Co-curricular (Volunteer) Programs

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences run a number of co-curricular programs. The aim of these not for credit programs is to provide students with voluntary workplace experience over and above the requirements of their course.


The program will develop students knowledge and skills:

  • through supervised practice in areas directly relevant to their course; or
  • by contributing to the delivery of services that promote health or ease suffering.

The program will also broaden students' personal and professional perspectives on social issues within the context of health services.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible to apply, students must have completed 48 credit points in a course offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Students must be currently enrolled in:

  • the second, third or fourth year of an undergraduate course (except MBBS & MD); or
  • a postgraduate diploma/certificate/masters course; or
  • the third, fourth or fifth year of the MBBS or MD program.
  • there may be additional requirements depending on the co-curricular program

What Programs are available?

Collaborative Indo-Pacific Health Care Program - 2022Program Title (AHEGS): Indo-Pacific Collaborative Health Virtual Program
Program Description (AHEGS):

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences students enrolled in this program go to a developing country to participate in local health service interprofessional healthcare immersion (acute, rehab or community).  Students are placed in small interprofessional groups in a healthcare setting to experience the healthcare context in the overseas country.

Program Information

This program involves a three-week virtual interprofessional health immersion program for students to visit and learn about healthcare in Vietnam.  The initiative is supported by New Colombo Plan funding for eligible students. In partnership with CISaustralia, students will spend time engaging online with local healthcare organisations in Vietnam, gaining invaluable intercultural and collaborative experience to broaden understanding as healthcare practitioners and deepen personal and professional development.

Location: Virtual Vietnam
Duration: 3 weeks
Dates: Summer A, Nov - Dec (dates TBC)
Selection criteria: Completed 48 credit points at the time of application (undergraduate).  Minimum WAM 60%
Application process: Apply via Monash Abroad Portal (pending)
Application Deadline: 15 September 2022

Degree/Disciplines eligible to apply (TBC): 
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), Bachelor of Paramedicine, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Unit Set Code: CC-ACT1014

What do I need to do to undertake a co-curricular(volunteering) program?

To participate, students must submit a Co-curricular Application form* or apply using the process listed for the program.  At least a month before commencement of the program students must:

  • Ensure all your mandatory compliance requirements (police check, working with children check, immunisations) are up to date (if required for the program).
  • Arrange travel insurance if within Australia or for travel overseas look into the insurance provided by Monash Abroad.
  • Check the Monash Abroad website for information on scholarships and funding (if travelling overseas).
  • If the co-curricular program has not been developed by the School/Department the student will be required to develop a proposal and submit this along with the co-curricular application form to the course coordinator for approval.   Students must also arrange for the volunteering Agreement to be signed by the volunteering agency.

Students will be advised in writing of the outcome of their program.

What happens next?

Once approval has been granted you will be able to commence your volunteering program during the nominated period.  The program(s) listed above are registered with Student Futures.  Log into the Student Futures website to add this activity to your employability record and receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

At the conclusion of your volunteering program you must:

  1. Provide a “Confirmation of completion” statement signed by the supervisor at the volunteering agency, stating that the required hours of the volunteering activity has been completed.
  2. Submit a 500 word report of the experience to your course coordinator within 2 weeks of completing the volunteering activity

Your participation in the program will be included on your Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).

Further Information

Check your Moodle site for information or contact your School/Department:

Staff information

Process information can be found on the staff intranet, Student Administration Procedures and Templates page (under Co-Curricular Process).

Previous Co-Curricular Programs