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Graduate Certificate in Aboriginal Health in Rural Communities (GC-AHRC) // Entry and participation requirements

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Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • a bachelor degree, or
  • seven years of documented, relevant (in a field related to Aboriginal health or Aboriginal community development) work experience; and
  • demonstrated evidence of written and analytical skills appropriate for postgraduate study; or
  • completion of the Specialist Certificate in Empowering Health in Aboriginal Communities

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applicants, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance; or
  • work experience in Aboriginal health or Aboriginal community settings; and
  • demonstrated evidence of written and analytical skills appropriate for postgraduate study

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university's English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.


  • In accordance with the Selection and Admission Policy (MPF1295), Indigenous applicants with two years of documented work experience in a field related to Aboriginal health and/or Aboriginal community development will be considered for selection.
  • Appropriate access to, and relationships within an Aboriginal community is needed to conduct a community-based project as part of this course. This will be discussed with potential students wishing to enrol in this course and assessed by course staff on a case-by-case basis.
  • Graduates of this course may be granted up to 50 credit points of advanced standing in the Master of Public Health.

Core participation requirements

Student attendance at the intensive sessions for both compulsory subjects is required for 100% of the time unless written agreement from the course coordinator is attained. Failure to attend 100% of the intensive sessions will result in failure of the relevant subject.

Each student will receive a participation mark for each intensive session for each compulsory subject that is assessed by the instructor at that time. An average score (weighted for the time interval) will provide a participation mark worth 10% of the assessment in the first core subject and 20% of the assessment in the second core subject.

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

As Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian students will be part of the student cohort, cultural issues will be accounted for where reasonably practical. In addition, travel to attend the course will also be considered.

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook. Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home