APS507 Systematic Extended Care (8)

This subject provides an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge of pathophysiology, patient assessment and treatment options for musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological conditions. The subject addresses these topics with a focus on primary health care patient assessment, treatment, case management and identification of transport, referral or field care options.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: APS507. 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 apply knowledge of the underlying pathophysiological processes to musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological, and other conditions with reference to the specific anatomical and physiological differences for each.
  • be able to critically evaluate evidence based practices, interventions and management relating to the extended care of musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological, and other conditions for extended care paramedics.
  • be able to apply a knowledge of pharmacology , including specific pharmacological considerations to the selection and administration of medications, for musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological, and other conditions specific to extended care situations
  • be able to develop evidenced based strategies/management plans of chronic and complex conditions for patients in line with the practice of extended care paramedicine
  • be able to identify and explain the risk factors for disease or injury, while using appropriate screening tools to be able to triage patients to remain in their home, refer to general practice or other appropriate health services


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Respiratory conditions.
  • Cardiovascular conditions.
  • Gastrointestinal conditions.
  • Neurological conditions.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of APS507 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 %
Case report 1
Case report 2
Case report 3

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.