Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; 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 area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Offered bySchool of Biomedical Sciences


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has described family medicine as "whole person care in the context of the family and the community. Continuing care drawing on biomedical, psychological, social and environmental understandings of health".

Primary medical care in Australia, and in many other countries, is largely delivered by general practitioners and has a long and proud history as a clinical discipline. As medical information and knowledge develop, general practitioners/family physicians need to manage emerging concepts in practice as well as know how to access information and critically analyse literature.

Courses in this area of study are intended for general practitioners wishing to expand their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to general practice. Students gain critical appraisal skills in reference to the nature of the discipline, its daily practice, and its literature and research base, to meet their own personal and professional needs, as well as the needs of the patients and the community in which they practice.


For the schedule of units required to complete a given course in this area of study, refer to the Handbook entry for the relevant course.

Contact details

Administrative officer, Graduate Studies - Department of General Practice: telephone +61 3 9902 4495; email: or visit

Research Degrees Office: telephone +61 3 9905 4313; email or visit

Relevant courses

  • 2970 Master of Biomedical Science (Part 1)*
  • 2977 Master of Biomedical Science*
  • 0099 Master of Family Medicine
  • 3438 Master of Philosophy*
  • 3852 Doctor of Medicine (Supervised)*
  • 0047 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.