Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health & Wellbeing

Online — Domestic students

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It is expected that on completion of this course students will be able to:

Communication and Advocacy Skills

  • communicate effectively both orally, and in writing with a diverse range of audiences in a range of professional contexts (eg: when working with young people, families, agencies, other professionals and the Media);
  • analyse and present arguments for change and inform these using relevant evidence from contemporary research and policies impacting on young people, their families and workers in professional practice settings;
  • apply interview, conflict resolution and feedback strategies that reflect sensitivity to the needs of individuals and groups;

Capacity Building Skills

  • work effectively, in a non-judgmental way with young people, different sectors and families from diverse cultural backgrounds and community contexts;
  • develop collaborative ways of working and learning by contributing to cross-disciplinary networks and partnerships within/across the different agencies, sectors and professions which work with young people;
  • develop approaches to initiate change (eg: in own organisation; when working with young people; in contributing to policy development; and, in continuing to develop and reflect on own practice);

Research and Evaluation Skills

  • use a range of information and communication technologies to effectively locate, select, represent, communicate and manage information;
  • analyse, critically evaluate and use contemporary research literature and professional information to inform development of evidence-based approaches to practice, program design, treatment approaches and policy analysis;
  • apply a range of program evaluation approaches, including selection of appropriate evaluation methods, monitoring of the impact/outcomes of program developments and needs assessment;

Critical Reflection and Cognition Skills

  • evaluate and apply different frameworks of thinking, theory and approach to inform decision making and professional practice;
  • actively participate in collaborative, critical enquiry processes as a means of enhancing own learning and developing evidence-informed approaches to practice;
  • identify, analyse and critically reflect on the relationship between context and health that impact on a young person, family, community or professional.

Legal and Ethical Skills

  • recognise and apply the policy, legislative and organisational rules and guidelines within which professions practice:
  • develop strategies for dealing with ethical issues in adolescent health care.

Course Description

The Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing course is designed to enable students to:

  • articulate and critically examine their own understandings of professional practice in working with young people in a variety of contexts;
  • further develop and apply critically reflective, evidence informed approaches to adolescent health and wellbeing practice, program development and policy analysis;
  • identify and analyse the broader social, cultural and environmental factors which impact on and influence practitioners and young people;
  • analyse and critically evaluate contemporary theories of adolescence and adolescent development (including historical and cultural contexts), to enhance own practice in working with young people, families, communities and agencies;
  • identify national and international adolescent health issues and trends and relate these to the broader socio-environmental contexts impacting on the health and wellbeing of young people;
  • critically examine life-course or life-stage approaches to adolescent health recognising causal pathways;
  • identify the principles associated with micro and macro approaches to practice and use these to develop enhanced prevention and intervention strategies when working with young people, families, communities and agencies;
  • analyse, evaluate and apply ecological models of resiliency, risk and protection in adolescent health;
  • engage young people, families and other professionals in the development and implementation of strategies to promote adolescent health and wellbeing;
  • review current practice against established legal, ethical, confidentiality and professional principles / codes of practice and recommend strategies to enhance professional judgment;
  • identify the professional settings and services which interact with young people and explore potential strategies to enhance inter-agency collaboration, communication and referral;
  • develop strategies for engaging culturally diverse communities to enhance youth participation, active engagement, inclusivity and capacity building.
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