Graduate Certificate in Disaster and Terror Medicine

What will I study?


What will you learn?

By studying this course, you will develop essential problem-solving skills and expertise in this specialist area, including logistics, prevention, planning, responses, recovery, and policy development. You will gain an understanding of domestic and international factors involved in managing complex disaster and terror events within a clinical setting.

The Graduate Certificate in Disaster and Terror Medicine is delivered online, with an intensive 8-day face-to-face program giving you the opportunity to put what you've learned into practice via a series of bespoke workshops.

Led by Australian and internationally renowned experts, you'll apply your newly-acquired knowledge to a series of practical activities and simulation exercises designed to test your ability to problem-solve across a range of disaster management situations, including active shooter mass casualty simulations, and hazardous materials training.

You will learn how to:

  • Recognise, assess, and respond to complex disaster and terror management situations from a clinical and healthcare management perspective.
  • Apply a clear ethical framework to crisis situations, increasing your capacity to make highly effective decisions, supported by a strong understanding of disaster response methodology.
  • Identify the different roles key stakeholders play across a range of disaster management situations, allowing you to shape organisational response across cross-functional teams in clinical settings.
  • Compare and contrast treatment and management regimes for a comprehensive range of natural and man-made disasters and terror events.
  • Utilise clinical and health service design and implementation processes for preventing, planning, responding to, and managing complex disaster and terror events.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognise and apply disaster and terror medicine principles, considering the various health systems and challenges in managing disaster incidents and countering terrorism.
  • Analyse the factors that underpin the level of organisational response and the principles that are applied to prevent, manage, contain and diffuse the impact of complex disasters in clinical settings.
  • Devise methods to address the complex physical and psychological factors involved in aftercare and recovery post-event.
  • Develop creative and flexible problem‐solving and leadership skills to lead cross-functional teams in times of crisis, in a range of environmental, geographic, and often dangerous, settings.
  • Demonstrate clinical leadership skills applicable to disaster situations.
  • Devise methods to manage toxicological emergencies.
  • Evaluate the ethical and public affairs impact of complex disasters.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Disaster and Terror Medicine is comprised of four compulsory subjects (50 credit points):

An alternative exit pathway is available through the Specialist Certificate in Disaster and Terror Medicine (six months part time).


This course can be completed in twelve months of part-time study.

The expected workload when studying part time is approximately 20 hours per week, including all readings and assessments.