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Graduate Certificate In Health Science

This program is available in two specialisations:
  1. Drug and Alcohol Studies specialisation
  2. Stroke Management specialisation

The Drug and Alcohol specialisation aims to produce graduates with a broad knowledge base related to alcohol and other drug use, including epidemiology, clinical consequences of use and dependence, explanatory models, history and social context, pharmacology, the ability to critically appraise research literature and apply evidence-based findings in the workplace and an appreciation of preventative approaches.

The Stroke Management specialisation will promote the development of health professionals with knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as an expert clinician within specialist multidisciplinary stroke services. It will enhance patient outcomes through the application of evidence-based practice in the clinical setting and applied using the skills of a multidisciplinary stroke team. It will enhance the capacity for the develop of research initiatives in advanced stroke management, and will contribute towards a reduction in stroke morbidity and mortality by promoting stroke champions with broad ranging knowledge and skills in service planning, development and evaluation.

Career Opportunities
It is envisaged that Drug & Alcohol Studies graduates will work in assessment and counselling of alcohol and other drug problems. Graduates who are employed in non-Alcohol and other drug settings will be able to competently assess and counsel alcohol and other drug problems. Stroke Management graduates will be working or planning to work in a relevant clinical environment working with people diagnosed with stroke.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor Degree in an approved health related discipline or have other qualifications approved by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Health.

In special circumstances, an applicant holding other acceptable academic or professional qualifications and with relevant work experience may be admitted as a candidate at Graduate Certificate level.

Credit Transfer

Credit may be available for courses previously completed in a program of study but will be assessed on a case by case basis and must adhere to Rules Governing Postgraduate Coursework Awards - Rule 000306

International Students

The programs are structured to provide opportunities for international students. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis. Strategies for program-specific online student support will be developed in consultation with participating students. Additionally, they will be encouraged to avail themselves of existing University support networks and services.

Special Needs

The University policy on Students with Special Needs is implemented at all times. The Faculty accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program.

Additional Information

On completion of the Drug & Alcohol Studies program, graduates will have developed an extensive knowledge base related to alcohol and other drug use, including epidemiology, consequences of use and dependence, explanatory models, history and social context, and pharmacology.

The inter-professional focus of the Stroke Management program will ensure a movement towards educational models which encourage true interdisciplinary teaching and learning models and inter-professional collaboration in clinical practice.

Requirements and Structure

It is available over one year part time as the program can't be completed in 6 months of full time study. This program is offered online and is not accepting International on campus students. The program requires the completion of 40 units of presecribed coursework.