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postgraduate course in Adolescent
Health and Wellbeing is delivered online by the Centre for
Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Adolescence is
the foundational period in the lives of individuals and for the health of our
community. Investments in adolescent health maximise human capabilities that
play out across the course of life and into the next generation.
Of all age
groups in Australia, young people are the only group whose health has not
improved over the past three decades. To improve young people's health and
wellbeing, we need to build the knowledge and capabilities of all those who work
with young people, including teachers, nurses, social workers, doctors, youth
workers, community workers, and others.
this course you will:
The postgraduate courses are offered fully online, making it accessible no matter where
you live. It also allows you to study at times of the day that suit you,
around your personal and professional commitments. Each subject has a dedicated
webpage on the University of Melbourne's Learning Management System, or LMS,
providing ready access to subject outlines, content notes, recorded lectures,
readings and resources, and online discussions. You can even access the LMS on
your mobile. Each subject coordinator keeps regular contact with you via the
LMS, and is also available for individual support via phone, email and
Webinars are run three times a
semester, offering the opportunity for face-to-face discussions with your
lecturer and the other students. These are also recorded for those unable
to attend in person or online.
A two-day on-campus orientation
is run in late February. The program includes lectures on adolescence and
adolescent health, subject introductions, and workshops on the LMS, research
skills and academic writing. The on-campus orientation is an important
opportunity to engage with your learning, meet subject coordinators and get to
know the other students.
You can enrol in the course as a part-time or full-time
Course work and independent
learning will take approximately 10 hours per week, per subject.
have competed the graduate certificate may also advance to the graduate
Diploma and the Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing is 100%
online and can be undertaken from anywhere in the world. Masters subjects are
offered in a variety of on-campus modes through the School of Population
Health, including week-long blocks and weekends. Online study alternatives should
be explored with the course coordinator.
A downloadable version of the postgraduate courses is
Students must satisfactorily complete two core subjects and two
specialisation subjects - depending on whether they’re enrolled in the health
promotion stream or oncology stream (50 credit points). Additional course information can be found on the University of Melbourne's website.
The health promotion stream of the Graduate Certificate was
developed to meet the professional needs, goals and interests of those who work
with young people in different disciplines. The course provides an attractive
pathway for graduates interested in working with young people in an adolescent
health and welfare related field.
stream of the Graduate Certificate was developed to build the capacity of the
emerging and growing workforce dedicated to improving outcomes for young people
with cancer. The course has been designed for anyone working with adolescents
and young adults with cancer; this includes doctors, nurses, social workers,
allied health workers, counsellors and teachers.
Students must satisfactorily complete eight subjects:
four core and four elective (100 credit points). Additional course
information can be found on the University of Melbourne's website.
After completing the Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health
and Wellbeing, Master students must satisfactorily complete 5 subjects and a minor
thesis (200 credit points). Additional course information can be found the University of Melbourne's website. In years 3 and 4 Masters students construct a study plan to
suit their research interest with the support of the course coordinator.
Electives may be
methodology based or content based depending on the focus of the minor thesis.
Examples of methodology electives include:
Community-Based Participatory Research POPH90201
Health Program Evaluation 1 POPH90058
Health Program Evaluation 2 POPH90090
Qualitative Research in Public Health POPH90231
For further enquiries or clarification about
the course or enrolment process, please contact Helen D'Cruz on firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUNG PEOPLE IN
introduces and critiques the concepts ‘adolescence’ and ‘health’, and examines
various frameworks for understanding the phenomenon of adolescent development.
The diversity of adolescent experience is explored, and the impact of various
socio-environmental contexts of adolescence on young people’s health and wellbeing
PRACTICE IN CONTEXT
asks students to examine the assumptions, values, experiences, skills, forms of
knowledge and broader influences on your work with young people. The subject is
structured into four connected modules that build on each other across the
semester: Reflective practice; Working with resilience; Working with other professionals;
CONTEXT OF ADOLESCENTS
investigates how social determinants and social worlds affect the health and
wellbeing of young people and examines social life from historical, global and
cultural perspectives. Students will draw on a diversity of theoretical
perspectives to analyse how society operates and how social changes influence
the health, wellbeing and behaviours of young people.
HEALTH PROMOTION AND
explores key practices, principles and frameworks for health promotion and
community capacity building aimed at enhancing the health and wellbeing of
young people. Participants will be encouraged to develop a more systematic
approach to health promotion practice, particularly in identifying adolescent
health needs and in planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion
approaches relevant to particular communities/ settings.
SEXUALITY AND SEXUAL HEALTH
This subject explores two main themes: 1. The social
construction of sexuality - how our understandings of sexuality are developed
in socio-cultural contexts; and 2. Sexual health - how it is defined and
measured, what factors contribute to it, and practical issues to consider when
interacting with adolescents and trying to have an impact on their sexual
health and wellbeing.
GLOBAL CHALLENGES IN ADOLESCENT HEALTH
This subject focuses on four key health issues
of global significance for young people: sexual and reproductive health; mental
health - including suicide prevention; alcohol and substance use; and violence.
The subject explores the extent, impact, causes and responses to these issues
across different cultures and in societies characterised by varied levels of
economic development. In examining these key health concerns, the subject engages
with cross-cutting issues shaping adolescent health and wellbeing globally such
as: inequity; disability and inclusion; displacement; and gender identities and
begins with an exploration of the concept of 'at risk' as it applies to young
people, and the use and purpose of such a categorisation by relevant services
and through policy. The impact of risk and protective factors on adolescent
health and well-being will be examined including factors operating at
individual, family and community levels.
enables students to build a framework for analysing and responding to the
complex issues pertaining to young people and drug use. This involves the
examination of prevalence rates and current trends in drug use among
adolescents in the contemporary Australian context and an analysis of the
dominant perspectives that influence policy makers, treatment providers, media
outlets, families and young people themselves.
MENTAL HEALTH AND
introduces conceptual frameworks for understanding mental health in young
people and the importance of social contexts for mental health. The subject
analyses the emotional dimensions of mental health and assists professionals to
recognise emotional distress of a young person and ways that it can be
CANCER CARE IN
successful treatments and improved survival rates for adolescents and young
adults with cancer has led to the need for better management of the many
complex issues arising out the experience of cancer for this group. A better
appreciation and understanding of the psycho-social dimension of a young
person’s life and cancer experience has emerged, and with this the need for new
skills and approaches to care.
subject, participants will draw on ideas from research, along with theoretical
frameworks and strategies explored during the course to develop and review a
critical inquiry project relevant to their professional practice workplace /
setting that influences outcomes for young people. Participants will be
supervised through each stage of the project and will be required to present
their findings, perspectives and reflections to different audiences using
HEALTH MINOR THESIS
of this subject is to develop independent research skills, including design and
implementation, and the analysis and interpretation of data that informs our
understanding of young peoples’ health and well-being. This process involves
exploring a research question and establishing a rationale for the enquiry,
refining the aims and objectives, identifying the relevant theoretical and/or
conceptual frameworks, and resolving the appropriate methodological approach to
satisfy the aims and objectives.
SOCIAL RESEARCH DESIGN
will give students an understanding of the principles underlying social
research. The topics covered will be relevant for students interested in social
research specifically, and for health research students who want to learn about
qualitative and quantitative research as it applies to social health research.
will give students an understanding of, and experience in, Community-Based
Participatory Research (CBPR). CBPR is a collaborative approach to research
that emerges from the interests or problems of a specific group or community,
and is enacted through a specific set of social values.
examines the diverse purposes health program evaluations can serve and the wide
range of environments in which health program evaluations are conducted. Using
Australian and overseas evaluation examples, students gain an overview of
conceptual and methodological issues in the key evaluation approaches.
provides an extension of studies in health program evaluation introduced in
Health Program Evaluation 1. It focuses on issues relating to the selection and
development of a preferred evaluation approach for a particular health program
or policy. While it does so from an applied, practical perspective, key
theoretical underpinnings of different evaluation approaches are also examined.
RESEARCH IN PUBLIC HEALTH
This subject will introduce students to
qualitative research in public health - both the principles underlying design
and the strengths and weaknesses of different qualitative methodologies. It
will cover a range of methods, such as individual interviews, group interviews,
visual and participatory methods. Students will learn how to design, plan and
evaluate qualitative research as sources of evidence in public health.
applicants are required to attach a curriculum vitae describing their work experience,
and tertiary and other qualifications, along with their academic transcript to
their online application.
enrolments are welcome. The Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate in
Adolescent Health and Wellbeing is 100% online and can be undertaken from
anywhere in the world.
graduate coursework on the University of Melbourne Future Students website.
In 2020, the
course fees for domestic and international graduate students are:
reviewed annually by the University and vary depending on subjects.
information about fees for:
If you are an
international student or a domestic student, you may be eligible for a range of
scholarships or grants. Please visit the University’s website for further information. Specifically for our postgraduate courses in adolescent health
wellbeing, these are a number of targeted scholarships that
Scholarships for community
sector and education
The Robbie Mitchell Scholarships are funded by contributing Rotary Clubs of Victoria, and are available to applicants working with young people in remote, Indigenous or disadvantaged populations / communities. The scholarship
amount varies from time to time depending on the financial status of the
successful applicant. Available for
Graduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters of Adolescent Health and Wellbeing.
To apply, email Phil Wheatley. For further information email Dr Ani Wierenga
Scholarships for Nurses
There is an ongoing relationship between the course and the Royal Children’s
Hospital, Melbourne, through the Kelpie Ward (Adolescent Ward). Two
nurses at the Royal Children’s Hospital were sponsored into the Graduate
Certificate in 2019. If
you would like support to talk to your employing organisation about a
scholarship, contact the course coordinator, Dr Ani Wierenga:
Scholarships for Police
Central Rotary Club offers a 50% scholarship to one member of the
Victoria Police to study the Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health
and Wellbeing, in honour of the memory of
Senior Constable Rod Miller and Sergeant Gary Silk. For further
information or to apply, contact Helen D’Cruz, .
Scholarships for School
Department of Education & Early Childhood Development (DEET)
offers a 50% Mary-Ann
Hope scholarship to a Victorian Secondary School Nurse to
study the Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health
and Wellbeing. Additionally available are five Single Subject Grants for school nurses to undertake a single subject.
information or to apply, contact Helen D’Cruz, .If you would like support to talk to your employing organisation about a scholarship, contact the course coordinator, Dr Ani Wierenga: .
Scholarship for an
The Department of Paediatrics at the Melbourne Medical School, University of
Melbourne will offer a year-long $5000 scholarship to an Indigenous
practitioner or professional in any field related to adolescent health and
For further information or to apply, contact Helen D’Cruz, .
Scholarships for Adolescent
& Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Professionals
For the Oncology stream, scholarships are
offered in Victoria and Queensland. Selection criteria include a commitment to working in the field of
adolescent & young adult cancer care or a demonstrated interest in working
in this field and commitment to disseminating the knowledge learnt in the
For further information or to apply, contact Helen D’Cruz, Additional information available here: https://www.petermac.org/education/adolecsent-young-adults-aya-oncology-education.
Scholarships for not-for-profit
staff (Starlight Children’s Foundation)
Starlight Foundation offers a 50% scholarship to Starlight Foundation staff members to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health and
Wellbeing. If you would like support to talk to your employing organisation about a scholarship, contact the course coordinator, Dr Ani Wierenga: .
places: Master of Adolescent Health and Wellbeing
Government has supported up to five places for
students who apply for the course during first round offers (typically by end
November). These have been awarded on a
For further information, contact Helen D’Cruz,
Applications for 2021 will close on 1 Feb 2021, should places be
available. Timely applications will
close on 21 November 2020
Visit the online application webpage on the University of
Melbourne website to register and complete the online application.
Visit the university dates webpage on the University of Melbourne website for information on 2020 semester dates and university holidays.
enquiries, please contact:
Dr Ani Wierenga
Academic Coordinator, Adolescent Health and Wellbeing