HIV, STIs and Sexual Health

Stream: HIV, STIs and Sexual Health

Pathway: Counselling

Sexual Health Counselling and Sex Therapy are emerging areas of professional practice. Sexual wellbeing is an important aspect of a healthy life. Sexual Health Counselling focuses on issues of sexual and gender diversity, sexual health including HIV/STIs and sexual behaviour. Sex Therapy also addresses issues around sexual functioning and psychosexual wellbeing. The Counselling Pathway meets the sexological education and training component of the accreditation criteria for the Society of Australian Sexologists (SAS), ASSERT NSW, and American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

The Counselling Pathway is suitable for:

  • Recent graduates in psychology, counselling, occupational therapy, rehabilitation therapy and social work who are interested in pursuing a career in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health counselling and therapy; or
  • More established professionals (such as nurses, therapists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers, teachers, medical practitioners, relationship therapists, clergy, journalists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation counsellors) wishing to gain greater knowledge and understanding in these areas.
Compulsory Units of Study

Unit of Study code and name Credit point Delivery mode

Graduate Certificate students must complete SEXH5401 plus 18 credit points of stream specific units of study

SEXH5401
Introduction - HIV, STIs and Sexual Health

 6 (available semester 1 and 2)  online
 
Graduate Diploma students must complete 6 credit points of compulsory units of study
SEXH5401
Introduction - HIV, STIs and Sexual Health
 6 (available semester 1 and 2)  online
 
Master students must complete 12 credit points of compulsory units of study.
SEXH5401
Introduction - HIV, STIs and Sexual Health
 6 (available semester 1 and 2)  online
SEXH5406
Professional Placement
 6 (available semester 1 and 2)  online/intensive
Stream Specific Units of Study - Counselling Pathway

Unit of Study code and name Credit point Delivery mode

Graduate Certificate students must complete SEXH5401 plus 18 credit points of stream specific units of study.

Graduate Diploma students must complete 24 credit points of stream specific units of study

Master students must complete 24 credit points of stream specific units of study, but it is recommended that students complete all of the stream specific units of study listed below

SEXH5402
Introduction to Counselling for the Health Professions*

 6 (available semester 1 and 2)  online/intensive
SEXH5404
Variations in Sexual Function
 6 (available semester 1)  online/intensive
SEXH5403
Counselling in Psychosexual Therapy
 6 (available semester 1)  online/intensive
SEXH5407
Sex Gender and Sexuality
 6 (available semester 2)  online/intensive
SEXH5415
Advanced Issues in Psychosexual Therapy
 6 (available semester 2)  online/intensive

*This unit of study is only a stream-specific unit of study for students who are NOT from a counselling background.

Stream Specific Elective Units of Study - Counselling Pathway

Units of Study code and name Credit point Delivery mode

Graduate Diploma students complete 6 credit points of stream specific elective units of study. Students can also select any remaining stream specific units of study as electives.

Masters students complete 12 credit points of stream specific elective units of study. Students can also select any remaining stream specific units of study as electives.

Offered Semester 1 and 2
   
CEPI5100
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
 6  online; online/face to face
SEXH5412
Sexual Health & Relationships Education
 6  online/intensive
SEXH5416
Advanced Readings in Sexual Health
 6  supervision
Offered Semester 1    
SEXH5200
Advanced STIs
 6  face to face/block mode
SEXH5409
Medical Management of Interpersonal Violence
 6  online/intensive
SEXH5410
Sexual Health Promotion 1
 6  online/intensive
MEDF5005
Health Research Methods and Ethics
 6  online/intensive
PUBH5010
Epidemiology Methods and Uses
 6  face to face (evening or day); online
PUBH5018
Introductory Biostatistics
 6  on-campus evening, online, on-campus day
Offered Semester 2    
SEXH5202
Advanced HIV Infection
 6  face to face; block mode
SEXH5205
Advanced Adolescent Sexual Health
 6  online
SEXH5405
Contraception and Reproductive Health
 6  online/intensive
SEXH5414
Public Health:HIV, STIs & Sexual Health
 6  face to face; online
BMRI5006
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
 6  block mode
Project Units of Study - Master (Advanced)

Students accepted in the Master (Advanced) program must complete 12 credit points of project units of study.

Students must re-enrol every semester, with the associated financial cost, until they submit their project report or dissertation.


Unit of Study code and name Credit point Delivery mode
MEDF5301
Project (Advanced Masters)
 12 (available semester 1 and 2)  supervision
MEDF5302
Project (Advanced Masters) (Part A)
 6 (available semester 1 and 2)  supervision
MEDF5303
Project (Advanced Masters) (Part B)
 6 (available semester 1 and 2)  supervision