PARA322 - Major Incident and Disaster Management
Teaching Organisation 150 hours of focussed learning
Major incidents, both natural and human-made, are becoming more common often resulting in large scale mass casualty incidents. Major incidents are not day-to-day occurrences and as such require a specialist approach. Paramedics are often the first responders to mass casualty incidents. As such they require specialised theoretical and technical knowledge of major incident and disaster management, an understanding of their role in this context and an ability to apply their knowledge and skills to manage the incident in order to minimise harm.
This unit integrates the principles and procedures of major incident and disaster medical response and management. The focus will be on the implementation of major incident response plans for a large scale multi-casualty incidents and principles of risk assessment and minimisation will be applied. This unit will also explore scene control and complex management of events requiring the support of other emergency agencies and application of triage principles where resources are limited.