Indigenous Health Promotion

Study Indigenous Health Promotion at the University of Sydney


Indigenous Health Promotion aims to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health at a community level. This means identifying community needs and strengths, developing a plan of action and putting it into practice.

This program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers who either already have a role in promoting the health of their communities and who wish to gain experience or skills in this field. It is designed to give practitioners the knowledge and skills they need to help prevent illness and injury or reduce the harms associated with these conditions. It has a particular focus on community participation and empowerment, guided by the principles of social justice and social inclusion.

Why study indigenous health promotion with us?

  • Block-mode delivery allows you to attend one of Australia’s leading universities while working full-time
  • This is the only block-mode Indigenous Health Promotion graduate diploma in the country
  • Your knowledge, skills and experiences are considered a valuable asset to the course
  • Learn from, and work with, peers from a diverse range of backgrounds and locations – urban, rural, remote and very remote
  • Work in partnership with communities to develop programs
  • Learn the knowledge and skills to address illness and injury using best practice health promotion tools and processes
  • The support, teaching, curriculum and facilities are world standard
  • Earn a highly regarded qualification from the University of Sydney
  • Study a course that has a focus on empowering individuals and communities, and
  • Implement and evaluate programs using best practice aimed at continued improvement and positive health outcomes.

Who should study this course?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are committed to improving health outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and have experience working with communities or who hold equivalent qualifications.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the course will have a nationally recognised qualification in health promotion that will equip them for work in a wide range of community-controlled and mainstream settings.

Once students have completed their studies, they will:

  • Be able to address any health issue using best practice health promotion tools and processes
  • Progress their careers and role model to their families and communities
  • Undertake higher university degrees, and
  • Act to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities and the wider population.

Course options

Meet our alumni


Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion, 2014

"In my 10-year working career, I've been lucky enough to work in the education sector, law enforcement sector and now the health sector as a Health worker. Deciding that my time as a health worker is what I enjoyed most, I knew that to pursue a career in the industry I had to up-skill and gain an appropriate qualification that would hopefully provide me with opportunities upon completion. That's my professional reason for enrolling in the Graduate Diploma. My personal reason is to be a role model for my children and family members and also for other young people within my community who are contemplating going onto higher education.

In this course I've really enjoyed meeting and learning about the other participants and their communities. The highlight for me was listening and learning about the various types of programs/projects the others are running in their communities and how I can take certain aspects and implement them in my own community."

Meet more of our alumni, and see what they have to say about the course.