The University of Newcastle, Australia

Central Coast

Start dates
  • First intake in 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.


1 year full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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Program code: 40244
CRICOS code: 102637C

Program handbook


Chronic health conditions represent a large burden to the Australian health care system. A cornerstone of treatment of these conditions is through safe and effective exercise interventions. The Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Chronic Disease Management is designed for students who have completed an AQF 7 Bachelor degree (or higher), or equivalent, in exercise and sport science or a cognate field of study (such as physiotherapy, medicine, occupational therapy, or nutrition and dietetics) that wish to expand their applied exercise knowledge. This program provides advanced knowledge and skills in managing chronic disease conditions through exercise prescription and delivery. Graduates will have developed broad and coherent knowledge and skills in chronic disease management as well as critical thinking skills that focus on employing exercise to treat and manage various chronic diseases. 

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Chronic Disease Management are not eligible for accreditation with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Well-developed communication skills for engaging with clients, parents, carers and significant others, accounting for sociocultural and individual factors.
  • Well-developed communication skills for engaging with other health professionals and engaging in inter-professional collaboration, including the ability to prepare written reports as required by compensable schemes.
  • Broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiological bases of chronic diseases, and the associated medical, surgical and other allied health treatment modalities and interventions for these conditions.
  • Broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of interactions between chronic diseases, their treatments and the effects of exercise interventions in managing chronic and complex clinical presentations.
  • Demonstrated cognitive and technical skills to design, implement and evaluate safe and effective exercise assessment and interventions with respect to presenting pathologies and co-morbidities and the analysis, interpretation and application of scientific evidence.
  • Demonstrated cognitive and creative skills to teach, coach and motivate clients to facilitate self-management of exercise and healthy lifestyle, using models of behaviour change, and accounting for sociocultural and individual factors.


Information correct as at19 Sep 2020 12:42 am
Program code40244
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Diploma

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Term typeSemesters
    Managing faculty
    1. Faculty of Science
    Contributing schools
    1. Newcastle Business School
    2. Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies
    3. School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
    4. School of Health Sciences
    5. School of Medicine and Public Health
    6. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
    Relevant University rules and policies
    CRICOS Code102637C

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    Admission information

    Admission requirements

    Prior completion of an AQF 7 Bachelor degree (or higher), or equivalent, in a cognate field of study to Exercise and Sport Science.

    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

    80 units

    Program duration

    1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

    International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at

    Program requirements

    The Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Chronic Disease Management requires the completion of exactly 80 units, comprised of:-

    • 50 units of core courses
    • 10 unit directed course chosen from Group A
    • 20 units of directed courses chosen from Group B

    Program plans

    Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

    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 core courses

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    EXSS6020Exercise Physiology Assessment and InterventionNot currently offered10 units
    EXSS6030Exercise and Chronic Disease Across the LifespanNot currently offered10 units
    EXSS6040Exercise in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease RehabilitationNot currently offered10 units
    MEDI6145Motivating Health Behaviour Change
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    PUBH6301Chronic Disease and Injury Control
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units

    Group A Directed Courses

    Complete 10 units from the following

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    EXSS6010Foundations of Exercise Physiology PracticeNot currently offered10 units
    PHAR6704Pharmacology of chronic conditionsNot currently offered10 units

    Group B Directed Courses

    Complete 20 units from the following. International students must choose a face to face course to meet ESOS requirements.

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    ABOR3024Aboriginal Community Development and Advocacy
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    MKTG3003Creating and Managing Brands
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
    10 units
    ABOR6001Aboriginal Foundation Studies
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    EPID6410Clinical Epidemiology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    EPID6660Public Health Implications of an Ageing Population
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    EXSS6050Geriatric Exercise PhysiologyNot currently offered10 units
    EXSS6060Exercise OncologyNot currently offered10 units
    EXSS6210Professional Practicum in Exercise Physiology 1Not currently offered10 units
    EXSS6220Professional Practicum in Exercise Physiology 2Not currently offered10 units
    HLSC6101Workplace Injury Management
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    HPRO6900Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    OHSE6010Occupational Health
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    PUBH6300Introduction to Public Health
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units

    Additional information

    All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

    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 Faculty 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.