Developing your ability to help people who are most in need, the Graduate Diploma of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a stepping stone to a career that can truly transform lives.
Aligned with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – offering targeted support to people with disability and their carers – this program responds to the increasing demand for professionals with specialist knowledge in disability services. An elective professional portfolio unit allows you to develop your ideas for service delivery in a project format.
With career potential across disability service delivery, management and policy, this course is ideal for graduates keen to broaden their professional scope via greater knowledge and expertise in disability services.
The Graduate Certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a pathway to this course.
Contemporary issues in person-centred service provision, policy, and advocacy. Core units cover organisational change, supporting decision-making, positive behaviour change and supporting the social and economic participation of people with disability. Electives include units on autism spectrum disorder, advocacy, mental health and the option to complete a professional portfolio.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Exercise critical and analytical thinking and judgement in researching and addressing the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disability and relevant theories, models and frames of reference.
Apply knowledge and skills creatively in addressing social, institutional and relationship barriers to the full inclusion and participation of people with intellectual and developmental disability.
Demonstrate well developed judgement and use of ethical framework(s) in scholarly and professional contexts in order to protect and defend the dignity, respect and regard of people with intellectual and developmental disability.
|Knowledge of a discipline|
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice in order to provide person centred leadership.
Critically reflect on, assess and regulate one’s own learning and research capabilities and performance in order to ensure accountability in all decision making processes.
|Communication and social skills|
Effectively communicate understanding of theoretical concepts complex knowledge and ideas in order to inform and enhance supports and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disability.
Demonstrate an understanding of diverse cultural and Indigenous Australian contemporary realities and values impacting on the experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disability.
16 months part-time
16 months full-time
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See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:
- 4 core units (48 credit points); and
- 4 equivalent elective units (48 credit points).
Students may be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising all core units.
Schedule of units
|Title||Level of learning||Note|
|PBH82101 - Creating Person Centred Organisational Change||Intermediate|
|PBH82102 - Supported Decision Making for Choice and Control||Intermediate|
|PBH82103 - Positive Behaviour Support||Intermediate|
|PBH83104 - Supporting People with Disabilities Going to Work||Advanced|
|PBH82105 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder||Intermediate|
|PBH82106 - Talking Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder||Intermediate|
|PBH82107 - Advocating for Fundamental Needs||Intermediate|
|NRS93004 - Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts||Advanced|
|NRS83001 - Contemporary Mental Health||Advanced|
|CMM91010 - Healthcare Professional Portfolio A||Introductory|
|NRS83002 - Mental Health Across the Lifespan||Advanced|