University of Newcastle
Master of Health Science
Master of Health Science, Graduate Certificate in Health Science
This program is available in two specialisations:
• Drug and Alcohol Studies specialisation
• Stroke Management specialisation
The Drug and Alcohol specialisation aims to produce graduates with a broad knowledge base related to alcohol and other drug use, including epidemiology, clinical consequences of use and dependence, explanatory models, history and social context, pharmacology, the ability to critically appraise research literature and apply evidence-based findings in the workplace and an appreciation of preventative approaches.
The Stroke Management specialisation will promote the development of health professionals with knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as an expert clinician within specialist multidisciplinary stroke services. It will enhance patient outcomes through the application of evidence-based practice in the clinical setting and applied using the skills of a multidisciplinary stroke team. It will enhance the capacity for the develop of research initiatives in advanced stroke management, and will contribute towards a reduction in stroke morbidity and mortality by promoting stroke champions with broad ranging knowledge and skills in service planning, development and evaluation.
It is envisaged that Drug & Alcohol Studies graduates will work in assessment and counselling of alcohol and other drug problems. Graduates who are employed in non-Alcohol and other drug settings will be able to competently assess and counsel alcohol and other drug problems. Stroke Management graduates will be working or planning to work in a relevant clinical environment working with people diagnosed with stroke.