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Young people are the only population group in Australia whose health has not improved over the past three decades. The Centre for Adolescent Health recognises that a key way to improve young people's health and wellbeing is to enhance the capabilities of practitioners who work with young people.
This course focuses on a particular subgroup of young people with whom working presents a unique set of challenges: adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer. Young people experience and respond to cancer in ways that differ from their paediatric and adult counterparts; professionals working with this group need AYA-specific knowledge and skills in order to maximise outcomes for this patient population. This course aims to equip students with the information and skills they need for advanced practice in cancer care for young people aged 15-25.
The Graduate Certificate is offered by the Centre for Adolescent Health (Practice and Learning Cluster) through the Department of Paediatrics; Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; The University of Melbourne. This relationship creates a unique opportunity for students to receive a formal qualification through engaging in an academic program offered by the University and to be involved with the Centre, which is at the forefront of responses to adolescent health and wellbeing issues.
This course has been designed to enhance the practice of anyone working with young people with cancer; this includes doctors, nurses, social workers, allied health workers, counsellors and teachers. It will also appeal to those wishing to gain a qualification to support a career move into adolescent and young adult cancer care.
Supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Youth Cancer Networks Program, this course has been developed by the Centre for Adolescent Health and the ONTrac at Peter Mac Victoria Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service under the guidance of a National Curriculum Advisory Committee comprised of leading adult, paediatric and AYA oncology practitioners from across the country.
It combines existing curricula from the Adolescent Health and Wellbeing postgraduate program that is essential to understanding the context and development of young people, with curricula specific to the biology, treatment and experience of cancer in young people.
The course has a multidisciplinary focus and is underpinned by a flexible, evidence-based approach to teaching and learning designed to meet the professional development needs, goals and interests of participants from a variety of disciplines, practice settings and locations.
The course consists of the following four subjects:
You will be encouraged to explore a range of theoretical, policy, research and practice perspectives and to use these insights to develop enhanced strategies for working with young people and their extended networks. The learning and assessment approaches used in the course aim to encourage active learning and application of new adolescent health knowledge and skills in 'real world' settings, relevant to your professional practice.
The Graduate Certificate of Adolescent Health and Wellbeing (Oncology Stream) is offered part-time and can be completed in as little as one year (requires taking 2 subjects per semester), though you may take up to three years to complete the course. The program also articulates with the University of Melbourne's Community Access Program for those students interested in single subject study only. You can expect each subject to involve an average of 10 hours of independent study and coursework per week. Each of the four subjects is worth 12.5 credit points for a total of 50 credit points.
This course is offered via distance education (online via the internet) using a variety of web-based resources and teaching and learning strategies (you will also receive hard copy material for the course prior to commencement). Students are, however, required to attend a two-day workshop held at the University of Melbourne in February (prior to the commencement of the course). Attendance at this workshop is mandatory; it is designed to familiarise you with our online learning platform, introduce key adolescent health themes and create opportunities for students to interact with one another and the course team. Each subject also features two or three study skills sessions (two-hour face-to-face teaching and learning sessions held throughout the semester); attendance at these sessions is optional.
Our lecturers are all experienced in the delivery of online education and committed to providing a supportive learning environment that encourages interaction, mentoring support and professional networking. As a distance education student you will be communicating with your lecturers largely via online discussion, telephone and/or email, but lecturers are also available for face-to-face meetings at your request.
FEE-HELP is a government loan given to eligible full-fee paying students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees (students repay their loan through the tax system depending on their income). See the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations' Going to Uni website (postgraduate) for more information.
Please contact Andrea Krelle (Manager, Practice and Learning) at +61 (0)3 9345 6676 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on scholarships available.
2. Go to the online application screen through the University of Melbourne website to register and complete the online application.
You are considered an international student if you are not an Australia or New Zealand citizen, Australia permanent resident or holder of a permanent Australian humanitarian visa. Your application is made directly to the University of Melbourne or through one of the University's overseas representatives- please refer to the University's information for international students webpage for more information. As discussed above, the Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing (Oncology Stream) is offered via distance education (online via the internet), but all students whether local or international are also required to attend the two-day orientation workshop held at the University of Melbourne in February. All other orientations and study sessions are optional. You will only require a visitor's visa for workshop attendance.
International students can find out about available scholarships through the University of Melbourne's Scholarships Office.
Please email the Centre for Adolescent Health's Practice and Learning Manager with any enquiries in regards to international study at email@example.com.
For further information, please contact:
Andrea KrelleManager, Practice & LearningCentre for Adolescent HealthTel: +61 (0) 3 9345 6676Email: firstname.lastname@example.org