The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education is a 36-unit program offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

This articulated, multi-disciplinary program is designed to provide health professionals with advanced knowledge and skills to deliver clinical education in health service settings. This is an emergent specialty field of education characterised by a symbiotic relationship between the learner, an experienced clinical educator and the health service.

This course is suitable for educators in both clinical and academic settings. The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education has topics in common with the masters program and students who hold either the graduate certificate or graduate diploma receive credit for related topics

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution, or the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education, or equivalent. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. 

Course aims

The graduate diploma will provide health professionals with advanced knowledge and skills to deliver clinical education in health service settings. This is an emergent specialty field of education characterised by a symbiotic relationship between the learner, an experienced clinical educator and the health service.

The course aims to provide health professionals with an understanding of foundational principles of symbiotic clinical education and the ability to demonstrate advanced and applied knowledge and skills in clinical education.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge
Graduates of the course are expected to have advanced knowledge relating to the theory, policy and practice of symbiotic clinical education within the health professions, universities and health services.

Skills
Graduates of the course are expected to have advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills relating to the theory, policy and practice of symbiotic clinical education, and be able to:

  • critically analyse and synthesise information, problems, concepts and theories relating to symbiotic clinical education and the educational programs offered across a range of health professions and disciplines
  • appraise and evaluate learning and teaching pedagogies and practices
  • transmit knowledge, skills, ideas and solutions related to symbiotic clinical education to others, including stakeholders within the health professions, universities, health services, governments and community.

Application of knowledge and skills
Graduates of the course are expected to be able to apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate:

  • autonomy, adaptability and responsibility as an educational practitioner
  • capacity to supervise health professionals learning in clinical practice
  • well-developed judgement relating to the theory, policy and practice of symbiotic clinical education within the health professions, universities and health services.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Core - Year 1 topics

18 units comprising

 HLED9101  Symbiotic Clinical Education for the Health Professions 1  (4.5 units)
 HLED9102  Symbiotic Clinical Education for the Health Professions 2  (4.5 units)
 HLED9103  Symbiotic Clinical Education for the Health Professions 3  (4.5 units)
 HLED9104  Assessment of Learning for the Health Professions  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Select 4.5 units from the following topics:

 HLED9105  Reflective Learning and Teaching  (4.5 units)
 HLED9106  Leadership & Change for the Health Professions  (4.5 units)
 HLED9108  Research Skills in Clinical Education (4.5 units)*

Plus 13.5 units from:

 HLED9107  Curriculum Design for the Health Professions  (4.5 units)
 HLED9109  Advanced Clinical Skills Teaching & Standardised Patients  (4.5 units)
 HLED9110  Teaching Ethical Analysis  (4.5 units)
 HLED9111  Simulation in Clinical Education  (4.5 units)
 HLED9112  Facilitating Interprofessional Learning (4.5 units)
 HLED9115  Social Accountability in Health Professional Education  (4.5 units)

or up to 13.5 units of postgraduate elective topics selected with the approval of the Course Coordinator, provided topic prerequisites are met.

*Students considering progression to the Master of Clinical Education by Researh must select this topic.