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Graduate Certificate in Integrated Chronic and Terminal Care

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Graduate Certificate in Integrated Chronic and Terminal Care

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Learn to work with and support people with advanced chronic and terminal illness and their carer group. The Graduate Certificate in Integrated Chronic and Terminal Care prepares you to address the end-of-life psychosocial and psychological care needs of people with advanced chronic and life-limiting illness, their families and caregivers.

The only degree of its kind in Australia, this program offers a new model of health and community care for those working in mental health, allied health, social work or health care in primary and specialist settings.

  • Why study this course?

    This course prepares you to understand and effectively respond to the psychological and supportive care needs of patients living with terminal illness and facing the end of their lives. You'll develop the skills to work with other health professionals to provide effective and timely person-centred care along the disease trajectory.

    Unique program

    This course provides knowledge across diverse specialisations, including palliative care, aged care, chronic illness and mental health. You will gain an awareness of theoretical concepts of the impact that psychological and mental health issues have on individuals with advanced chronic and terminal illness.

    Valuable skill set

    You will develop advanced skills in assessing, screening and developing responses to a variety of mental health problems and formulating biopsychosocial therapeutic care plans. Through critical analysis of current and future policy and political contexts in end-of-life and palliative care, you will develop the expertise and skills to advocate for change.

    Online convenience

    Our online course delivery provides real flexibility, allowing you the freedom to choose when and where you complete your studies. CSU uses the latest technology to connect you with your teachers, learning materials and fellow students. You will have access to our comprehensive communication systems, online forums, wikis, blogs, podcasts and library resources.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Graduate Certificate in Integrated Chronic and Terminal Care addresses the need for professionals in mental health, allied health, social work and health care to respond to people's end-of-life psychosocial and psychological care needs. You will gain the knowledge and skills to compassionately support people in their time of need. Demand for skilled professionals in this field is growing as the Australian population ages.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of 4 core subjects totalling 32 credit points, as follows:

    HLT425 Integrated Transdisciplinary Care Teams
    HLT426  Biopsychosocial Care in Transdisciplinary Primary Care Teams
    HLT427 Integrating Mental Health, Chronic Illness and Palliative Care
    HLT428 The Existential Experience of Suffering Across the Life Courses

    Enrolment pattern

    A normal enrolment pattern is as follows:

    Year 1 - Session 1
    HLT425 Integrated Transdisciplinary Care Teams
    HLT426 Biopsychosocial Care in Transdisciplinary Primary Care Teams

    Year 1 - Session 2
    HLT427 Integrating Mental Health, Chronic Illness and Palliative Care
    HLT428 The Existential Experience of Suffering Across the Life Courses

  • Admission information

    Applicants would normally hold a three year allied health, primary health, aged care, mental health, social work or nursing degree. However, people with extensive relevant industry experience to the satisfaction of the Courses Director may be considered. Students wishing to apply for admission based on relevant industry experience should discuss requirements with the Courses Director prior to applying.
    Demonstrated work experience within one or more of the discipline areas listed above of at least 5 years fulltime equivalent, undertaken in the previous 10 years from the date of application, as assessed by the Course Director.
    Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements.


    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYNNOATR
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYNNJATR

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    32 points

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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