Specialist Certificate in Empowering Health in Aboriginal Communities

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Applications for Start Year Intake 2023 are now open and close on 27 February 2023.

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You will need to collect some documents and information to support your application and to demonstrate that you meet the Selection Criteria.

To complete your application, you will require:

  • Course code: SC-EHAC Specialist Certificate in Empowering Health in Aboriginal Communities
  • Your Personal and Education Details: name, contact details, DOB, education details and dates completed. These will be entered when you register to use the online application system.
  • Your Work History: A detailed CV, including work history and specifying if the positions were part time or full time and the number of years/months employed.
  • Qualifications: Transcripts for ALL courses completed including an explanation of the grading system used. Students who have studied at the University of Melbourne do not need to provide this information
  • Relevant Work Experience: If you have not completed a bachelor degree but have relevant work experience in a field related to Aboriginal health and/or Aboriginal community development you will need to tell us about your experience.

This should be a written document of at least two pages that talks in detail about your experience eg. your role; which community/organisation you were or are involved with; the work you undertook; key achievements; challenges; examples of projects or activities you have been involved in etc. You may also submit any relevant documents or examples of your work that you think will support your application. Please include name and contact details of two referees related to this work experience.

  • Supporting Documentation: You need to upload digital files of all supporting documents. You'll need to provide scans, certified copies* or original copies of your academic results, and proof of English proficiency. Limit of 6MB per document. Supported file types: TXT, DOC, DOCX, PDF, JPG, JPEG, XLS, XLSX, TIFF). We can help you to scan documents if needed and can also assist with certifying copies of original documents.

Apply online

Once you have collected all your information you will submit your application online.

It takes about 30-60 minutes to complete the form using the online application system.

Once you have registered you will receive an email with log in details. You can then save your work in progress and come back at a later date to continue and complete the application if you need to.

Get help with your application

Individual support with your application is available in person at our Shepparton Campus (by appointment) or via phone/skype (or similar). To make an appointment, contact Gwenda Freeman at gwenda.freeman@unimelb.edu.au or +61 3 5823 4557 / 0417 580 931 or contact the Department of Rural Health at drh-info@unimelb.edu.au or +61 3 5720 1700.

The University also has a dedicated online student support team who can help you prepare and submit your application.

What happens next

Once you have submitted your application it will be assessed by a selection committee from the Department of Rural Health. They will review your application to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria and have demonstrated evidence of written and analytical skills appropriate for postgraduate study.

They may request that you provide additional information to support your application. Depending on your previous studies and experience you may also need to provide further evidence of meeting the University's English language requirements to be eligible for a place. You can do this in a number of ways, depending on your circumstances.

Once all the eligibility criteria have been met the selection committee will invite you to attend a brief meeting (15-30 minutes). This will be informal and can also be done by skype/zoom if you are unable to travel easily to Shepparton. This will be to discuss further your interest in the course; your goals and any questions /concerns you have. It will also help us establish if there are any specific supports we can assist with to ensure you successfully complete the course and get the most from it.

If your application is successful you will then receive a formal offer from the University.

You then accept the offer and complete your enrolment.

To discuss this course further or for advice on applying please contact:

Gwenda Freeman
Department of Rural Health
+61 3 5720 1700 or 0417 580 931

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