The Master of Adolescent Health & Wellbeing program will provide a unique learning opportunity for students to develop in-depth knowledge and advanced skills in the specialist discipline of adolescent health and wellbeing. The research component (subject and thesis) will require students to propose a research question, choose and design a methodology for a relevant adolescent health issue. They then conduct the investigation under the guidance of a supervisor and apply what is learnt to their own workplace and practice. This research cycle, from conception to implementation and adaptation, serves as a rigorous exercise in academic excellence.
- Further develop and apply critically reflective, evidence-informed approaches to adolescent health and wellbeing practice, program development and policy analysis;
- 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;
- 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;
- Demonstrate a commitment to critical enquiry and evidence-based practice so as to maintain currency with contemporary debates and continuously inform practice;
- Analyse and reflect on national and international adolescent health issues and trends as they relate to particular communities and professional practice settings;
- Further develop and apply principles associated with 'micro' and 'macro' approaches to practice in adolescent health and wellbeing;
- Plan, implement and evaluate effective prevention, early intervention and intervention strategies relevant to work with young people.