Graduate Certificate of Alcohol and Other Drugs Practice

Charles Darwin University
1 year
Part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Graduate Certificate of Alcohol and Other Drugs Practice

About this program

Graduate Certificate of Alcohol and Other Drugs Practice

Our Graduate Certificate of Alcohol and Other Drugs provides health and allied health professionals, and non-health professionals the opportunity to study in a program that meets specific professional development needs and provides a pathway to future post-graduate studies. The course is designed to develop your understanding of contemporary issues surrounding alcohol and other drug use from social, political, health, psychological, physiological and legal perspectives. In addition, you will develop skills in assessment for substance misuse, motivational interviewing, treatment design and relapse prevention. This program delivers the latest evidence-based research through innovative subjects, to provide you with the skills necessary to navigate the complex and growing challenges faced in health and social services.

As a student you will:

  • Gain the skills to evaluate and implement current research evidence to inform your area of interest or practice
  • Engage in a diverse range of subjects
  • Expand your knowledge and gain practical skills in your area of interest or practice
  • Develop competencies for inter-professional practice required within anticipated environments which services are delivered
  • Learn via flexible online study to suit your busy schedule.

The program has been developed to meet industry demand, by giving you a comprehensive understanding of the latest policy, practice and research. The Graduate Certificate of Alcohol and Other Drugs encompasses an interdisciplinary, international and evidence-based approach, facilitating collaboration and networking between students from around the globe. It is intended to fit flexibly around the busy practice of professionals, providing you with the opportunity to upskill while still working.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master s degree or equivalent international qualification in a relevant field.

Applicants without a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification, but who have a minimum of four years' professional experience in a relevant health or allied health related discipline, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must provide further documentation in the form of a curriculum vitae (CV) with their application.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core units

  • Interprofessional Practice
  • Recovery Oriented Mental Health Practice
  • Advanced Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies
  • Advanced Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs Field

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition fee: $15,500




This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

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About this institute

Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a sustainable, innovative, creative and inclusive new world university located in northern Australia teaching 24,000 students from more than 69 nationalities across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 regional and remote locations; and...

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Why study at Charles Darwin University

High Graduate Salaries

CDU is ranked the number one Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes.

Leader in Online Learning

CDU is a pioneer in e-learning and has been delivering courses online for almost 20 years. While you are studying online with CDU, you'll be studying with an innovative multi-sector university that is a leader in research and online study delivery.


With small class sizes, lecturers know your name and provide personalised support and advice.


You will receive support from academic staff and the dedicated International Student Support team, who will work with you throughout your studies to ensure your success.


Our main campus in Casuarina is surrounded by nature, with bike paths linking the University to the tropical surrounds, including a beautiful beach a few minutes away. Affordable public transport connects the campus to the Darwin Central Business District (CBD).

Dual-sector university is a pathway for everyone, from VET and undergraduate courses to postgraduate and higher degrees by research.

Contact info

Charles Darwin University

Ellengowan Drive
0810 Darwin

Phone no: +61 (08) 8946 6666

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