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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 titleGradDipEmergHlth
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationMulti-modal (Peninsula)
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 0690; email or visit

Course coordinator

Ms Ingrid Brooks


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.
  • Depending on the units studied, student may be required to undertake off-campus clinical placements.


This course will support students in improving their clinical practice and knowledge related to the delivery of emergency health services and help prepare them for clinical leadership positions. The student will explore clinical practice within an integrated emergency medical system and consider the issues and trends that influence scope of practice and service delivery. Students will be able to select streams of study relevant to the emergency health services context, to meet both their learning needs and interests.


By the completion of this course, the graduate will be able to:

  • critically explore their practice role from the perspective of broader population and health system demands on care delivery within an integrated emergency health system
  • critically review their clinical practice against current evidence
  • apply knowledge gained through the completion of elective units of study to their practice context
  • work collaboratively within an integrated emergency health system at an advanced level.

In addition, graduates of the intensive care paramedic stream, will be able to:

  • apply an appropriate ethical and professional construct as an emergency care provider to their clinical practice
  • recognize and assess appropriate symptom-syndrome patterns in patients with sudden illness or injury, and initiate advanced life support measures
  • demonstrate the use of advanced clinical problem solving processes and the integration of theory, practical skills and clinical competence
  • develop an awareness of the responses of patients and families to acute, life-threatening illness/injury, in a diverse cultural community
  • contribute to and utilise outcomes from quality management and clinical audit strategies, information technology and research programs
  • critically evaluate the relevance of research findings within the context of community-based emergency health.


Assessment will be a mixture of written assignments and examinations, For clinical units, clinical simulation and professionalism assessment will form part of the assessment mix.


Students undertake one of three streams of study comprised of core and elective units.


General stream

Students complete 48 credit points comprising the following if they wish to exit with the award of Graduate Diploma in Emergency Health:

Core unit

Elective units

  • 42 credit points, comprising a minimum of 18 credit points offered by the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice (DCEHPP) from units in course 3876 Graduate Certificate in Emergency Health (not including units in the 'Medical' stream)

Emergency preparedness and disaster health stream

Students complete 48 credit points comprising the following if they wish to exit with the award of Graduate Diploma in Emergency Health (Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Health):

Core units

  • MDM4010 Introduction to the principles of emergency preparedness and disaster medicine
  • MDM4020 Emergency preparedness
  • MDM4030 Major incident management
  • MDM4040 Disaster recovery
  • MEH4306 Emergency medical system

Elective units

At least two elective units from the following:

  • MDM4050 Primary health care for CBRNE events
  • MDM4060 Mass gatherings health care
  • MDM4070 Responding to international disasters and humanitarian crises
  • MDM4080 Clinical care in mass casualty events

A maximum of two elective units from the following:

  • ECX9720 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • IDA4120 Community development in a globalising world
  • MPH2048 Primary health care in developing countries
  • MPH2050 Health of women and children in developing countries
  • MPH2051 Communicable diseases control in developing countries
  • MPH2053 Public health in refugee settings
  • MPH2055 Health ethics and human rights

Intensive care paramedic stream

Students complete the following eight core units if they wish to exit with the award of Graduate Diploma in Emergency Health (MICA Paramedic):

Core units

  • MEH4306 Integrated emergency medical
  • MEH4308 Clinical practicum (existing unit)*
  • PAR4301 Theoretical foundations of MICA paramedic practice
  • PAR4302 Management of emergency cardiac
  • PAR4303 Management of emergency trauma and environmental conditions
  • PAR4304 Management of emergency medical conditions
  • PAR4305 Management of paediatric and obstetric patients
  • PAR4307 MICA Paramedic clinical practicum

* Note: This unit is a core unit for existing practicing MICA Paramedics (pre-graduate diploma) who are undertaking the Graduate Diploma Conversion Program.


Graduate Diploma in Emergency Health (MICA Paramedic)

Graduate Diploma in Emergency Health

Graduate Diploma in Emergency Health (Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Health)

Where more than one award is listed the actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.