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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Erin Smith


This is a core unit in the Graduate Certificate of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Medicine. The unit begins by outlining the classification and scope of major events that actually, or potentially, threaten the health status of a community. Through the principles of risk assessment and vulnerability reduction the unit will apply these principles to a sample of recent major events in Australia, Oceania and/or Asia to develop the principles of emergency preparedness and capacity building. A major consideration will be exploring effective communication with the community in times of emergency preparedness or major events.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the concepts required for Risk-based Planning and Vulnerability Reduction in Disasters.
  2. Discuss the application of risk assessment and vulnerability reduction in potential hazards in their local environments, Australia, Oceania and Asian major events.
  3. Identify the range of issues in establishing effective community communication in times of Emergency Preparedness of Major Events.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Ingrid Brooks

Contact hours

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).