Graduate Diploma 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 Diploma 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 Diploma program can be used as credit towards a Masters degree.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

The Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use) consists of 36 credit points, including six 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 Diploma 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 Diploma 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.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.