Australia's only 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.

During this course you will:

  1. Gain the skills to communicate effectively with young people from different sectors, families, cultural and community backgrounds
  2. Build a repertoire of professional, legal and ethical capabilities for implementing effective programs and practices in the settings where young people live, work, learn and play
  3. Engage with some of the world’s experts in adolescent health research and practice.

Graduate Certificate

Delivered online, the Graduate Certificate will provide you with introductory training in the latest knowledge of adolescent health and development, prevention frameworks and skills to work more effectively with individuals and populations in schools and communities, and within health services. Open to domestic and international students. Duration: 1-year part-time.

Graduate Diploma

Delivered online, the Graduate Diploma will provide you advanced training in the latest knowledge of adolescent health and development, prevention frameworks and skills to work more effectively with individuals and populations in schools and communities, and within health services. Open to domestic and international students. Duration: 1-year full time/ 2-years part-time.

Masters

The Masters program builds on the Graduate Diploma, with a further year of full-time study or 2 years of part-time study that supports a minor thesis. A choice of Master subjects are available, some of which are not available online. Open to domestic students only.

Flexibility in study pathways

The Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma is offered fully online, making it accessible to multi-disciplinary learners no matter whether you live locally in Melbourne, in regional or rural Australia, or internationally (international students pay the same tuition fees as domestic students). This allows you to study at times of the day that suit you, and around your personal and professional commitments.

Supporting cross-sectoral practice

The course integrates knowledge from a range of disciplines including medicine, psychology, sociology, social work, youth work, public health, and health promotion, and examines the different theoretical frameworks and professional approaches these disciplines bring to working with young people. This is reflected in the strong ethos of cross-sectoral practice throughout the course.

Have a question?

Please contact Adolescent Health and Wellbeing Academic Course Coordinator, Dr Ani Wierenga at wierenga@unimelb.edu.au


Student profile

The course was particularly attractive to me due to the cross-sectoral nature of participants – learning alongside social workers, nurses, teachers, child protection staff and police officers has enhanced my understanding of holistic adolescent health and wellbeing support and approaches.

- Nicky Sloss

Masters of Adolescent Health and Wellbeing student