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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 Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Managing facultyPharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abbreviated titleMWoundCare
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)3 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Parkville)
Contact details

Course coordinator

Adriana Tiziani


  • As this course is not CRICOS registered, international students are only able to study the Master of Wound Care in their home country. Please note there is a one week compulsory residential study block in Melbourne. International students must be able to meet visa requirements to undertake the residential study block. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have the appropriate visa.
  • This course is normally completed in 3-4 years (part time).
  • The unit VCW1127 requires students to attend a five-day on-campus/residential course at the Parkville campus.


This coursework degree allows students to expand on and consolidate their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in wound care and management. Candidates undertake compulsory units in epidemiology/biostatistics and evidence-based practice and develop research skills by undertaking a clinical project.


At the completion of the Master of Wound Care students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a high level of critical analysis, problem solving and decision making related to the care of clients with complex wounds
  • utilise an evidential basis for clinical decision making in the management of people with wounds
  • demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of acute and chronic wounds from an individual and population health perspective
  • demonstrate leadership and innovation in wound care that is underpinned by continuous quality improvement framework.

Credit for prior studies

Applicants may apply for credit for previous studies undertaken in the previous five years. The maximum credit that can be awarded is 50 per cent of the requirements for the award. All applications for credit will be considered on an individual basis by the faculty.

Recognition of prior learning

No more than 25 per cent of the requirements for the award will normally be granted for credit based on the recognition of prior learning undertaken in the last five years. All applications for credit will be considered on an individual basis by the faculty.

Research component

Students are required to develop a research proposal for a wound-related research project, write a project/grant proposal, and in some cases write and submit an ethics proposal and gain ethics approval from their practice site and from Monash University.

Students will present work in progress to a panel, conduct a literature review, and present a final verbal report of the research undertaken and submit a written report of their research project.


Assessment is by online activities, oral presentation, and assignments.


Students are required to complete 72 credit points that consist of:

  • core units (42 credit points)
  • a range of elective units (12 credit points)
  • a compulsory on-campus study block (6 credit points)
  • a clinical project (12credit points).

Students are normally granted credit for units completed in the Graduate Diploma in Wound Care and are required to complete an additional four core units to qualify for the Master of Wound Care.

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


Core Units

  • ECX9720 Introduction to epidemiology/biostatistics
  • VCG5011 Evidence based practice
  • VCW1101 Biology of wound healing
  • VCW1102 Wound assessment
  • VCW1103 Wound dressings
  • VCW1104 Management of acute wounds
  • VCW1105 Management of chronic wounds
  • VCW1106 Systemic medication and wound healing
  • VCW1108 Nutrition and wound healing
  • VCW1122 Advanced clinical practice in wound care
  • VCW1124 Clinical project I
  • VCW1127 Practical wound care training and assessment
  • VCW1128 Clinical project II

Elective units

  • VCW1109 Dermatology
  • VCW1111 Alternative therapies
  • VCW1112 Scar management
  • VCW1113 Non-healing ulcers and pain management
  • VCW1116 Diabetic foot
  • VCW1123 Management of burns
  • VCW1126 Clinical risk management and wound care
  • VCW1130 Pressure ulcer prediction, prevention and management

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Wound Care or Graduate Diploma in Wound Care if they have met the requirements for the relevant course.


Master of Wound Care