Medical & Paramedical Sciences
ECU's Medical Sciences offers a range of courses including Biomedical Science, Medical Science and Paramedical Science, laying the groundwork to careers in medicine, medical science, research, education and emergency medical services. We boast outstanding facilities including industry-standard science laboratories and dedicated emergency training areas, as well as state‑of‑the‑art equipment.
ECU's anatomy licence enhances practical learning
In November 2012, ECU was granted an anatomy licence that allows staff and students to use human bodies in the teaching of health courses, significantly enhancing practical learning experiences for students.
The licence was granted by the WA Minister for Health, Dr Kim Hames, making ECU's School of Medical Science an authorised school of anatomy in Western Australia.
Paramedical Science on-campus emergency training resources
The School of Medical Sciences, in conjunction with ECU Health Simulation Centre, has developed simulation-based resources to enhance clinical learning practices for undergraduate Paramedical students. Students have access to state‑of‑the‑art equipment including ambulances based on campus, offering an authentic emergency services training environment.
Medical Science students learn in state‑of‑the‑art facilities
ECU's science laboratories are equipped to train students in the areas of microbiology, genetics, histology and biochemistry.
Students have access to microbiology equipment for the isolation, purification and identification of microbiological organisms, and for the extraction, purification and amplification of DNA.
ECU also houses facilities for electrophoresis, fluorescence microscopy and digital imaging, in addition to a fully‑equipped histology laboratory.
ECU's Partnerships Ensure the Road is Open for Medical Science Students
At ECU, we engage with commercial and research interests in the fertility industry. Both Concept Fertility Centre and Fertility North are set to provide Medical Sciences students with a range of educational opportunities including the chance to participate in research projects, receive lectures from scientific directors and, most recently, undertake workplace internships as part of their third‑year course.
ECU Welcomes a New Science Course
Commencing in Semester 1 2013, ECU's new Bachelor of Medical Science degree is a three-year course that can be studied full‑time or part-time, providing pathways to medicine and other health professions, medical research and diagnostics, and the health industry.
Medical Science at ECU is a laboratory-based course where students have access to world-class laboratories equipped with the latest and most advanced technology available.
Bravery Award for ECU Paramedical Science Student
In June 2010, our Paramedical Science student Donelle Carver was called to an incident involving a man who had fallen down a concrete pump shaft at a construction site, resulting in life-threatening injuries.
Without hesitation, Donelle applied the skills and emergency training she learned throughout her Paramedical Science qualification, venturing ten metres down the shaft via a local contractor's dogman cage to secure and help free the patient by pulling him into the cage. Donelle then provided additional medical assistance to the patient on the flight to Royal Perth Hospital.
Local trauma surgeon Dr Sudhaka Rao noted that Donelle's actions, in all likelihood, saved the patient's life. Furthermore, St John Ambulance awarded her with the St John Ambulance Award for Bravery.