Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the 2012 handbook change register for details.

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 titleGradDipEmergHlth
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationMulti-modal (Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 0690; email or visit

Course coordinator

Ms Ingrid Brooks


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.
  • Depending on the units studied, students may be required to undertake off-campus clinical placements.


This course will support students in improving their clinical practice and knowledge related to the delivery of emergency health services and help prepare them for clinical leadership positions. The student will explore clinical practice within an integrated emergency medical system and consider the issues and trends that influence scope of practice and service delivery. In 2012 only the MICA paramedic stream is available; graduates will have this named award recorded on their testamur.


By the completion of this course, the graduate will be able to:

  • critically explore their practice role from the perspective of broader population and health system demands on care delivery within an integrated emergency health system
  • critically review their clinical practice against current evidence
  • apply knowledge gained through the completion of elective units of study to their practice context
  • work collaboratively within an integrated emergency health system at an advanced level.

In addition, graduates of the MICA paramedic stream, will be able to:

  • apply an appropriate ethical and professional construct as an emergency care provider to their clinical practice
  • recognise and assess appropriate symptom-syndrome patterns in patients with sudden illness or injury, and initiate advanced life support measures
  • demonstrate the use of advanced clinical problem solving processes and the integration of theory, practical skills and clinical competence
  • develop an awareness of the responses of patients and families 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 eight core units.


MICA paramedic stream

Core units

  • MEH4306 Integrated emergency medical systems
  • MEH4308 Clinical practicum*
  • PAR4301 Theoretical foundations of MICA paramedic practice
  • PAR4302 Management of emergency cardiac conditions
  • PAR4303 Management of emergency trauma and environmental conditions
  • PAR4304 Management of emergency medical conditions
  • PAR4305 Management of paediatric and obstetric patients
  • PAR4307 MICA Paramedic clinical practicum

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


Graduate Diploma in Emergency Health (MICA Paramedic)