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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMFM(Clin)
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)3 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Administrative officer, Graduate Studies - Department of General Practice: Telephone +61 3 8575 2216; email or visit

Course coordinator

Professor Leon Piterman


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.


The Department of General Practice offers this program to general practitioners who wish to expand knowledge, and skills, in areas relevant to general practice, and provides the opportunity to develop clinical and teaching skills within a general practice setting.


On completion of this course, graduates should be able to:

  • accurately define and describe the nature of the discipline of general practice including its history, philosophy and practice
  • compare and contrast general practice with other medical specialties
  • appreciate the significance of patient centeredness in differentiating general practice from other disciplines
  • understand the role of the general practitioner as the gatekeeper of the health care system and the implications of this role in providing cost effective primary medical care to the community
  • appreciate the nature and scope of general practice research including similarities and differences to research in other medical disciplines
  • practice critical appraisal of literature and evidence for daily practice
  • carry out clinical audits as a means of quality assurance of medical practice as well as means of gaining the skill of reflective learning
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills in a number of chosen areas of special interest as defined in the objectives and content of individual elective subjects of this course
  • demonstrate an understanding of the theories of learning and teaching and their application to teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and members of the community in aspects of Family Medicine.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have successfully completed course 1759 Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine will be granted the 48 credits. Those students not articulating from the Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine will be granted up to 36 credit points. Credit applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Credit applications for RPL will be considered on an individual basis.


Assessment includes coursework participation, formal assignments, special projects and audits.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited With The Royal Australia College Of General Practitioners Quality Assurance Continuing Professional Development Program.


The coursework includes three compulsory core units (36 points) and 36 points of elective units/modules as listed below.


Core units

  • MFM2000 Principles of general practice
  • MFM2006 Introduction to research methods
  • MFM2007 Learning and teaching

Elective units


All modules are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine providing all requirements for that award have been met.


Master of Family Medicine (Clinical)