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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 Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Managing facultyPharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abbreviated titleMWoundCare
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)4 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Parkville)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator

Adriana Tiziani


  • International students are only able to study this course in their country of residence, however they must also be able meet visa requirements to attend a compulsory week-long residential study block in Melbourne.
  • Part-time study only. This course is normally completed in 3-4 years.
  • Students are required to attend an on-campus/residential session.


This coursework degree allows students to expand on and consolidate their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in wound care and management. Candidates undertake compulsory units in epidemiology/biostatistics and evidence-based practice and develop research skills by undertaking a clinical project.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a high level of critical analysis, problem solving and decision making related to the care of clients with complex wounds
  • utilise an evidential basis for clinical decision making in the management of people with wounds
  • demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of acute and chronic wounds from an individual and population health perspective
  • demonstrate leadership and innovation in wound care that is underpinned by continuous quality improvement framework.

Credit for prior studies

Applicants may apply for credit for prior studies undertaken in the previous five years. The maximum credit that can be awarded is 50 per cent of the requirements for the award. Students are normally granted credit for units completed in the Graduate Diploma in Wound Care and are required to complete an additional five core units to qualify for the Master of Wound Care.

Recognition of prior learning

No more than 25 per cent of the requirements for the award will normally be granted for credit based on the recognition of prior learning undertaken in the last five years. All applications for credit will be considered on an individual basis by the faculty.


PGW5127 (Practical wound care training and assessment) requires students to attend a five-day on-campus/residential course at the Parkville campus. They will undertake supervised clinic observation and seminar workshops (theoretical and practical) in various aspects of wound related topics during these five days.


Students complete:

  • core units (60 points)
  • a range of elective units (12 points).

Students are required to develop a research proposal for a wound-related research project, write a project/grant proposal, and in some cases write and submit an ethics proposal and gain ethics approval from their practice site and from Monash University.

Students will present work in progress to a panel, conduct a literature review, and present a final verbal report of the research undertaken and submit a written report of their research project.


Core units

  • ECX9720 Introduction to epidemiology/biostatistics
  • PGC5001 Evidence based practice
  • PGC6007 Introduction to clinical research
  • PGC6008 Clinical research II
  • PGC6009 Clinical research III
  • PGW1101 Biology of wound healing
  • PGW1102 Wound assessment
  • PGW1103 Wound dressings
  • PGW1104 Management of acute wounds
  • PGW1105 Management of chronic wounds
  • PGW5106 Systemic medication and wound healing
  • PGW5108 Nutrition and wound healing
  • PGW5127 Practical wound care training and assessment
  • PGW6122 Advanced clinical practice in wound care

Elective units

  • PGP5014 Clinical educator preparation
  • PGW1109 Dermatology
  • PGW1111 Alternative therapies
  • PGW1112 Scar management
  • PGW1113 Non-healing ulcers and pain management
  • PGW1116 Diabetic foot
  • PGW1123 Management of burns
  • PGW1126 Clinical risk management and wound care
  • PGW1130 Pressure ulcer prediction, prevention and management

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit 2982 Graduate Certificate in Wound Care or 2984 Graduate Diploma in Wound Care if they have met the requirements for the relevant course.


Master of Wound Care