Graduate Certificate in Disaster and Terror Medicine

Course overview

  • 1 year part time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Summer Intake - January


Equip yourself with evidence-based best practice to confidently respond to disaster and terror events - online with in-person intensives.

The knowledge and experience of disaster and terror medicine specialists is crucial when managing crisis events in community and healthcare environments. Health practitioners, service managers, policy makers, and leaders must have the skills to respond quickly and decisively.

The Graduate Certificate in Disaster and Terror Medicine is a unique program and part of a suite of courses from The University of Melbourne that provide an evidence-based introduction to the key elements of this specialty.

Developed by the Department of Critical Care in consultation with industry, this course draws on the extensive knowledge and real-world experience of Australian and international experts, including leading emergency physician, Professor George Braitberg AM, who heads up the department's emergency medicine program.

Online delivery provides you with the flexibility to fit study around work and personal commitments. Your online learning experience will be further enriched with an intensive 8-day face-to-face program (two days per subject), which provides you with the opportunity to put what you've learned into practice through a series of bespoke workshops that can also be undertaken as standalone, assessment-free programs.

Please note this course has been approved for 680 CPD hours by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM CPD hours) and the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM CPD Accreditation Category 1B: Active or Interactive Self Learning). The course can also be claimed towards CPD for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).

Course aims

This course is designed to equip you with essential skills to prepare your health service, community, or organisation for natural disasters and terror events, and to effectively manage and recover from such events when they occur.

Who is this course for?

Disaster and Terror Medicine is a system-orientated specialty that intersects clinical medicine and a diverse group of emergency responding agencies. The course is relevant to critical care clinicians (including doctors, nurses, clinical leaders); emergency services (including paramedics, emergency responders); hospital administrators; government and policy makers; social workers; and the military.

“The need for a unique course such as this is unfortunately self-evident. It is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’ an event will occur. As clinicians, administrators and officials who are charged with ensuring the safety of our community, understanding the principles of disaster and terror management, will mitigate the impact when these events happen.” Professor Braitberg AM.