Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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 titleGradDipWoundCare
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Parkville)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator

Adriana Tiziani


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • International students are only able to study this course in their country of residence, however, they must also be able to meet visa requirements to attend a compulsory week-long residential study block in Melbourne.
  • Part-time study only. This course is normally completed in two years. Students have a maximum of four years to complete.
  • Students are required to attend an on-campus/residential session.


This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to enable health professionals to effectively manage acute and chronic wounds. The course builds on 2982 Graduate Certificate in Wound Care, and students have the opportunity to undertake elective units relevant to their area of practice.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate high level problem-solving skill for clients with complex wounds
  • utilise a systematic approach to perform an advanced assessment of a client with a wound
  • develop and communicate an appropriate plan of wound care in collaboration with the client and the multidisciplinary team
  • demonstrate clinical competency in practical wound care techniques
  • evaluate and communicate the outcomes of care for clients with complex wounds

Maximum credit allowed

24 credit points


The core unit 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 this time.


This course consists of nine core units (36 credit points) and elective units (12 credit points).

For a suggested course plan visit


Core units

  • PGC5001 Evidence based practice
  • 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

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

Minimum grade for course completion

In order to successfully complete this course, students must achieve a minimum pass grade of credit (60) in each of the following units:

  • PGW1101 Biology of wound healing
  • PGW1102 Wound assessment
  • PGW1103 Wound dressings
  • PGW1104 Management of acute wounds
  • PGW1105 Management of chronic wounds
  • elective unit(s) equivalent to 6 credit points

Minimum grade for articulation

In order to progress to 2985 Master of Wound Care, students must achieve a minimum pass grade as follows:

  • credit (60) in the first 42 credit points of the course
  • distinction (70) in PGW5127 Practical wound care training and assessment

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course early or who do not achieve the minimum pass grade for course completion exit with the following award, provided they have satisfied the requirements for this award:

  • 2982 Graduate Certificate in Wound Care after successful completion of 24 points of study.


Graduate Diploma in Wound Care