Monash Certificate in Environmental Health & Medicine

The Monash Certificate in Environmental Health & Medicine is a short course designed to provide doctors and other health professionals who want to gain skills and knowledge to address health relevant environmental issues related to human and industrial activity.  It will give practitioners the theoretical foundations, legal framework and practical skills in managing people who present with problems resulting from environmental sources. The course will be delivered by medical specialists and experts in the field of environmental medicine and health.

Who would benefit?

The course is designed particularly for medical practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of environmental health risks and the role of a doctor concerning environmental incidents as well as other health professionals listed below:

  • Trainees and Fellows in the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Trainees and Fellow in the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • General Practitioners
  • Health professionals with clinical roles that include health matters related to the environment
  • Hygienists
  • Safety advisors
  • Environmental health officers
  • Community nurses

Enrolment numbers will be capped at 30 participants.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this short course, participants should be able to:

  • describe well-recognised environmental influences on health in terms that take account of the nature and extent of exposure
  • take a history to reveal environmental influences on a patient's health
  • access sources of information linking health and environment and make some estimation of the reliability of such sources
  • strive to serve a patient's general health interests when acting to investigate (or to refrain from investigating) alleged environmental causes of his or her illness
  • describe the process of environmental health risk assessment and environmental health risk management
  • advise a patient, site manager and speak in a public forum in a way that acknowledges uncertainties and that explicitly distinguishes what is likely from what is just possible
  • employ effective principles of outrage management in interactions with stakeholders on environmental issues

Teaching methods

A mixture of lecture presentations, case study discussions and interactive group exercises will be used. There will be pre-reading material prior to the course to help participants develop a basic understanding before the course starts. There will be a written assessment at the conclusion of the course. This needs to be completed and passed in order to obtain a certificate of completion.

Speakers include:

  • Prof Brian Priestly, Director, Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Prof Malcolm Sim, Director, Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Dr David Goddard, Senior Lecturer, Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, and former Physician Educator (AFOEM)
  • Dr Ewan MacFarlane, Research Fellow, Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Ms Sandra Falconer, Manager Environmental Public Health, Victorian Department of Health & Human Services
  • Ms Jan Bowman, Environmental Health Consultant, former Assistant Director Environmental Health, Public Health Branch, Department of Health
  • Dr Ken Karipidis, Assistant Director, Radiation Health Services Branch, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
  • Dr Andrea James, Senior Occupational Physician, Viva Energy Australia
  • Dr Martha Sinclair, Senior Research Fellow, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit, Monash University
  • Other experienced clinicians and experts in the field from related specialities


The following topics will be covered in the content of the course. A draft program is also available.

  • Illness related to environmental hazards
  • Vulnerable groups
  • Toxicology
  • Emerging concerns
  • Information seeking and reliability of sources
  • Interacting with a patient, taking an environmental history
  • Sources of environmental exposure
  • Cluster investigations
  • Environmental health risk assessment, communication and management
  • Managing conflicting views from stakeholders in relation to environmental hazards
  • The role of government, environmental hazard standard setting and policy
  • Case studies
  • Well-recongnised issues with remediation of sites
  • Legal issues

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This course is relevant to many of the learning objectives of the AFOEM training curriculum regarding environmental risks and incidents (Domain 90).

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This course is accredited with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for 30 PRPD points.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who complete the end-of-course assessment.

More information

The cost for the 4-day course is $2,000. This covers morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea as well as course materials.

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Refund Policy

Up to four weeks before the course commences – 100% refund
Between 4 and 2 weeks before the course commences – 50% refund
Less than 2 weeks before the course – no refund