Graduate Diploma in Addiction and Mental Health (GDipAddictMentHlth)

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Special Notes

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This program will provide students with a broad educational experience covering the scientific basis of addiction, mental health and related comorbidities, comparative epidemiology, evidence based interventions, research methodology and national addictions and mental health policy.

The Graduate Diploma in Addiction and Mental Health is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Display a rigorous academic knowledge of the sciences that inform addiction and mental health.
2. Identify the clinical competencies required to provide high quality effective addiction and mental health practice.
3. Apply critical thinking skills to problem solving in advanced addiction and mental health practice.
4. Evaluate care according to professional standards of practice within addiction and mental health.
5. Demonstrate highly developed communication skills and sound interpersonal skills to work effectively within the multidisciplinary team.
6. Demonstrate the competencies to practice person centred care in a culturally sensitive and ethically sound manner in addiction and mental health.
7. Demonstrate the skills knowledge and attitudes to manage and implement care for a patient with complex health needs.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of safe practice in accordance with legislation, professional codes, specialty competencies and guidelines.
9. Critically analyse in order to evaluate the evidence and make decisions to implement specialist addiction and mental health care based on the best available evidence.
10. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the dynamics of the health care system and the sociological, cultural and political influences that influence addiction and mental health care professional practice.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director or Delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Diploma in Addiction and Mental Health

There shall be a Graduate Diploma in Addiction and Mental Health.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Addiction and Mental Health, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 24 units
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 24 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
NURSING 6204 Co-Existing Addiction and Mental Health Disorders 6
NURSING 6205 Mental Health 6
PHARM 7011EX Drug Effects and Biology of Addiction 6
PHARM 7012EX Pharmacotherapy and other responses to drug problems 6