Graduate Diploma of Aviation Medicine - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 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.

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Admission and fees


Course progression map

M5025 (pdf)

Course type

Graduate diploma

Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

You have a maximum of 4 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

Off-campus (Alfred Hospital)


Graduate Diploma of Aviation Medicine


This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, provides medical practitioners with a comprehensive and deep knowledge of aviation medicine in all its aspects, including flight physiology, clinical and regulatory aviation medicine, human factors, accident investigation and aviation safety, and medical issues affecting aircrew and passengers in military, spaceflight and civil aviation operations.


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

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. Categorise the physiological effects of the flight environment.
  2. Classify the various physical, chemical, radiation and biological hazards in the aviation environment, and their potential effect on the health and fitness to fly of aircrew and passengers.
  3. Differentiate the legislative and regulatory aspects of aviation medicine.
  4. Discuss the principles of clinical aviation medicine, and the application of those to the aeromedical decision-making process.
  5. Explain the various human factors which influence the performance and safety of pilots.
  6. Distinguish key principles of aviation safety and aircraft accident investigation, including safety culture and safety management systems, the investigative process, pathology, toxicology, aircrew escape and survival.
  7. Discuss operational aviation medicine issues, including spaceflight, military aviation, helicopter operations, airline operations, aeromedical retrieval and air traffic control.
  8. Implement skills in research study design, literature review, data analysis, and report writing.

Professional recognition

The Faculty is seeking recognition of the Graduate Diploma of Aviation Medicine that will allow you to register with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME).


The course comprises 48 points structured into eight units.


The course comprises 48 points.

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

You must complete:

  • AVM5001 Aviation Physiology*
  • AVM5002 Hazards of Aviation Environment
  • AVM5XXX Human Factors in Aviation
  • AVM5XXX Aviation Safety and Accident Investigation
  • AVM5XXX Regulatory Aviation Medicine*
  • AVM5003 Clinical Aviation Medicine
  • AVM5XXX Operational Aviation Medicine
  • AVM5XXX Research project

* You may receive credit for these units for completion of short courses