The Diploma in Disability and Community Practice requires one year of full-time study or the equivalent part-time. The course is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The Diploma in Disability and Community Practice is offered only as an exit award for students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education or the Bachelor of Disability and Community Inclusion who choose not to complete that program.
The Diploma in Disability and Community Practice is focused on promoting the rights of people with disability to inclusive lives.
The program provides students with work-relevant skills and knowledge they can apply in a wide range of contexts in disability, health and human services fields.
On completion of this course you will be able to:
- understand and activate human rights in the lives of people with disability
- work in alliance with people with disability, their families and advocates to promote inclusion and quality in life
- promote the physical and emotional well-being of people with disability
- use advocacy, negotiation and person-centred planning skills to facilitate community inclusion for and with people with disability
Program of study
To qualify for the Diploma in Disability and Community Practice, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study set out below.
Core - Year 1 topics
31.5 units comprising:
DSRS1201 Perspectives on Disability (4.5 units)
DSRS1202 Disability Across the Life Course (4.5 units)
DSRS1211 Introduction to Disability and Neurodiversity (4.5 units)
DSRS1215 Introduction to Communication Diversity and Support Needs (4.5 units)
DSRS1217 The Disability Landscape (4.5 units)
DSRS1218 Critical Issues in Disability Practice (4.5 units)
HLTH1010 Research and Study Skills 1 (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
Plus 4.5 units of option topics selected from the following list:
EDUC1224 Foundations of Special Education (4.5 units)
GOVT1001 Fundamentals of Public Policy (4.5 units)
INNO1001 Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognising Opportunities (4.5 units)
INNO1004 Creative Thinking & Problem Solving: Finding & Framing Problems Worth Solving (4.5 units)
PSYC1108 The Psychology of Surviving and Thriving (4.5 units)
SOAD1010 Mental Health and Public Participation (4.5 units)
SOCI1010 Sociology of Everyday Life (4.5 units)