Course Description

Indigenous health promotion aims to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health at a community level. This means identifying community needs and strengths, developing a plan of action and putting it into practice.

This program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers who either already have a role in promoting the health of their communities and who wish to gain experience or skills in this field. It is designed to give practitioners the knowledge and skills they need to help prevent illness and injury or reduce the harms associated with these conditions. It has a particular focus on community participation and empowerment, guided by the principles of social justice and social inclusion.

The course is only offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Why study Indigenous health promotion with us?

  • Block-mode delivery allows you to attend one of Australia's leading universities while working full-time.
  • This is the only block-mode Indigenous Health Promotion graduate diploma in the country.
  • Your knowledge, skills and experiences are considered a valuable asset to the course.
  • You'll learn from, and work with, peers from a diverse range of backgrounds and locations urban, rural, remote and very remote.
  • You will work in partnership with communities to develop programs.
  • Learn the knowledge and skills to address illness and injury using best practice health promotion tools and processes.
  • The support, teaching, curriculum and facilities are world standard.
  • You will earn a highly regarded qualification from the University of Sydney.
  • Study a course that has a focus on empowering individuals and communities.
  • Implement and evaluate programs using best practice aimed at continued improvement and positive health outcomes.

Who should study this course?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are committed to improving health outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and have experience working with communities or who hold equivalent qualifications.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $9,359 total course cost.


1 year full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Health Services & Support postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 69.2% (national average 70.8%)
Improved skills: 80.2% (national average 79.2%)
Overall satisfaction: 83.7% (national average 84.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Health Services & Support postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 82.4% (national average 84.2%)
Studying full time: 7.4% (national average 6.5%)
Median full time salary: $75,000 (national average $83,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GNINHEPR2000

Entry Requirements