APS506 Principles of Extended Care (8)

This subject introduces students to a primary health care model of patient care by paramedics and paramedical services. The concepts of 'extended care' and 'community paramedicine' are explored. Students will examine how extended care paramedicine systems differ from traditional paramedic services. A number of programs from Australia and internationally are examined to enable students' to understand how extended care programs have developed to meet local community needs. The subject also enables student's to develop an understanding of the role of the extended care paramedic in primary health care and how this differs from traditional emergency paramedic care. Students are introduced to case management and referral options. Other topics included are; legal, professional, ethical and legislative requirements.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: APS506. 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 postgraduate paramedic study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to compare and contrast a range of modern Australian and International paramedic systems and identify the principles underpinning their development to meet local needs.
  • Be able to compare and contrast the extended care paramedic model and compare and contrast this to traditional emergency paramedics.
  • Be able to critically evaluate the role and responsibilities of the extended care paramedic in primary health care and identify the relationship that exists between paramedics and allied health care providers.
  • Be able to provide case management and patient care priorities including non-emergency department transfer of care options.
  • Be able to evaluate the role of the extended scope of paramedic practice in health promotion and primary health care.
  • Be able to identify and discuss the legal, professional and ethical issues pertaining to extended care paramedicine.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Extended care paramedic systems.
  • The role of the extended care paramedic.
  • Allied health care communication and documentation.
  • Law and ethics for extended care paramedics.
  • Populations.
  • Health care promotion.
  • Health assessment.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of APS506 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Multiple choice exam
Report: the role of an extended care paramedic
Community care guide

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.