Courses & Units

Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies for Health Professionals H5G

Distance Launceston


This inter-disciplinary course is offered part-time only over 1 year or 2 semesters. It is open to all health professionals employed or wishing to be employed in the area of addiction disorders. The maximum time for completion is 3 years. The course is offered from Launceston, Hobart, Cradle Coast and Interstate.

Please note that Graduate programs are offered subject to student demand and the availability of School of Health Sciences resources.


Course Name Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies for Health Professionals
Course Abbreviation GradCertAS
Course Duration 1 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 3 Years
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Health



Location Study periods
Distance Launceston Semester 1, Semester 2


The School of Health Sciences, in collaboration with cooperating health care agencies, aims to create an educational environment which values critical reflective thinking, life-long learning, acquisition of generic attributes and professional development. The primary course objective is to provide health professionals with the knowledge, awareness and skills to work sensitively with clients and families affected by addiction disorders.

Career Outcomes

Graduates may find employment across a broad range of settings related to addiction disorders.


Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree or have qualifications and experience deemed to be the equivalent, and be employed in a field related to addiction disorders.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Course Structure


  • CNA547Contexts of AddictionDetails

    This unit examines the complex needs of the person requiring Addiction Services. Students will explore epidemiological theories of substance abuse and identify principles of dependence within a range of maladaptive behaviours. In addition, students will extend their knowledge and understanding…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CNA548Assessment and Management of Addictive DisordersDetails

    In this unit students will develop the evidence-based assessment and planning skills they require in their work with alcohol and other drug dependant clients in a public health framework. This includes clinical assessment of alcohol and drug issues and identification…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CNA549Approaches to InterventionDetails

    In this unit students will further develop their knowledge and skills in the delivery of alcohol and other drug interventions. This unit will focus on current contemporary treatment approaches including psychosocial interventions and pharmacological treatments. This includes the range of…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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  • CNA550Self-Directed Project in Addiction StudiesDetails

    This unit is experiential and practice focussed. Students will use contracted learning to extend and demonstrate application of their knowledge and skills in the area of Addiction through the development of an extensive portfolio of evidence. The portfolio should reveal…

    Credit Points: 12.5


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Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules

1 In these specifications 'Faculty' means the Faculty of Health.


2. To qualify for admission, a candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies must:

[i] hold an undergraduate degree in a health field with a grade point average of at least a credit (or equivalent); or

[ii] have qualifications or experience deemed to be the equivalent of one of the above;

[iii] be employed in the field of addiction disorders.

3 A candidate shall complete the award requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, normally in not less than one year of part-time study (or equivalent) and not more than three years of part-time study, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

4 To qualify for the award, a candidate shall pass the four 12.5% units as specified in the Schedule accompanying these specifications.

5 [i] Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites and as summarised in the Schedule.

[ii] Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.

[iii] In every case the order in which the units are taken shall be subject to approval in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 4.

6 A candidate entering clinical practice in a clinical agency shall observe the rules, regulations, policies, protocols, procedures and by-laws of that clinical agency.

Credit for previous studies

7 Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the award, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award.


8 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these specifications.

9 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2012 and shall apply to all candidates for the award, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.

10 The approved abbreviation for the award of Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies for Health Professionals shall be GradCertAS.