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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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 titleMMed
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationMulti-modal (Alfred Hospital)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Dr Joel Symons (; Tel: 9076 3176)

Dr Rishi Mehra (; Tel:9076 3176)

Professor Paul Myles (; Tel: 9076 3176)

Course coordinator

Dr Joel Symons,Dr Rishi Mehra and Professor Paul Myles


  • 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.
  • This course is predominantly online and requires students to attend one weekend of attendance at the conclusion of each unit at Monash University Alfred Campus


This course is designed to meet the needs of registered medical and health practitioners by equipping its candidates to work competently and effectively in the ever-changing medical environment.

Perioperative Medicine:

Surgical patients are getting older and sicker. Many clinicians caring for surgical patients are challenged by the growing complexity of these patients, particularly their perioperative management. Pre-admission clinics are responding, and perioperative medicine is becoming an emerging field. This Masters course will address deficiencies in this area. This course will be conducted by Monash University (Academic Board of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine), in conjunction with the Alfred Hospital's Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (Director Prof Paul Myles).


Key objectives of the perioperative medicine component are:

1. Provide clinicians with information to care for the growing complexity of surgical patients

2. Provide a greater understanding of the importance and functioning of the pre-admission clinic

3. Equip the perioperative physician to risk stratify and optimize care of the patient in the perioperative period.

4. Collaboratively manage the patient in the perioperative period, in particular the perioperative management of patients with acute medical, cardiac, and other organ dysfunction.

5. Equip the perioperative physician with the managerial skills to lead a multidisciplinary perioperative management team

6. Equip the perioperative physician with basic research skills to further perioperative medicine research

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) for unit POM5001 Perioperative management of the cardiac patient will apply to all students who have successfully completed the Short Course in Perioperative Medicine.


This course comprises four compulsory core units and elective units .


Core units:

POM5001 Perioperative medicine for the cardiac patient

POM5002 Acute perioperative medicine

POM5003 Organ dysfunction 1

POM5004 Organ dysfunction 2

Elective Units:

Select 4 from:

MPH2013 Research methods

MPH1040 Introductory epidemiology

MPH1041 Introductory biostatistics

MPH2066 Clinical leadership and management

MPH2067 Principles of healthcare quality improvement

MPH2085 Human factors for patient safety

Assessment of the core units will be through a combination of online essays and case studies as well as assessments during the weekend block components.

Areas of Study


Master of Medicine

The actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, the timing of study, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.