Year A Information (Gippsland)


MEDREADY is compulsory for all new to course Medicine students. At Monash, we view transition as a period of significant adjustment, development and change affecting all aspects of students’ lives.

During MEDREADY students will begin the transition process by participating in a range of activities that are designed to assist them to:

  • think about themselves as a potential doctor;
  • learn about the structure and content of the course;
  • reflect upon what it means to be a medical student;
  • learn team building and study skills;
  • become familiar with teaching, learning and assessment strategies;
  • develop social and collegiate networks to enhance their learning environment.
  • identify strategies for personal health enhancement

MEDREADY Program 2021 (compulsory)

Monday 8th February to Tuesday 9th February (2021)
Monash Rural Health Churchill (Building 3W)

Student ID CARDS

To complete enrolment International students will need to apply for a Monash University Student ID card. Domestic students have already completed a Monash University degree. However, you will need to obtain a new student ID card for the duration of your new course enrolment. You will be required to display your Monash ID Card for clinical placements, various assessments and examinations. Please refer to the attached flyer for more information on obtaining this card.

Follow the instructions on our website to get your student ID card.

Given that the Year A, Monash Rural Health - Churchill facility is located on the Federation University, Australia Gippsland Campus, students will be required to obtain a Federation University Associate ID card. This card will ensure students can access the services on campus such as the library and after-hours access to the Monash Rural Health Churchill common room and selected tutorial rooms. The Federation University ID card will need to be obtained during the first week of the semester. You will be allocated a time to present for your Fed Uni ID card and will be required to take with you a request slip from the Monash School Rural Health Churchill office.

Year A Timetable Overview 2021

Students will be invited by email to access the 2020 Year A Timetable located on a Google Calendar, this will occur around two weeks prior to your commencement. This timetable will be accessible by Moodle and / or on your electronic device. Moodle is the learning management system used by Monash University, containing lecture notes, videos, worksheets, etc. Your access to the Year A Moodle sites is also planned around this time. You will be notified by email when you have access.

Teaching and Learning in Year A in 2021

In Year A we are using active learning in the delivery of the program. We have moved away from the traditional model of students arriving unprepared to face‐to‐face didactic lectures where they passively take notes and after leaving the class try to rote learn content.

It is important for students to be aware that there are fewer lectures in the Year A program. The modes of teaching and learning are more mixed, offering students the opportunity for more active learning. Some of our approach draws from a flipped classroom style of learning, which may be quite novel for students who have come from more didactic traditional teaching environments. Students are expected to complete pre‐class activities which may include watching on‐line lectorials (our term for a shorter duration online lecture) or videos and engaging with reading material. In many Year A classes, students work individually or collaboratively in small groups to respond to questions and problems, engage in discussion or practice skills, all with the support of academic staff.

Private study time (Preparation and Revision) has been factored into the timetable.

In 2021, we expect that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to exert an influence on the Year A program. Face-to-face teaching will be limited for at least semester 1. We will prioritise clinical skills and anatomy learning for face-to-face classes. Most aspects of the program will be delivered online in synchronous live Zoom sessions and asynchronous activities to do outside of classes. We will ensure that off-shore international students have access to zoom sessions and other content recordings, up until the Australian borders reopen.

Mandatory compliance

For more information click here to visit the page.

National Police Certificate and Working with Children Card

The Victorian Department of Human Services requires all students undertaking clinical placements hold a Police Certificate (annual requirement) and a Working with Children Card. Students who fail to satisfy the requirements of either the Police Certificate or the Working with Children Card at any point during their enrolment will be referred to the Professional Behaviour Intervention Procedure and may be excluded from the program.

On enrolment, students will be sent an invitation email with instructions from Fit2Work to apply for a Police Certificate, this must be finalised prior to the commencement of placements early in Semester 1.

International Students will be required to obtain an International Criminal History Check through Fit2Work as well as a Police Certificate through Fit2Work both need to be dated current year.

The International Criminal History Check can be obtained by creating an account at here;

The Police Certificate enrolled students will receive an email from Fit2Work with instructions on completing this check. Students will need to wait until they receive this email as this coincides with their enrolment.

It is important to note that both the International Criminal Check and the Police Certificate need to be dated 2021

so students will need to wait. To assist with the process the students can have their 100 points of ID ready to complete these checks. Unfortunately we do not accept Police Certificates dated the previous year even if December or checks other than through Fit2Work.

Information on obtaining a Working with Children Card is also available on the Faculty website. Interstate applicants should refer to the section titled "Lodging a Working with Children Check application from interstate". There is no need to present the card for sighting, however students are required to carry their card with them to their placements which will commence early in Semester 1.

Further details on the Working with Children Check can be obtained by referring to the Working with Children Check Application Guide or please contact the Monash Rural Health Churchill on 03 51227445 or email to;

Note: Holders of a WWC card have a responsibility to notify the Department of Justice within 21 days of any changes to your personal details.


As a medical student you will be undertaking clinical placements therefore you must comply with procedures to minimise the risk of cross-infection of communicable diseases during your course of training.

Students are advised to commence their immunisations as soon as possible as it can take a few months to complete all the immunisation requirements. It also depends on what immunisations you have already completed. Before you come to Monash make sure that you locate your current immunisation records.

See the Faculty website for forms and instructions.

First Aid Certificates

It is highly recommended that students hold or attain by the end of Semester 1, a current registered Level 2, Provide First Aid or Senior First Aid Certificate.

The following providers are recommended: 

Australian Red Cross

St John Ambulance Australia

First Aid Management and Training Centre


Booklist 2021

Peer-to-Peer Learning

There is an expectation that students fully participate in teaching, learning and assessment activities.

In some classes, such as anatomy and clinical skills, peer-to-peer examination is a key learning activity. Please refer to Peer-to-Peer Examination Guidelines for more information.

Professional Behaviour

All students are required to familiarise themselves with the Code of Professional Conduct for Medical Students.

The Faculty aspires to promote in its students as part of their  education, the professional attitudes and behaviour expected of health  care providers. Professional behaviour, and its importance in health  service delivery, is nurtured along with the development of other high  level skills. Students are expected to be aware of and demonstrate the  professional values and qualities of doctors such as respect for others,  confidentiality, trustworthiness and dependability. At the time of  transition into year 1 and transition into the clinical years students  will be asked to read and sign the code of conduct and statement of  expectations to indicate that they are aware of the level of  professional behaviour expected of students during the Medicine program.

Further information on the Professional Behaviour Intervention Procedure is available on the Faculty Website (with click here)

Clinical Placements

Year A students commence clinical placements early in Semester 1 and will be allocated to one of six hospitals across the Gippsland region. These sites include:

    • Bass Coast Health (Wonthaggi)
    • Gippsland Health Service (Sale)
    • Gippsland Southern Health Service (Leongatha)
    • Latrobe Regional Hospital (Traralgon)
    • West Gippsland Healthcare Group (Warragul)
    • St John of God Hospital (Berwick)

Students undertake clinical placements in Year 3B, 4C and 5D of the Monash medical course. In Year 3B about 80% of students are placed in metropolitan clinical schools and their associated clinical sites.
The remaining students are placed at one of the following Monash Rural Health sites:

North West

  • Bendigo Base Hospital
  • Mildura Base Hospital

South East

  • Latrobe Regional Hospital (Traralgon)
  • West Gippsland Health Service (Warragul)
  • Gippsland Health Service (Sale)
  • Bairnsdale Hospital
  • South Gippsland Health Service (Leongatha) and their associated clinical sites which span rural areas in the north west and south east.

Placement durations vary from 1 month to full year. Students in the Extended Rural Cohort (ERC) are placed at a School of Rural Health North West (Mildura or Bendigo) site in Year 3B. ERC students are contracted to spend 2 and a half years in rural North West Victoria throughout their medical course.

Monash is bound by a Federal government requirement that all students in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) must undertake at least 4 weeks structured residential rural clinical placement. In addition, at least 25% of the Monash CSP medical student allocation must undertake a minimum of one year of clinical training in a rural area, as defined by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification - Remote Areas (ASGC-RA) 2-5.

Applicants should note that acceptance of the offer of a place in the Monash medical course indicates acceptance of the subsequent clinical placement allocation.

Semester Dates

Diversity and Inclusion

The Diversity and Inclusion unit provides students with disability support services if required. Students with short or long term disabilities should refer to this website for details about how to register.

Training to be a doctor is both physically and emotionally demanding. If students have any concerns about any impairment that might make it difficult to gain medical registration after graduation (such as a chronic illness, a disability or a criminal conviction) they are urged to speak about these important matters in confidence with the Year A Unit Coordinator A/Prof Shane Bullock. or by contacting 03 5122 7391.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Students

The Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit provides students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander with a range of support services, including academic tutoring.

Student Registration with the National Medical Board

All medical students in Australia are required to be registered with the Medical Board of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Registration is undertaken by the University annually, so students do not need to do this on an individual basis. The register of students is not publicly available. 

As well as student registration, the National Medical Board also deals with notifications about students. Notifications can include students whose health is impaired, have been charged with an offence, or have contravened a condition of student registration. For further details see the AHPRA website .

English Language Requirements for Medical Registration

To register as a medical practitioner in Australia, graduates are required to demonstrate a high level of English language competency, for further information refer to the English Language Skills registration standards, available on the AHPRA website.

Internships in Victoria

Students, including New Zealand citizens, who will not be Australian citizens or permanent residents at the time of enrolment, may not be automatically entitled to registration, internship, and access to a provider number in Australia. If these students wish to stay in Australia after graduation, they should make their own enquiries regarding their situation related to these matters as the control of this process is external to the University. For further information, please see:

Fee Information for international Medical Students

Fee Information for International Medical Students

The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (M6011/M6018) is not divided into semesters, it is a full year program.  You will be enrolled in units that run from the beginning of the calendar year to the end of October.

The census date (the last date you can withdraw from a subject without being financially liable) is 30th April - see refund policy.  Note that if you discontinue the course, or take an intermission after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund of fees.  Partial refunds will not be available.

Payment plans for international students

A payment plan is available for international and domestic full-fee paying students enrolled in these courses. This will allow you to pay your tuition fees in 2 instalments on the 15th of March and 15th of June. These dates will appear on your fees statement once you have applied and been approved for the fee payment plan.

You must apply prior to the payment due date on your fees statement each year. Information on applying for a fee payment plan is available on the Fees webpage.

NOTE: The census date (the last date you can withdraw from a subject without being financially liable) is 30th April - see refund policy. Partial refunds will not be available

Support Resources

The team at the School of Rural Health – Churchill are your designated contacts should you be experiencing any difficulties that may affect your studies. We are located in building 3W Room 235 (main office) and you are welcome to drop by for a chat, but to get you started here are a few of the online university services available:

Outside Resources

Federation University Bookshop

The Gippsland Campus bookshop provides a wide range of text books, stationery, merchandise and other materials for your convenience.

Room 4N116 Northways Road
Churchill VIC 3842

Phone: +61 3 5122 6310
Hours of operation
Mon - Fri: 9am - 43pm

Accommodation (Gippsland)

Students studying at the School of Rural Health - Churchill have access to, and are strongly encouraged to apply for, accommodation provided by Federation University Australia at the Gippsland campus. A number of accommodation options are available and for more information or to apply, please contact FedUni Living Gippsland:

Phone: +61 3 5122 6236

Campus Map

Please see attached map of the Federation University Gippsland Campus noting that the School of Rural Health – Churchill (building 3w), Monash University facility is located on this campus.

Monash Clayton Campus map.

Safety Information

Safety-Information (PDF, 0.1 MB)

Medical Equipment

All equipment is provided for the clinical skills teaching sessions, however most students prefer to buy their own stethoscope. The following stethoscope has been recommended by the Monash Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences:

Littmann 3M Classic (with a bell and a diaphragm)

Presumed Knowledge