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1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time
1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time


Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - Semester 1, Semester 2


Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus, Online

Credit points required


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Our Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Practice provides health, allied health professionals, and graduates a program to meet specific professional development needs to expand employment opportunities and as a pathway to future post-graduate studies. With expert guidance, you are able to design a multidisciplinary degree, tailored to meet your specific professional needs and career aspirations.

This program delivers the latest evidence-based research through innovative subjects, to provide you with the skills to navigate the complex and growing challenges faced in organisations, allied health and social service delivery.

As a student you will:

  • Gain the skills to evaluate and implement current research evidence to inform your area of interest or practice
  • Customise your qualification to suit your professional practice with a diverse range of subjects
  • Expand your knowledge and gain practical skills in your area of interest or practice
  • Develop competencies for interprofessional practice required within anticipated environments which services are delivered
  • Learn via flexible online study to suit your busy schedule.
  • The program has been developed to meet industry demand, by giving you a comprehensive understanding of the latest policy, practice and research.

The Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Practice encompasses an interdisciplinary, international and evidence-based approach, facilitating collaboration and networking between students from around the globe. It is intended to fit flexibly around the busy practice of professionals, providing you with the opportunity to upskill while still working.

Credit transfers and advanced standing


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU


Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

The Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Practice is a bespoke course. The core units provide essential knowledge and skills that underscore professional knowledge.

Course structure

An extensive range of specialist electives may be chosen by students from one or more disciplines and provide specialised and technical knowledge with a focus on acquisition and application of theoretical concepts, research skills, critical analysis relevant to your area of interest and expertise.

  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
(2 units)
20Compulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below:

HSC501 Interprofessional Practice
HSC505 Leadership, Change and Reflective Practice

Specialist Electives
(6 units)

Specialist Elective units totalling 60 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

HSC502 Recovery Oriented Mental Health Practice
HSC503 Advanced Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies (commencing 2023)
HSC504 Advanced Counselling/ Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs Field
HSC513 Advanced Skills for Regional and Remote Practice
HSC514 Introduction to Telehealth
HSC516 Advanced Health Informatics
HSC517 e-Health (commencing 2023)
HSC520 Advanced Contexts of Mental Health Practice (commencing 2023)
HSC551 Advanced Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (commencing 2023)
HSC552 Advanced Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
HSC553 Advanced Cardiometabolic Rehabilitation (commencing 2023)
HSC554 Advanced Physiology of Sport and Exercise (commencing 2023)
HSC555 Advanced Motor Control, Growth and Development (commencing 2023)
HSC556 Advanced Applied Coaching Principles Across the Lifespan
HSC567 Advanced Periodisation of Training (commencing 2023)
HSC569 Advanced Psychology and Sport (commencing 2023)
HSC570 Advanced Physical Activity in Special Populations
HSC571 Advanced Sport Injuries, Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Corrective Exercises
HSC574 Advanced Rural and Remote Health
HSC576 Advanced Social Media and Marketing in Health Promotion
HSC581 Advanced Mental Health and Wellbeing
NUT501 Principles of Nutrition Science
NUT502 Nutrition Across the Lifecycle
NUT503 Food Science, Technology and Services
NUT504 Food, Society and the Environment
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM566 Chronic Conditions Control
PHM592 Global Health
PSY560 Advanced Theories of Personality (commencing 2023)
PSY561 Advanced Cognition, Language, and Perception
PSY562 Advanced Social Psychology (commencing 2023)
PSY563 Advanced Biological Bases of Behaviour (commencing 2023)
PSY564 Advanced Psychological Interventions 
PSY565 Advanced Ethics and Professional Issues in Psychology (commencing 2023)
PSY567 Advanced Health Psychology (commencing 2023)
PSY568 Advanced Forensic Psychology
PSY569 Advanced Developmental Psychology
PSY570 Advanced Abnormal Psychology 
PSY571 Advanced Applied Psychology (commencing 2023)
PSY572 Advanced Motivation and Emotion (commencing 2023)
PSY573 Advanced Theories of Learning and Memory
PSY574 Advanced Counselling in Psychology
SWK521 Analysing Social Work Foundations
SWK522 Co-creating Social Justice in Practice
SWK523 Social Work Theory for Advanced Professional Practice
SWK524 Communities, Social Change and Development
SWK525 Loss, Grief and Mental Health
SWK526 Leadership in Social Policy
SWK527 Critical Partnerships for Practice: Individuals, Groups and Families
SWK528 Advancing Social Work Research
SWK529 Integrated Methods for Social Work Futures
SWK556 Trauma Informed Practice
SWK558 Cultural Security in Child Protection Practice
SWK571 Creative Therapy: Principles and Practices
SWK573 Creative Ways of Working with Diverse Groups
SWK574 Creative Ways of Working with Trauma
SWK575 Creative Approaches to Case Work and Assessment
SWK576 Research and Evaluation of Creative Therapies

Course Total80 

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Diploma AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.


Study plan

  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective


Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
HSC501 Interprofessional PracticeCOHSC505 Leadership, Change and Reflective PracticeCO
Specialist electiveSESpecialist electiveSE
Specialist electiveSESpecialist electiveSE
Specialist electiveSESpecialist electiveSE

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective


Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  HSC505 Leadership, Change and Reflective PracticeCO
  Specialist electiveSE
  Specialist electiveSE
  Specialist electiveSE
Year 2
HSC501 Interprofessional PracticeCO  
Specialist electiveSE  
Specialist electiveSE  
Specialist electiveSE  


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master's degree, or equivalent international qualification in a Health, Allied Health or Biomedical discipline.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.


CDU student

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Course details


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Practice
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Health, Allied Health Sciences

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.


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Casuarina campus (FF)
Online (FF)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Casuarina campus

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