(Health and Social Wellbeing)
The Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Wellbeing offers a holistic perspective on wellness which is delivered online using mindful and contemplative approaches to learning.
An important element of education at Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is to embody self-care within the process of learning how to care for the health and social needs of others. This approach is essential to successfully addressing the inherent risks of burnout and fatigue when caring for others. The embodied, holistic and contemplative online learning foundations at NTI are unique within postgraduate education.
|Head of Program
||Dr Susan Sumskis|
|Course Duration||Full-time: 6 months | Part-time: from 12 months for domestic students only|
|Delivery Method||Online study|
Bachelor degree with a major in a relevant field, such as health sciences, social sciences, liberal arts, or education (demonstrated through the provision of academic transcript) OR
relevant working experience and professional training over at least three (3) years; for example, in the health, social services or education sector (demonstrated through the provision of a CV or evidence of professional training, such as a certificate of completion, and a written outline of relevance and importance of undertaking study in health and social wellbeing to current or future roles).
|English Language Requirements||
Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Applicants who have not completed substantial tertiary studies in English will need to meet our English Language Requirements.
Please note: Although this course does not directly lead to a registration as a health professional, on completion of this course, those wishing to register as a health professional in Australia will also need to satisfy the AHPRA requirement of an overall IELTS score of 7.
|Related Courses||Master of Arts (Health and Social Wellbeing)
Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Wellbeing
|Tuition Fees 2021#||Domestic $8,600#
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens. For more information visit our Fees and Scholarships page.
Tuition fees, non-tuition fees, and refunds are governed by NTI’s Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy
|Non-Tuition Fees||More about non-tuition fees|
|CRICOS Course Code||082517C|
|CRICOS Provider Number||03233C|
3 Core Subjects
|HSW902||Nutrition Through the Lifespan|
1 Elective Subjects
|HSW905||Compassion at Work|
|HSW906||Social and Cultural Wellbeing|
|ABS901||Introduction to Buddhism|
Please note: Not all electives are offered in each semester. Please check the subject timetable for a full list of subjects scheduled
‘Mind-Body Wellness’ explores and analyses psychological, emotional, physical, social, and environmental factors that can contribute to, or work against, the health and wellbeing of individuals and societies. The subject examines mind-body wellness research from a range of perspectives, as well as exploring practical tools and interventions to assist others in improving mind-body wellness.
Nutrition Through the Lifespan
This subject takes a lifespan perspective to nutrition, diet and exercise, addressing nutritional requirements fundamental to human growth through the lifespan, drawing on different health and science disciplines to provide a basis for understanding nutrition.
You will discuss the many factors that impact on healthy food choices and how foods can be utilised to enhance wellbeing.
Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice
‘Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice’ examines Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), which is central to contemporary health research and practice. Students will learn how to apply scientific methods and statistical principles to a variety of research situations and questions, and to understand the ways in which knowledge in the health and social sciences is validated and communicated.
Complementary and alternative medicine is a thriving sector of health care. Case studies will enable students to study the philosophies, practices and supporting evidence base for selected therapies such as meditation, traditional medicine, qigong, yoga, spiritual healing, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, shiatsu, iridology and kinesiology.
This subject is designed to prepare students to be successful in their postgraduate studies.
The subject strengthens existing academic abilities and literacies, usually gained through undergraduate study, and introduces contemporary topics to help students develop critical thinking, research and communication skills. The subject includes an introduction to contemplative inquiry which underpins the postgraduate curriculum.
The subject will support students in their first session of postgraduate study; facilitate an understanding of the nature and structure of their degrees; provide resources and peer support to enhance academic and digital literacies needed for success in their degree.
Compassion at Work
Compassion has been identified as a priority area for improvement in health care. Explicit training in compassion is now necessary within health care settings, which are becoming increasingly complex and fast-paced.
This subject examines the implications of compassion in health care for individuals, organisations and society and draws from the growing field of Compassion Science, which suggests that compassion is central to positive outcomes in health care.
This subject also examines physiological, psychological, philosophical and sociological evidence, which proposes a positive correlation between compassionate health care enhanced by contemplative practice and staff and clients’ quality of life.
It is grounded in a strength-based, resilience-building approach while offering both applied and theoretical experience of compassion for personal and professional development in health care. This subject is also highly relevant to a range of business professionals.
Social and Cultural Wellbeing
This subject addresses health and social services in the culturally and socially diverse world in which we live and work. Indigenous experience of health and wellness is a major theme, and you will gain an appreciation of the achievements and needs of Indigenous Australians. The subject also examines cultural awareness in the context of the helping professionals for people working in multi-cultural settings with different health and cultural philosophies and practices, and the impact of cultural diversity on health outcomes and the delivery of health care. Students will examine discrimination, equal opportunity and human rights, relationship and social justice principles, social philosophies and practices and theories of social disadvantage.
Introduction to Buddhism
‘Introduction to Buddhism’ outlines and explores the fundamentals of Buddhist thought. Students examine ideas around the origin and development of Buddhism, key Buddhist doctrines, and the basic concepts of Buddhist philosophy across various traditions. The role of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and practice in approaching morality and ethics, as well as contemporary developments in global Buddhism, is introduced and critically appraised. Students critically examine the meaning of life through Buddhist perspectives.
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ABOUT NAN TIEN INSTITUTE
Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.
NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.