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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 titleMEmergHlth
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)3 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.


This course is designed for emergency health practitioners interested in improving their clinical knowledge and aspiring to leadership positions in their field of practice. Students will have the opportunity to examine emergency health care from clinical and systems perspectives using local and international context and be able to enrol in a stream of study relevant to emergency health that advances their clinical knowledge. In the last year of the course students will study clinical research in emergency health and have the option of undertaking a clinical project or studying clinical improvement, education or leadership to develop the professional attributes and skills required to practice at an advanced level.


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

  • demonstrate the characteristics of a critical and reflective practitioner engaging in life-long learning within a dynamic emergency health environment
  • apply an evidence-based analytical approach to the exercise of clinical judgement and decision-making in the delivery of emergency health care
  • use local and international frames of reference to evaluate the trends and drivers of emergency health practice within an integrated emergency medical system
  • demonstrate the professional attributes required of an advanced clinical practitioner in emergency health
  • perform in their role as an advanced clinical practitioner in emergency health, through the detailed exploration of clinical improvement methods, clinical education practice and/or clinical leadership
  • undertake an advanced clinical practitioner role, through the completion of elective units of study.


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.


The course consists of a core unit and electives. Some of the required electives may be taken to form a particular stream.


Student complete all of the following:

(a.) 48 points comprising at least 24 from the courses listed below:*

  • 3876 Graduate Certificate in Emergency Health (only in the following streams: general; aeromedical retrieval; emergency and disaster preparedness)
  • 3877 Graduate Diploma in Emergency Health (only in the following streams: general; MICA paramedic; emergency preparedness and disaster health)

* Students who do not elect to study a particular stream (ie as outlined for each of the above courses) but undertake a general stream, must enrol in the core unit MEH4306 (Integrated emergency medical system).

(b.) 24 points of level five units as follows:

  • MEH5010 Clinical research in emergency health services

plus one of the following options:

  • three electives
  • one elective plus a 12-point clinical project

Elective units

All listed units are six points unless otherwise indicated.

  • MEH5020 Clinical improvement in emergency health services
  • MEH5030 Clinical education in emergency health services
  • MEH5040 Clinical leadership in emergency health services
  • MEH5050 Emergency health services clinical project* (12 points)

Clinical project

Students interested in undertaking the clinical project elective will be required to discuss their proposed topic with the course coordinator to identify their choice of electives. Generally, students undertaking a project related to clinical improvement will be required to enrol in MEH5020. Students undertaking a project related to paramedic education will be required to enrol in MEH5030. Students undertaking a project with a clinical leadership focus will be required to enrol in MEH5040 in emergency health services. Students undertaking a project related to disaster management will be required to enrol in MEH5060.


Master of Emergency Health