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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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of General Practice
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Online)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter Schattner

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis.


This unit is a compulsory core unit for the Master of Family Medicine and covers the following content: the science and art of medicine, the technology and craft of medicine, health and illness, sickness and disease, aetiology, diagnosis and prognosis, concepts of healing, history and philosophy of general practice, conceptual framework of general practice, roles and tasks of the general practitioner, general practice in the community and community health, future directions of general practice and general practitioners in the university setting.


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

  1. Describe the nature of the discipline of general practice including its history, philosophy and practice.
  2. Differentiate the roles of science and art in medicine, and general practice in particular.
  3. Compare and contrast general practice with other medical specialities.
  4. Discuss the significance of patient centredness in differentiating general practice from other disciplines.
  5. Explain the role of the general practitioner as the gatekeeper of the health care system.
  6. Review the role of general practice in providing cost effective primary medical care to the community.
  7. Recognise the potential for growth in the academic aspects of general practice in the future, and the contribution that graduates from this course can make to this growth.
  8. Demonstrate the application of the theoretical principles to practical consultations in general practice.


Completion of brief written tasks based on the work of each session, week by week (49%)
Three formal assignments, based on broader concepts (1,200 words each) (51%)

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