University of Sydney specialist education course for advanced disability services, policy and research. This flexible, multidisciplinary online program is for professionals working in the rapidly changing field of developmental disability that includes intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders and cerebral palsy.

Offered by the University of Sydney it is designed for practitioners from diverse backgrounds including nursing, allied health therapies, social work and education. It is one of the longest-established postgraduate disability coursework programs in Australia.

University of Sydney, professor of intellectual disability, Roger Stancliffe said the program is delivered by world-class developmental disability researchers and lecturers who are actively involved in disability services. “Many have had a career-long involvement in the field as practitioners, researchers and academics. They are committed to advancing health and social policy and practice solutions to enable individuals with disability to participate fully in society,” he said.  “People with development disability are by far the major users of disability services, including the NDIS, and tend to use a wide range of services because of their multiple support needs.”

The duration of the course is three semesters full time or three years part time. It comprises web-based training with no on-campus attendance required. The degree includes elective units of study on:

  • Employment (Work and Developmental Disability)
  • Sexuality
  • Communication
  • Community Living
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Parenting with Developmental Disability

A Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Developmental Disability) is also available as  a full one semester online course or one year part time.

Applications close on 31 January, 2017.

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