School of Health and Social Development


Exciting new course on offer in 2015!

The Faculty of Health is excited to announce a brand new course that will be offered from 2015 – the Master of Child Play Therapy.

Child Play Therapy is a growing specialist area within the mental health and early childhood sectors. It is an evidence-based profession in which play is used as the medium to transform children’s lives when they have experienced abuse or trauma, have a developmental disorder, or are experiencing a mental health issue.

Deakin is the only university in Australia offering training in Child Play Therapy. This two-year master degree provides specialist training for health, welfare, and education professionals who work in community-based services with children and families who have experienced developmental, emotional, trauma or events that result in or comprise a mental health issue or concern.

Practitioners from the early childhood education field, and people currently working with children and families who have trained in the health and welfare professions such as occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, psychologists, paediatric and mental health nurses, creative arts therapists (e.g. music therapists and art therapists) will find this degree of interest. Basic prerequisites include experience working with children and families, and a relevant undergraduate degree.
Graduates will be eligible to become a Registered Play Therapist with the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA).
Following the closing date for applications, short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. Only candidates deemed suitable at interview will be offered a place.

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Conversations that matter

Brought to you by the School of Health and Social Development, this free seminar on Improving Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities takes place at our Burwood campus on 14 October. The evening will be facilitated by Dr George Taleporos and will feature leaders from the fields of disability employment and inclusion:
 Mr Graeme Innes AM, former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
 Mr Craig Harrison, CEO of Disability Employment Australia
 Ms Lucy Macali, General Manager, National Disability Recruitment Coordinator
 Dr Kevin Murfitt, Lecturer, Deakin University
 Ms Stella Young, Comedian, Journalist and Disability Activist
When: Tuesday 14 October, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Where: Deakin University, Level 2, Building BC, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC
Please register by Monday 29 September for catering purposes as light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event. For further information email

NAHSSS Scholarships available

The Department of Health has recently advised that there will be additional scholarships available as a part of newly announced scholarships by the Commonwealth Government.
There will be 28 additional scholarships under the NAHSSS Allied Health Postgraduate Scholarship Stream and 36 additional scholarships ( 18 in the 1st Round and 18 in the 2nd Round) available under the NAHSSS Allied Health Continuing professional Development Scholarships in 2015 in identified areas of practice i.e. primary care, aged care, mental health as well as Indigenous Health services.
Further details about the scholarships are available from the SARRAH website, and a flyer is also below.

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Health Literacy Masterclass

The Deakin University Public Health Innovation Unit has announced a two-day masterclass open to health professionals, managers and executives, health planners and those active in health promotion and community services. The masterclass offers the chance to interact with leading national and international experts who are experienced in tackling the challenges of assessing and responding to health literacy needs, especially of 'hard to reach' groups.

The masterclass is now full, however you can go on a waiting list to attend by contacting

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How to win the war on drugs?

Dr Matthew Dunn, Senior Lecturer in Public Health was interviewed on Sydney radio station 2UE by Angela Catterns on Tuesday 29 April about the Australian Crime Commission's latest report on illicit drug use in Australia. The interview focused on the dramatic increase in performance and image enhancing drugs being detected at the Australian border. In 2012-2013, there were 10 356 detections of these substances, the highest number on record; overall, a record 86 918 national illicit seizures occurred during this period.

Has the war on drugs been won? Will it ever be won? Dr Dunn says that when you take one drug off the market, people will find others. Australia spends more money on policing drugs rather than reducing the harms.

Success at VicHealth 2013 Awards

The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) had great success at the 2013 Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) Awards held on Tuesday 3 December. C-PAN were finalists in two of the nine award categories, and won one of the awards.

Professor Kylie Ball, Professor David Crawford and Dr Sarah McNaughton, in partnership with the National Heart Foundation and Coles Supermarkets, received the VicHealth award for Promoting Healthy Eating. The award was presented by the Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis.

In addition, Professor Tony Worsley was a member of a team led by RMIT that was a finalist for the VicHealth award for Preventing Harm from Alcohol.

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17th June 2011