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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Prof Frank Archer


This is a core unit of the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Medicine. The unit introduces the principles of emergency management and the management of multiple casualties, including incidents involving hazardous materials. These principles will be applied in a case-based approach to a sample of recent major events, in Australia, Oceania and/or Asia. The unit will use the Bradt model as a framework and include the use of table-top exercises to demonstrate and apply the principles of Major Incident Management. An overview of issues in international responses will be involved.


On completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the variety of responses to major incidents from both the emergency and health care sectors and how these sectors collaborate to manage major events.
  2. Examine the process of managing the health service response to major events or disasters.
  3. Outline the spectrum of medical, public health, psychological and behavioural problems which may be encountered during common major events, locally in Australia, Oceania and Asia.


3 Part Assignment (2,500 words)(45%)
Assignment (2,500 - 3,000 words)(55%)

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Francis Archer

Contact hours

On-campus students:
156 hours including 3 day full-time block release, supported by online tutorials using MUSO.

Off-campus students:
Students are required to spend 12 hours per week on this unit working through self-directed learning materials, participating in tutorials through MUSO and in preparation of unit assessment tasks (156 hours total).

Students must complete the one day attendance hurdle requirement to participate in the table-top (emergotrain) exercise.

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students must complete the one day attendance hurdle requirement to participate in the table-top (emergotrain) exercise.