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 - 2020Program Title (AHEGS): Inter-professional Collaborative HealthCare 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.

Location: Vietnam & Cambodia
Duration: 4 weeks
Dates: Nov - Dec (TBC)
Selection criteria: Competitive selection process
Application process: Apply via Monash Abroad Portal (pending)

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

FitSkills Program - 2019Program Title (AHEGS): FitSkills Program

Program Description (AHEGS):

FitSkills is an evidence-based, student-mentored exercise program for young people with a disability. Students enrolled in this program volunteer to mentor a young person with a disability for 30 hours over 12 weeks. The exercise program is developed by FitSkills according to international best practice.

Program Details: run by La Trobe University.
Student mentor paired with young disabled person (13-30yrs) for 1hr per week for 12 weeks.

Location: Hawthorn Leisure & Aquatic centre,
Casey ARC Narre Warren & Aquahub Croydon.
Duration: total 30 hours over 12 weeks
Dates: March - September (TBC)
Selection criteria: Students must have completed 48 credit points.

Degree/Disciplines eligible to apply:
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours),
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Unit Set Code: CC-ACT1015

Psychology Research internship program - 2021

Program Title (AHEGS): Research Internship Program

Program Description (AHEGS):

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences students enrolled in this program volunteer to undertake a research internship program for up to 80 hours which aims to raise awareness of careers in research and improve students’ research and employability skills.

Program Details: Research internship program within the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health.

Location: Local
Duration: 80 hours over 1 semester
Dates: weeks 2-12
Selection criteria: Year 2 & above with a minimum 70 WAM

Degree/Disciplines eligible to apply: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Application Process: Please refer to your course Moodle page for more details.

Unit Set Code: CC-INV1002

Voluntary Community healthcare program (Psychology) - 2020

Program Title (AHEGS): Voluntary workplace activities that support community health

Program Description (AHEGS):

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences students enrolled in this program design and participate in voluntary workplace experience that broadens personal and professional perspectives on social issues in the context of health services. Student participation develops skills that enhance employability: communication, teamwork, leadership, appreciation of cultural diversity and problem solving. They will also gain an understanding of the workplace culture and multidisciplinary team environments. Enrolled students have participated in diverse activities including health service delivery in remote Australia, working with local NGOs, and delivering health services overseas.

Program Details: Community health workplace activities at SLV.Global and other locations.

Location: Local or Overseas
Duration: Minimum 30 hours
Dates: within 12 months
Selection criteria: Students must self-source their opportunity

Degree/Disciplines eligible to apply: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Unit Set Code: CC-ACT1003

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

To participate, students must submit a Co-curricular Application form* at least a month before commencement of the program and are responsible for the following:

  • 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.

*There is a separate application form for the Bachelor of Psychology Research Internship Co-Curricular program - refer to details listed in the program above.

What happens next?

Once approval has been granted you will be able to commence your volunteering program during the nominated period.  The programs 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).