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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 titleGradCertEmergHth
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)1 year PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Peninsula)
Off-campus (Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
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. Admission to the medical stream is restricted to overseas doctors.
  • Part-time study only.


This course is available to health professionals who are aiming to improve their clinical practice and knowledge in the delivery of emergency health services. Students can complete a general program of study or enrol in a stream of study that matches their professional background and clinical learning needs and interests. Students who complete a stream will have the named award recorded on their testamur.


On completion of the course graduates will have the knowledge, skills and attributes to:

  • apply an appropriate ethical and professional construct as an emergency care provider to the field of community based emergency health
  • develop and enhance their personal and professional development through critical review of their own clinical practice and identification of suitable learning experiences to meet their learning needs
  • prepare for an advanced clinical practitioner role having explored an area of interest related to the field of community based emergency health
  • demonstrate a patient orientated, preventive and systematic clinical approach, the use of advanced clinical problem solving processes and the integration of theory, practical skills and clinical competence
  • communicate and work effectively with other emergency services personnel and other members of the health care team in the setting of a changing health care and emergency medical services system
  • develop an awareness of the responses of patients and their relatives to acute, life-threatening illness/injury, in a diverse cultural community
  • contribute to and utilise outcomes from quality management and clinical audit strategies, information technology and research programs
  • critically evaluate the relevance of research findings within the context of community-based emergency health.


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.


This course comprises core units or core and elective units undertaken in one of four streams.


General stream

Core unit

  • MEH4306 Integrated emergency medical system

Elective units

  • 18 credit points of postgraduate electives

Students must select at least on elective unit offered by the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice. Other electives may be taken from departments in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, provided they are of the appropriate postgraduate level and approved by the course coordinator.

Aeormedical and retrieval stream*

Core units

  • PAR4201 Introduction to aeromedical and retrieval concepts
  • PAR4202 Aeromedical and retrieval - clinical
  • PAR4203 Aeromedical and retrieval practicum
  • PAR4205 Aeromedical and retreival - project

Elective units

One of:

  • PAR4204 Aeromedical retrieval - rescue
  • PAR4205 Aeromedical and retrieval - project
  • PAR4207 Aeromedical and retrieval coordination

Emergency preparedness and disaster health stream

Core units

  • MDM4010 Introduction to the principles of emergency preparedness and disaster medicine
  • MDM4020 Emergency preparedness
  • MDM4030 Major incident management
  • MDM4040 Disaster recovery

Medical stream**

Admission to the medical stream is restricted to overseas doctors selected by their own government to train in the practice of emergency medicine, at the Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre.

Core units

  • PAR4303 Management of emergency trauma and environmental conditions
  • PAR4302 Management of emergency cardiac conditions
  • PAR4304 Management of emergency medical conditions
  • MEH4308 Clinical practicum ***

* Students undertaking this stream cannot progress to studies at the diploma level in this program, but may qualify for admission to the masters.

** Students undertaking this stream cannot progress to studies at the diploma or masters levels.

*** This unit is a core unit for existing practicing MICA Paramedics (pre-graduate diploma) who are undertaking the graduate diploma conversion program.


Graduate Certificate of Emergency Health (Paramedic)

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Health (Emergency and Disaster Preparedness)

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Health

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Health (Medical)

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Health (Extreme Environments)

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Health (Aeromedical and Retrieval)

Where more than one award is listed the actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.