Since 2006 the Cabrini-Monash Clinical School has been responsible for delivering the Monash University MBBS curriculum to third year students. The program has continued to develop providing supervised and assessed clinical placements for Monash MBBS years 4 and 5. 

In 2015 Cabrini extended its teaching to accommodate the University of Notre Dame final year students.

Third Year MBBS

Clinical placement/bedside teaching/mentoring

Third year Monash students are placed at Cabrini for the entire year. They are rotated through the medical and surgical disciplines to provide a broad exposure to both clinical problems and learning opportunities. Bedside clinical skills are taught by the clinical tutors, registrars and fifth year medical students. Vertical integration of all levels of students and doctors allows for diversity in teaching styles.

Every Wednesday the Cabrini students come together with the Central Clinical school cohort from The Alfred, Epworth and Peninsula to attend their core curriculum teaching at The Alfred. This includes lectures, tutorials, presentations and some procedural sessions.

Fourth Year MBBS

Specialty Clinical Practices – Children’s Health 

Fourth year Monash students are placed on 4 week rotations in Paediatrics. Students are assessed by bedside tutorials, observed clinical examinations, case reports both oral and written and submission of their clinical clerkship assessment record. Students also attend various small group and case based tutorials during their rotation.

Mentor Week – Women's Health

Fourth year Monash students participate in a one week placement in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a mentor who practices at Cabrini. Up to 4 students are accommodated in any one week, each allocated to a different mentor.

Fifth Year MBBS 

Clinical Placement

Fifth year Monash students have 6 week clinical placements in medicine, emergency, anaesthesia/pain management, aged care and general surgery to provide a ‘pre-intern’ experience. Fifth year students are expected to contribute to third year bedside teaching and mentoring. Students are assessed by way of professional behaviour forms and a Pre-Intern Appraisal assessment.

Electives for Monash students are subject to availability. To enquire please email Jennie McInerney.

Notre Dame Medical Students

Cabrini has extended its teaching to accommodate final year University of Notre Dame medical students. Cabrini offers 4 week placements in the following disciplines:

  • Cardiology
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Orthopaedics, Neurology & Rehabilitation
  • Why do your undergrad at Cabrini?

The Cabrini program has a strong emphasis on professional behaviour and role modelling for medical practice. Cabrini has a small cohort of students who get access to many patients and over 120 consultant specialists who offer weekly tutorials, single lectures or time in their rooms, theatre or clinics. Cabrini has a patient population with diverse spectrum of illness. All staff at Cabrini value students for their contribution to our community.

Final years receive a lot of one-on-one time with their direct supervisors and are actively involved in ward rounds and academic meetings.

Students have the option of doing a Bachelor of Medical Science at Cabrini.


  • Comprehensive and unique health service
  • Low student numbers
  • Involvement in three hospital sites: Malvern (high acuity care), Brighton (medium acuity care) and Prahran (palliative care)
  • Availability of junior medical staff (registrars and fellows) for teaching

Student Testimonials

The staff and patients at Cabrini are very interested in promoting learning and are welcoming to students. I think we have all developed a lot over the year, and I am very grateful for the experience

Thank you to all the staff who made this year what it was. The general consensus amongst all of us 3B students is that we will miss Cabrini dearly, and how much it has benefited us all.

Medical Undergraduate Education Staff

Clinical Site Administrator

Jennie McInerney | | Ph: 03 9508 3435

Undergraduate Student Coordinator Notre Dame

Leesa Horrigan | | Ph: 03 9508 3491