School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Medicine Research

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Medicine Research is an innovative part-time postgraduate course, commencing in 2013, which is designed for emergency and critical care nurses, emergency medicine and critical care trainees and specialists, paramedics and other health professionals.

This course will teach the skills necessary for successful students to undertake clinical research and apply research evidence to clinical practice. It will be taught by experienced emergency and critical care clinicians with extensive research track records, many of whom also have local and national awards for teaching excellence. 

The program aims to train students to become critical consumers of the clinical research literature, to apply research evidence to clinical practice and to develop the skills necessary to undertake clinical research. It involves a mix of teaching and learning practices, which will vary depending on the unit. The content emphasises an emergency and prehospital care context to ensure interest, active learning, and relevance to participants’ clinical practice. 


The components of the course include (interactive) lectures, collaborative small group activities, computing laboratory sessions, prescribed reading and online discussions. The two emergency medicine research core units will include an online component and a (compulsory) one week full-time intensive teaching period. A total value of 24 points is required to complete the course comprising three core units (18 points) and one option unit (6 points).

Why the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Medicine Research?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • search for and critically appraise clinical research papers within an evidence-based medicine framework;
  • write a clinical research proposal, human research ethics committee submission and grant application;
  • select the appropriate study design for clinical research questions;
  • appropriately manage and analyse research data; and
  • apply the principles of good clinical research practice to emergency medicine/pre-hospital care research.

Contact Details

Further information can be obtained from the 2013 Postgraduate Handbook or by contacting Winthrop Professor Tony Celenza via email or telephone (08) 9346 4354.


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