PMSC20010 - Health Communication and Community Involvement
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides you with the communication skills, networking and inter-professional strategies for functioning as a paramedic with a primary healthcare focus. This unit lays out how the Paramedic Practitioner will function within a multi-disciplinary healthcare system and be an advocate for patient care. It introduces you to the psycho-social underpinnings for referral and patient education and its impact on the patients' well-being. You will learn how to maintain continuity of care for patients in the out-of-hospital setting through the use of the referral process, communication strategies and comprehensive documentation. Additionally, this unit introduces you to community engagement and health promotion with a focus on primary healthcare and meeting the needs of your community.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate effective communication strategies within therapautic relationships.
  2. Record comprehensive documentation and determine the appropriate referral to allow for continuity of care.
  3. Determine the barriers, psychosocial factors and cultural healthcare disparities that can impact a patient's well being
  4. Assess the need for patient education, health promotion and community engagement projects

Graduate Diploma is now the standard requirement for many state ambulance services for advanced positions in the paramedic field. An emphasis has been placed on preferred candidates exceeding this requirement with a Masters degree for many new positions such as the Paramedic Practitioner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills  
4. Research      
5. Self-management    
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility    
7. Leadership    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorNatalee Williams-Claassen (n.williams-claassen@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Barriers impacting on a patient well-being:

Cultural disparity

Psychosocial Factors

Under-served Populations

Week 2 13-03-2017

Barriers impacting on a patient well-being:

Access to Healtcare

Rural, regional and remote issues

Week 3 20-03-2017

Introduction to Needs Analysis

Week 4 27-03-2017

Concept Document and Graphic Organizer development

Week 5 03-04-2017

Communication Strategies

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Communication Strategies

Presentation Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 08:00 AM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Documentation and Referral Pathways

Week 8 01-05-2017

Documentation and Referral Pathways

Week 9 08-05-2017

Proposal and Graphic Organizer development

Week 10 15-05-2017

Proposal Development

Graphic Organizer Due Friday (19 May 17) 08:00 AM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Continue with Needs Analysis Proposal Development

Week 12 29-05-2017

Continue with Needs Analysis Proposal Development

Needs Analysis Proposal Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 08:00 AM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation
Task Description

You will need to create a PowerPoint presentation of concept paper for a Community Needs Analysis Project that you would like to undertake in your community. The needs analysis project must focus on one of the following proposed interventions: patient education, health promotion or a community engagement project. It must also incorporate one or more of the following research interest areas: the barriers, psychosocial factors and /or cultural disparities that can impact on a patient’s well- being.

Your concept paper presentation must include the following information:

· Title

· Statement of the Problem

· Preliminary Literature Review

· Research Purpose and objectives/questions

· An Abridged Methodology

· Timeline

· References

Students are reminded that to achieve a pass mark in this unit you will need to submit all assessment pieces and achieve a minimum pass mark of 50% for each assessment piece.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 08:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The presentation will be assessed in accordance with the rubric and information provided on the unit’s Moodle page. The following criteria are key points to be included:

  • The presentation should be in a PowerPoint format.
  • Recorded narration is required and you can use the Notes section to detail your thinking.
  • The presentation must address each of the main topic tasks as detailed in the task description.
  • Avoid superficial points or comments.
  • As this is a presentation, you should include images where appropriate, but these must be referenced.

The presentation has no specified length in regards to the amount of slides used but the recorded presentation should be a maximum of twenty (20) minutes to a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes in length.

This presentation is worth 30% of your overall unit mark.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Determine the barriers, psychosocial factors and cultural healthcare disparities that can impact a patient's well being

4. Assess the need for patient education, health promotion and community engagement projects

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Graphic Organizer
Task Description

You will required to develop a graphic organizer with a section for each of the following task descriptions:

· Explain the key strategy points required for effective communication in the exchange of information with both patients and other medical practitioners.

· Illustrate a referral pathway used within your community for a common chronic or low acuity disease state.

· Explain how technological advancements such as Telemedicine or eHealth assist in the delivery of evidence-based medicine with the use of a mind-map

· Demonstrate the key points required in the documentation of medical findings to ensure continuity of care.

Students are reminded that to achieve a pass mark in this unit you will need to submit all assessment pieces and achieve a minimum pass mark of 50% for each assessment piece.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 08:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

These tasks should be presented in a graphic organizer. While there is no prescribed word limit for your graphic organizer, it is expected that the document will be clear, concise and structured appropriately. It will be assessed in accordance with the rubric and information provided on the unit’s Moodle page.

This written assessment is worth 30% of your overall unit mark.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate effective communication strategies within therapautic relationships.

2. Record comprehensive documentation and determine the appropriate referral to allow for continuity of care.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Needs Analysis Proposal
Task Description

You will be required to complete and submit a research proposal for your approved Community Needs Analysis Project.

Your proposal document must include the following information:

· Field of Research and Provisional Title

· Context of the Research

· Research Purpose/Aim and Objectives

· Literature Review

· Research Methodology

· Ethical Considerations

· Timeline

· Budget

· References

Students are reminded that to achieve a pass mark in this unit you will need to submit all assessment pieces and achieve a minimum pass mark of 50% for each assessment piece.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 08:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students 16th June 2017
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

While there is no maximum word limit for your proposal, there is a minimum word count of 3000 words. The written assessment will be assessed in accordance with the rubric and information provided on the unit’s Moodle page. It should be presented in an essay format.

This written assessment is worth 40% of your overall unit mark.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Determine the barriers, psychosocial factors and cultural healthcare disparities that can impact a patient's well being

4. Assess the need for patient education, health promotion and community engagement projects

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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