Specialist Certificate in Creativity and Health

Course overview

  • 6 months part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students


Please note this course has been suspended for 2023 intake and is not accepting applications.

Developed in partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation the Specialist Certificate in Creativity and Health is a 100% online course that equips students to contribute to the overall health and well-being of children and young people across a range of diverse health settings.

The benefits of the arts on our health are well documented, particularly for children and young people receiving specialised healthcare. Creative performance and practise have been proven to improve the effectiveness of conventional medical treatment on physical and mental health.

Who is this course for?

This unique course is suited to health practitioners or human services professionals interested in utilising creative skills in their current practice.

It’s ideal for individuals who want to work in health settings, such as employees or volunteers in the not-for-profit sector. You might be a current team member of the Starlight Foundation, or a volunteer at a children’s charity.

The course is also suitable for people with a performance-based background who’d like to use their creativity to assist young people to cope better during their recovery from prolonged or short-term illness.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

The course is aligned with a range of professionals who already work as:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychologists
  • Counsellors
  • Diversional therapists
  • Hospital-based teachers (primary and secondary)
  • Nurses (Mental Health, General, Maternal and Child Health)
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paediatric Social Workers
  • Pain Specialists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Youth Workers.

Course aims

This course has been designed to develop the skills of students to use art and performance to have a positive impact on the health and well-being of children and young people.

The course provides foundational knowledge of theories of performance as well as child and adolescent development. As a student, you will have the opportunity to develop and evaluate creative programs that improve the lives of children and young people.


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