Note: This course is not available in 2023.

Course overview


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

Course title
Graduate Diploma in Neonatology
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
Postgraduate diploma
Not available in 2023
Administered by
Medical School

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
Available to international students
Not available to international students on student visas. Available to international students on other visas if visa conditions allow (see For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Karen Simmer
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
summer teaching period
not available in 2023 – may be available in 2024 or 2025
to be advised

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/APAED4409Evidence-based MedicineNone
N/APAED4410Neonatal Respiration and VentilationNone

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
AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/APAED4406Nutrition, Lactation and Gastrointestinal DiseaseNone
N/APAED4407Neonatal SurgeryNone
N/APAED4408Neonatal Infections and ImmunologyNone
N/APAED4411Introduction to Transport MedicineNonelectures: 2 hours per week
Group B
AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1BMED4003Medical Research Thesis Part 1
Enrolment in
HON-BIOMS Medical Research (ID 974)
BMED4001 Literature Review and Research Proposal in Biomedical Sciences
and BMED4002 Research Communication in Biomedical Science Part 1
and BMED4004 Research Ethics, Rationale and Design
Variable, depending on project; various times of contact with site-specific training (e.g. PAWES, CPR, GMO training, radiation safety training), plus attendance at lab meetings, bench training regarding operation of individual equipment, lab safety induction, data processing and storage induction, ethics approval induction and compliance.
S1BMED4004Research Ethics, Rationale and Design
Enrolment in
HON-BIOMS Medical Research (ID 974)
BMED4001 Literature Review and Research Proposal in Biomedical Sciences
and BMED4002 Research Communication in Biomedical Science Part 1
and BMED4003 Thesis 1
meetings with supervisor: 1 hour per week; lectures: 8 x 1 hours; online interactive videos: 2 x 1 hour; online courses: 2 x 12 hours; online module Chemistry for Researchers: 1 x 6 hours
S2MEDC5801Development and Communication of ResearchNoneover the semester: 18 hours of on-line content, 16 hours of lectures, 2 to 4 hours individual statistics workshop, 8 hours presentations
 PAED5709Physiology of Respiratory Responses
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
enrolment in
or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week
NSPUBH5785Analysis of Linked Health DataNoneoffered intensively (1 week full-time)
NSPUBH5801Economic Evaluation of Health Care
PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics (ID 3924)
1 week full-time

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


Note: This course is not available in 2023.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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 a student must pass units to a point value greater than 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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.


13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).