Graduate Diploma in Neonatology

In this course students gain comprehensive knowledge of diseases of preterm and term infants including the underlying physiology and management of these diseases.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Diploma in Neonatology
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
postgraduate diploma
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Karen Simmer
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1PAED4409Evidence-based Medicine
S2PAED4410Neonatal Respiration and Ventilation

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points from Group A; or take unit(s) to the value of 6 points from Group A and 6 points from Group B:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1PAED4406Nutrition, Lactation and Gastrointestinal Disease
S2PAED4407Neonatal Surgery
S2PAED4408Neonatal Infections and Immunology
S1PAED4411Introduction to Transport Medicine
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1BMED4003Medical Research Design, Protocols and Analysis
65 per cent or above in a major in Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Genetics, Cancer Biology, Pharmacology, Biomedical Science, Neuroscience or similar Biomedical Science discipline appropriate for the field of study within the School of Biomedical Science
for students enrolled in the HONS-BIOMS: BMED4001 Biomedical Science Research Literature Review, BMED4002 Research Communication in Biomedical Sciences and BMED4004 Medical Research Ethics and Clinical Rationale
IMED4407 Medical Research Design, Protocols and Analysis
S2MEDC5801Development and Communication of Research
NSPAED5709Physiology of Respiratory Responses
a medicine, science or allied health degree. In line with University Policy, international students must have demonstrated competence in the English language. Students must have computer facilities and access to the web from their location of study.
 PHAR4408Medical Research Ethics and Clinical Rationale
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
SSPUBH5785Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data
SSPUBH5801Economic Evaluation of Health Care
PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics or equivalent

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.


Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) at least two years of professional experience and evidence of the following:

(i) awareness of contemporary issues in neonatology; and

(ii) basic competence in paediatrics professional learning; and

(iii) experience in leading and managing others; and

(iv) engagement in ongoing professional learning;


(c) (i) a current enrolment in the advanced neonatal training program through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP); or

(ii) a qualification as a neonatologist through the RACP, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or

(iii) a qualification as a medical practitioner and a desire for an academic career in neonatology.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 91380 Graduate Diploma in Neonatology (24 points)
  • 91580 Master of Neonatology (48 points)
Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.