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Duration1 year part-time up to 3 years maximum.1 year full-time.
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Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Trimester 1 (24 Jan 2022), Trimester 2 (9 May 2022),
Program Code40300

Program handbook


The Graduate Certificate in Custodial Health will provide you wih advanced clinical skills for responding to the needs of patients in custodial health settings using advanced strategies to provide assessment, support and evidence-based interventions. You will have the opportunity to plan to provide advanced health care to adults and adolescents who encounter the justice system in a range of settings including police cells, courts, correctional facilities, forensic mental health units, and post-release services.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • demonstrated advanced practice skills in the custodial health clinical environment.
  • applied advanced strategies to provide assessment, support and evidence-based interventions to respond to the needs of patients in custodial health settings.
  • planned and delivered advanced nursing practice to patients from culturally diverse backgrounds and Indigenous Australians.
  • engaged and collaborated with other health professionals to provide an interdisciplinary response to the needs of patients in custodial health settings.


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Program code40300
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online
  • Australian students - 1 year part-time.
Term typeSemesters and Trimesters
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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to the program will be available for applicants who are a:

  1. Registered nurse OR Registered health professional WITH
  2. a minimum of one-year relevant work experience.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

1 year part-time up to 3 years maximum.

Program requirements

This program requires the successful completion of 40 units. Students must complete the 40 units of core courses, listed in the program handbook. Students must complete only courses that form part of this program.

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following 40 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
NURS6028Health and Substance Misuse
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6085Forensic Mental Health
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6801Primary Health Care
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6301Chronic Disease and Injury Control
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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