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Critical Care Medicine

Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)*

Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)*

Master of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)*

Master of Medicine (Advanced)(Critical Care Medicine)*

Graduate Certificate in Science in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) (not available in 2019)

Graduate Diploma in Science in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) (not available in 2019)

Master of Science in Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) (not available in 2019)

Master of Science in Medicine (Advanced) (Critical Care Medicine) (not available in 2019)

* Not available to student visa holders or to international students to study offshore. International students in Australia on other visas with study rights may apply.

  Graduate Certificate Graduate Diploma Master Master (Advanced)
Credit points required to complete  24  36 48 60
Time to complete full-time  0.5 year  1 year 1 year 1.5 years
Time to complete part-time 1 - 2 years  1.5 - 3 years 2 - 4 years 2 - 5 years


The Critical Care Medicine program is tailored to the needs and interests of critical care specialists and trainees seeking further educational opportunities in emergency medicine, intensive care and anaesthetics. It is designed to produce well-rounded and analytical critical care clinicians.

The basic science curriculum of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, (ACEM), the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) is addressed, as well as a range of targeted areas e.g. Point of Care Ultrasound, Mechanical Ventilation, Extracorporeal Life Support, Retrieval Medicine, Pain Management, Clinical Reasoning and Communication and Teaching by Simulation. Many general electives are offered such as Teaching in the Clinical Environment, Writing and Reviewing Medical Papers, Psychiatry in Clinical Practice and Essential Imaging for Clinicians.

This program provides you with the opportunity to advance clinical knowledge and practice in areas of interest, as well as develop expertise in other areas important to career advancement, such as research and clinical teaching.

A great benefit of the course is the opportunity to interact with like-minded people at a similar stage in their career, sharing knowledge and skills in a supportive environment, and making key contacts with leading experts in critical care.

The Master of Medicine and the Master of Science in Medicine have different admission requirements. Only medical graduates (ie those with a recognised medical degree) may be admitted to the Master of Medicine while non-medical graduates may be admitted to the Master of Science in Medicine. Please note the Master of Science in Medicine is not currently available.

Course outcomes

The program informs your day-to-day work. You will improve your clinical acumen and skills, and gain understanding and insights into the key research that informs the practice of critical care medicine. The basic science units of study are designed to help you prepare for college primary examinations. You can tailor your degree according to the specialty that you choose to pursue. See below Pattern of Enrolment for suggestions.

The program is accredited by some of the critical care colleges – (see below).

Course information

The program is designed and delivered by leading clinicians and academics from our teaching hospitals and the University. The flexible format combines interactive online delivery with short intensive face to face teaching sessions in some units, and is perfect for clinicians whose continuing education is limited by time and distance.

The wide-ranging experience and knowledge of teaching staff ensures an up-to-date coverage of topics and issues related to clinical practice and evidence-based medicine.

All unit of study learning material is provided online and the face-to-face teaching sessions are designed to consolidate and reinforce learning outcomes as well as provide an opportunity to interact with your teachers and fellow students.


The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine has approved CEPI5100, CRIT5008 and PUBH5018 for the purpose of fulfilling the Trainee Research Requirement.

The Advanced option of the Master may be undertaken to fulfill the College of Intensive Care Medicine Formal Project requirements.

The unit of study CRIT5010 Point of Care Ultrasound satisfies the coursework required by the Australasian Society for Ultrasound Medicine (ASUM) for the Certificate of Clinician Performed Ultrasound (CCPU) in all listed modules, apart from basic echo.

Further enquiries

Dr Khanh Nguyen
Phone: +61 2 9351 1964