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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 titleGradDipFamMed
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Administrative officer, Graduate Studies - Department of General Practice: Telephone +61 3 9902 4495, +61 3 8575 2216; Email: or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Lynette Clearihan


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.


This course, offered by the Department of General Practice, has been specifically designed for general practitioners who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to general practice and meet the needs of patients and the community.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  • accurately define and describe the nature of the discipline of general practice including its history, philosophy and practice
  • compare and contrast general practice with other medical specialties
  • appreciate the significance of patient centeredness in differentiating general practice from other disciplines
  • understand the role of the general practitioner as the gatekeeper of the health care system and the implications of this role in providing cost-effective primary medical care to the community
  • recognise the potential for growth in the academic aspects of general practice in the future and the contribution that graduates from this course can make to this growth
  • appreciate the nature and scope of general practice research including similarities and differences to research in other medical disciplines
  • acquire knowledge and skills in a number of chosen areas of special interest as defined in the elective units of this course.

Maximum credit allowed

24 credit points


Assessment is by coursework participation, assignments and audit completion.

Professional recognition

Accredited with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Quality Assurance and Continuing Professional Development program.


This course comprises:

  • two core units (24 points)
  • 24 points of either 12-credit-point elective units or 6-credit-point elective modules as listed below.


Core units

  • MFM2000 Principles of general practice
  • MFM2006 Introduction to research methods

Elective units


Minimum grade for articulation

A minimum result of 65 per cent in MFM2006 is required for articulation to the masters program.

Progression to further studies

This course articulates with the Master of Family Medicine 0099.


Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine