Course Structure

Course structure

To gain the Specialist Certificate in Service Navigation you must complete two 12.5 credit points comprised of:

  • One core subject; and
  • One elective subject.
Core Subject
Service Navigation Theory12.5

Service Navigation Theory

This subject will introduce students to the field of service navigation including the context that gave rise to the field; the shift from the ‘passive recipient of care’ to the ‘engaged partner in care’; the application of the role in public and private settings; and, the practice fields in which service navigation is both established and emerging.

Detailed Information HLTH90010
Type Core
Elective Subjects
Advanced Trauma Perspectives12.5

Advanced Trauma Perspectives

This subject critically examines contemporary trauma theories, including psychodynamic, narrative, and anti-oppressive approaches. It explores their application to working with individuals, families and communities in a variety of practice settings.

Detailed Information SCWK90027
Type Elective
Ageing Health & Human Services12.5

Ageing Health & Human Services

This subject explores the interface of policy and practice in the delivery of aged care services. The responses to policy shifts in aged care over time will be explored. The course will then focus on the present-day impact of health care, mental health, income security, housing, and employment, educational and recreational policies on the delivery of services to older citizens collectively and as individuals. Case studies will be used to illustrate both the theoretical and practical aspects of designing and delivering services.

Detailed Information POPH90267
Type Elective
Psychosocial Oncology12.5

Psychosocial Oncology

This subject explores the theoretical paradigms, and the political, economic and social determinants of psychosocial practice in the field of oncology. Advances in cancer care, and the relevance of these in relation to life stresses and quality of life, have resulted in the increased importance of psychosocial issues on assessment, intervention and recovery. The subject will include the impact of cancer on the developmental stage of the individual, including family and interpersonal relationships, as well as issues related to survivorship and the management of cancer as a chronic illness. Professionals working in multidisciplinary cancer care teams are in a unique position to respond to the needs of people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their carers. This subject aims to strengthen your capacity to respond effectively and appropriately from a psychosocial service perspective.

Detailed Information HLTH90003
Type Elective
Suicide Prevention12.5

Suicide Prevention

This subject explores the theoretical frameworks and available evidence in the field of suicide prevention, regarding the identification and assessment of suicide-related thoughts and behaviours. The subject will dually focus on theoretical knowledge and skills-based acquisition, with a focus on assessment and interventional strategies that are brief and evidence-informed. The language of suicide and definitional issues that exist within the field of suicidology will be explored, as will the ethical aspects of working clinically and undertaking research with suicidal clients. The impact and contribution of psychosocial issues to suicidal crises will be considered, as will the importance of professionals understanding the meaning of self-harming and suicidal behaviours, from the perspective of those engaging in the behaviours. This subject will primarily focus on the integration of theory and practice in assessing and responding to suicidality in the context of the Australian service system.

Detailed Information HLTH90009
Type Elective
International Child and Family Welfare12.5

Advanced Trauma Perspectives

This subject explores the ways in which child welfare systems internationally have developed in response to child care and protection needs. It will consider the controversies surrounding the protection of children, and the developing knowledge base that informs responses to child maltreatment. It will explore the knowledge base underpinning child protection responses, and will explore some of the innovative frameworks, approaches and key ideas that have emerged over time. It will explore some of the universal values and beliefs that underpin and drive child protection systems, particularly within Western jurisdictions, and will consider the implications of this for the development of child protection typologies that have broader international relevance.

Detailed Information HLTH90008
Type Elective
Domestic and Family Violence 12.5

Domestic and Family Violence

This subject provides foundational knowledge in understanding domestic and family violence (DFV) and the intervention for workers in the human services sector. An analysis which draws from an ecological and a public health framing of the cultural, structural, relational and individual understandings of DFV informs the content of the course. An approach which recognises the gendered patterns of DFV and which also recognises the impact on children of living with violence and abuse provides the parameters of the subject. Issues of diversity will be woven throughout the subject.

Specific topics that will be covered include: prevalence and incidence of DFV and what this tells us about children, gender and intersectionality; risk assessment and risk management; accountability for men who use violence; strengthening the mother-child relationship in the aftermath of violence; supporting collaborative inter-agency practice; specific issues for child protection workers; the prevention agenda and strategies for earlier intervention.

Detailed Information HLTH90007
Type Elective


On average, it is estimated that students will be required to allocate 15-19 hours per week for ‘study’ time for each subject. However, the time commitment required can vary based on individual task management and planning skills, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.

Entry requirements

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