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Graduate Diploma in Wound Care

Course code: 2984 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipWoundCare ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Pharmacy

Study mode and course location

Off-campus (Parkville - P/T only)

Course description

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to enable health professionals to effectively manage acute and chronic wounds. The course builds on the Graduate Certificate in Wound Care, and students have the opportunity to undertake elective units relevant to their area of practice. Students enrolled in the graduate diploma have the option to exit with a graduate certificate when the requirements for that award are completed. Students who achieve a minimum of a credit grade in all Graduate Diploma units may progress to the Master of Wound Care after completing the requirements for the graduate diploma.

Course objectives

At the completion of the Graduate Diploma in Wound Care students will be able to: demonstrate high level problem solving skill for clients with complex wounds; utilise a systematic approach to perform an advanced assessment of a clients with a wound; develop an appropriate plan of wound care in collaboration with the client and the multidisciplinary team; demonstrate clinical competency in practical wound care techniques; evaluate the outcomes of care for clients with complex wounds.

Credit for prior learning

Applicants may apply for advanced standing or credit for previous studies undertaken in the previous five years, or recognition of prior learning. The maximum proportion that can be awarded for advanced standing is 50 per cent of the requirements for the award. No more than 25 per cent of the requirements for the award will normally be granted for advanced standing based on the recognition of prior learning. All applications for advanced standing will be considered on an individual basis by the faculty.

Course structure

In addition to full completion of the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Wound Care (see above), students are required to complete four core units and 6 points of elective units to qualify for the graduate diploma.

Practical wound care training and assessment (VCW1127.html">VCW1127) requires students to attend a five-day on-campus/residential course at the Parkville campus. They will undertake supervised clinic observation, seminar workshops and assessment in various aspects of wound related topics during these five days.

Course requirements

Core units

  • VCW1106 Systemic medication and wound healing
  • VCW1108 Nutrition and wound healing
  • VCW1127.html">VCW1127 Practical wound care training and assessment
  • VCG5011 Evidence based practice

Elective units

Assessment is by assignments, online activities, and completion of competency tasks during the residential week.

Up to 12 points can be taken as non-award units. On any future enrolment into the award course, credit may be given for any non-award units studied.

Contact details

Postgraduate coursework coordinator, telephone +61 3 9903 9509, email or visit