Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Health (Substance Use)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) aims to build the clinical, public health and academic capacity of Indigenous health professionals to prevent and treat harm associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in the Indigenous community.
Completion of this Graduate Certificate program can be used as credit towards a Graduate Diploma or Masters degree.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) consists of 24 credit points comprising four core units of study. The core component is completed in block mode in person at the University main campus, with each block being around one week in length. After each block, you will have a series of learning tasks to complete at home or in your workplace, amounting to 50 hours work. Topics covered in the core component include alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, opioids, injecting drug use, amphetamines, psychological complications and co-morbidity of substance misuse and substance use.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) will be able to work as an Aboriginal drug and alcohol worker, aboriginal health and/or drug and alcohol liaison officer, drug and alcohol counsellor/worker, health worker in government, policy officer, project officer, or research officer. They may also find employment in non-government and community controlled organisations.


Admission requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) is restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders and a successful applicant for admission will:
(a) hold a degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification for which the minimum time to qualify was at least three academic years; or
(b) have provided evidence that the applicant has certificate III qualification plus at least two years work experience in a field deemed to be relevant to the prescribed courses of study in the subject matter of the award course; or
(c) hold at least five years working experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including experience in engaging individuals and/or communities in action to improve their health; and
(d) have demonstrated knowledge of and sensitivity to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and
(e) have shown evidence of support for his/her candidature from his/her community and, where relevant, from his/her employer; and
(f) have passed an interview conducted by the School of Public Health unless waived by the Head of School.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

This course is currently not available to international students.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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