Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 and 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)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Multi-modal (Alfred Hospital)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or visit:

Course coordinator

Peter Jurkovsky


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • The MICA paramedic stream is only available to students sponsored by Ambulance Victoria and Tasmanian Ambulance Service.
  • 1 year full time or 2 years part time. This course must be completed in a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

  • apply an appropriate ethical and professional construct as an emergency care provider to the field of community based emergency health
  • demonstrate personal and professional development through critical review of their own clinical practice and identification of suitable learning experiences to meet their developmental needs
  • identify local and global networks that support and enhance community based emergency health practice
  • demonstrate clinical competence in the community based emergency health setting using a patient-centric, systematic clinical approach, that utilises effective communication techniques and advanced clinical problem solving
  • identify, describe, design and evaluate enhancements to community based emergency health practice using the best available evidence and appropriate frameworks
  • review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise a variety of resources in order to respond to community based emergency health issues.


Assessment will be a mixture of written assignments and examinations. Clinical units, clinical simulation and professionalism assessment will form part of the assessment mix.


This course consists of two foundation units, four core clinical units and two electives from the Graduate Diploma Emergency Health elective suite.

Areas of study


Paramedicine stream

Students must complete:

Suitable units can also be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the Handbook. Note: Some units may require permission from the owning faculty. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; postgraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 4-5.

Intensive care paramedic stream

Students complete the following foundation units:

Summer semester

  • PAR4400 Theoretical foundations of intensive care paramedic practice
  • PAR4410 Pharmacological basis of intensive care paramedicine

Student compete the following core units:

Semester one

  • PAR4420 Emergency management of cardiac conditions
  • PAR4430 Emergency management of respiratory conditions
  • PAR4440 Emergency management of trauma and environmental conditions
  • PAR4480 Emergency management of medical conditions

plus two of the following elective units:

  • PAR4450 Emergency management of paediatric and obstetric patients
  • PAR4470 Intensive care paramedicine clinical practicum
  • PAR4490 Extended care paramedicine 1
  • PAR4200 Introduction to aeromedical and retrieval concepts
  • PAR4210 Aeromedical and retrieval professional practice
  • PAR4230 Aeromedical and retrieval coordination
  • PAR4240 Aeromedical retrieval rescue
  • any unit from relevant graduate programs within the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practiceor, the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and/or the University as approved by the course coordinator.


Graduate Diploma of Emergency Health (Intensive Care Paramedic)
Graduate Diploma of Emergency Health (Paramedicine)

Where more than one award is listed the actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.