Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 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.

Course code3877
Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradDipEmergHlth
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT

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.

Study mode and locationOff-campus (ALFRED)
Multi-modal (ALFRED)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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

Course coordinator

Mr Nathan Stam


  • 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 students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.


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 intensive care paramedicine stream is designed to provide the necessary education and training for the specialist intensive care qualification. The intensive care stream provides training in advanced clinical leadership and decision making as well as advanced techniques such as rapid sequence intubation, chest decompression and synchronised cardioversion. The intensive care stream enables graduates to provide the highest level of paramedic care for cardiac, respiratory, medical, trauma and environmental emergencies. 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.


This course consists of foundation units, core clinical units and electives.


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.

Intensive care paramedic stream

Students complete:

(a.) the following foundation units:

  • PAR4400 Theoretical foundations of intensive care paramedic practice
  • PAR4410 Foundations of pharmacotherapy and clinical toxicology in emergency health

(b.) the following core units:

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

(c.) two of the following elective units:

Suitable units can also be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the Handbook.

Areas of study

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course may apply to graduate with the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • 3876 Graduate Certificate in Emergency Health.


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

The actual award conferred depends on units/streams completed.