic which includes paramedic resilience, wellness and fitness.
  • demonstrate foundational skills in therapeutic communication, counselling, negotiation, assertiveness, and collaboration.
  • discuss and implement strategies of Interdisciplinary communication and effective communication in teams
  • explain the differences between a client centered approach and a clinician directed approach to communication
  • complete accurate and compliant patient care documentation.
  • use correct and accurate medical terminology.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The history of ambulance services and paramedic practice (international perspective)
  • The roles and responsibilities of paramedics (including non traditional)
  • Paramedic education, national registration, and professional practice standards (including CPD)
  • Clinical governance and paramedic clinical leadership
  • Patient documentation and medical terminology
  • Foundational communication skills and strategies for communication
  • Paramedic resislience, wellness and fitness
  • Information and academic literacy


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.