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.
(Our next intake of students into this course will be for 2014)

Units of study

Further course information

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.

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

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.

International students

How to apply

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are 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). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

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.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee not available for Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use).

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee not available for Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use).

Additional incidental fees

Additional incidental fees not available for Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use).

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use).

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use).

Annual review

Annual review not available for Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use).

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use).

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health (Substance Use).