Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please 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 or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitVictorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
OfferedSouthbank Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Morris Odell

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For further information please contact the Postgraduate Course Administrator via email postgrad.courses@vifm.org or phone 03 9684 4115.


The aim of this unit is to present the medical issues applicable to road safety. The topics covered include the law and policing practices, driving skills and the impact of alcohol, other drugs and medical conditions on these skills, the effects of ageing on fitness to drive, interpretation of traffic injuries, the principles of traffic engineering and road trauma epidemiology.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. display an understanding of the history of road trauma and the counter measures introduced to combat the road toll;
  2. show familiarity with road safety legislation;
  3. evaluate policing practices impacting on road safety;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the effects of a range of medical conditions upon driving skills with particular reference to licensing;
  5. evaluate the effects of alcohol and other drugs upon driving skills;
  6. display a comprehension of the procedures and practice of investigating vehicle collisions;
  7. interpret common injury patterns resulting from road trauma;
  8. evaluate blood alcohol and drug levels with regard to the effects on driving skills;
  9. display an understanding of drug toxicology.


Assignments / essays (80%)
Presentations (10%)
Casebook workbook (10%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory 2 day workshop.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


This is a postgraduate course restricted to registered medical practitioners.

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