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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Family medicine is "whole person care in the context of the family and the community. Continuing care drawing on biomedical, psychological, social and environmental understandings of health." (RACGP 2004). Primary medical care in Australia, and in many other countries, is largely delivered by general practitioners and has a long and proud history as a clinical discipline. As medical information and knowledge develop, general practitioners/family physicians need to manage emerging concepts in practice as well as know how to access information and critically analyse literature. Courses in this area are intended for general practitioners wishing to expand their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to general practice. Students will gain critical appraisal skills in reference to the nature of the discipline, its daily practice, and its literature and research base to meet their own personal and professional needs, as well as the needs of the patients and the community in which they practice.


For the schedule of units required to complete a given course in this area of study, refer to the Handbook entry for the relevant course.

Relevant Courses

1759 Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine

0099 Master of Family Medicine

2677 Master of Family Medicine (Clinical)