11 October 2013

More than 40 paramedic students will converge on The University of Queensland's Ipswich Campus on 12 October for the first UQ Student Paramedic Clinical Simulation Day.

The simulation day will help students apply classroom knowledge to the real world.

Bachelor of Paramedic Science Program Director Mr Adam Rolley said the day was designed to expose students to critically ill patients in a real world example.

“Student paramedics require high levels of decision making, clinical knowledge and communication skills to be able to assess and treat their patients, and this event will further develop these areas,” Mr Rolley said.

“We have been working with local emergency services to develop scenarios which will expand the students’ knowledge of extricating patients safely from car crashes.”

A carpark on campus will be closed to the public for the day, and ‘crash’ scenes will be created.

Cases will include serious burns from a gas bottle explosion, falls, cardiac arrests, mental health crises and multi-vehicle accidents.

Actors will play the part of patients and will be made up to look as though they have been injured.

“Students from the second year of the program will work in teams of two to assess, treat patients at the scene before transporting them to the simulated emergency department on campus,” Mr Rolley said.

“The simulation day allows students to gain experience in assessing and managing critically ill patients in a safe environment.

“After every scenario the students undertake a debrief session with an experienced paramedic and are able to reflect on their knowledge, skills and abilities and learn from their mistakes.

“This assists in improving patient safety and provides a supported environment in which students are able to learn.”

The Bachelor of Paramedic Science is situated within the UQ School of Medicine and prepares graduates for employment as ambulance paramedics who can function effectively within the healthcare system.

Students prepare for paramedic practice with studies in communication, ambulance procedures and the use of ambulance equipment.

The program equips students with knowledge in anatomy, pathophysiology, public health and evidence-based practice in the first year, building a strong foundation on which to develop paramedic clinical practice in years two and three.

Case-based learning, online resources, clinical simulation and clinical placements support student development throughout the program.

Saturday, 12 October
UQ Ipswich Campus, Carpark 2
Photo Opportunity – 2.30pm-4.30pm (please contact us to confirm time and photo)

Adam Rolley, Paramedic Science Program Director, 07 3381 1029 or a.rolley1@uq.edu.au; or
Jessica Freiberg, Marketing and Development Manager UQ Ipswich, 07 3381 1068 or j.freiberg@uq.edu.au