The Master of Custodial Health will provide you with 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.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop research skills and translate evidence into clinical practice; and demonstrate an expanded awareness of contemporary issues during the delivery of advanced clinical practices and therapeutic responses. These skills will enhance your ability to undertake an advanced role such as clinical nurse specialist, custodial allied health professional or clinical nurse consultant in the Justice Health context.
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 to 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.
- applied research design principles in the clinical context.
- demonstrated awareness of contemporary issues during the delivery of advanced clinical practices and therapeutic responses.
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Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)
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Admission to the program will be available for applicants who are registered nurses or registered allied health professionals and have:
- a minimum of one year relevant work eperience; OR
- completed a Bachelor (Honours) (AQF Level 8); OR
- completed postgraduate qualifications such as a Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8) or Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8).
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.
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
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.
The Master of Custodial Health requires the completion of 80 units, consisting of 40 units of core courses, plus 40 units selected from a list of directed courses relevant to nurses and health professionals working in an advanced role in custodial health.
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.
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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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
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|NURS6028||Health and Substance Misuse||10 units|
|NURS6085||Forensic Mental Health||10 units|
|NURS6801||Primary Health Care||10 units|
|PUBH6301||Chronic Disease and Injury Control||10 units|
Complete 40 units from the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
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|INDH6007||Investigating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the public health context||Not currently offered||10 units|
|NURS6026||Youth and Young Adult Mental Health: 12 to 24 Years||10 units|
|NURS6035||Therapeutic Engagement and Psychosocial Interventions||10 units|
|NURS6061||Contemporary Mental Health||10 units|
|NURS6900||Introduction to Research in Health Care||10 units|
|NURS6910||Knowledge Translation in Health Care||10 units|
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.
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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