This program is available in two specialisations:
- Drug and Alcohol Studies specialisation
- 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.
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 Masters level.
Students articulating from the Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Drug & Alcohol Studies or Stroke Management) to the Master of Health Science (Drug & Alcohol Studies or Stroke Management) will be awarded 40 units of internal credit.
Commencing students may be awarded a maximum of 50% of external credit for postgraduate study undertaken at another approved institution.
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
Students undertaking the Drug and Alcohol Studies stream are required to do 100 hours of pratical experience in MEDI6145 and MED6160 (50 hours in each course).
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.
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.
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
The program requires 80 units of prescribed courseswork over two years part time. This program is offered online and is not accepting International on campus students.