Disability and inclusion


Gain a contemporary understanding of disability and inclusion. Be taught by leading researchers and practitioners in the field, and learn firsthand the policies and barriers that affect one in six Australians with a disability.

Explore your study options

Learn relevant, innovative and critical approaches to understanding disability and inclusion, thanks to the up-to-date and practical material in our courses.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Choose a degree that will get you work ready

Our disability and inclusion courses will provide you with relevant skills and knowledge. Plus, they’re built to respond to changes in government funding and care, such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Real-world experience

Graduate ready for work with extensive placement opportunities built into your course. While you study, you’ll cover areas like government policy, human rights and advocacy and inclusive services.

Learn from leading experts

Deakin’s academics are globally recognised experts in disability and inclusion research, teaching and learning. That’s what makes us Victoria’s #1 university for educational experience.*

Work in a rural community

Many of our courses have a rural and regional focus that helps to address the significant health workforce shortage in these communities.

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Study at Deakin and be rewarded with new skills that will give you an edge in the job market

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Take the next step to a brighter future

Explore our courses in disability and inclusion and find out more about life at Deakin. Get more inspiration for your future career in a major growth sector.

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How to choose the right course for you

If you're interested in furthering your career in disability and inclusion, Deakin can help you get there. Increase your job prospects by being better informed about positive options and techniques to assist and support people with disabilities.

Are you new to this area of study?

If you're new to this discipline area, you can begin your journey at the undergraduate level. Browse our undergraduate courses in disability and inclusion, or across health sciences and community health:

Are you working or studying in this area?

If you've completed an undergraduate course in any area, Deakin's postgraduate options in disability and inclusion will help you reach your career goals, especially if you have work experience in the sector.

Top professional roles in disability and inclusion

With ageing populations and public health issues like obesity, heart disease and chronic illness on the rise, governments in Australia and around the world are placing increasing emphasis on the health sector. Jobs in the field are expected to grow significantly by 2033.^

  • 122,900 new jobs for health and community service workers.
  • 42,600 new jobs for aged and disability carers.
  • 5,700 new jobs for health and welfare services managers.

Graduate with an employment advantage

The Australian health care and social assistance sector is one of the largest and fastest growing, with employment projected to grow by over half a million jobs by 2033.^ Study disability and inclusion at Deakin to graduate highly skilled and work ready.

I envisage a world where inclusion isn't dependent on whether someone has a disability. Our students graduate with the tools, passion and skills to create change.

Jo Watson

Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Development

World-class teaching experiences

With an emphasis on teaching excellence, practical training and innovative course design, our disability and inclusion degrees will equip you with the skills to build your career.

Learn from experienced academics

Our teaching staff bring a wealth of practical expertise to the classroom, sharing real-world case studies to enable your learning. This ensures you receive hands-on training grounded in real-world practice.

Support diverse clients

Our programs place a strong emphasis on diversity and cultural safety, ensuring you're well-equipped to provide culturally responsive services to clients from all backgrounds.

Study flexibly online

Deakin offers flexible online study options. Our online courses are recognised by industry, recommended by your peers and will make you a highly sought-after graduate. Learn at your own pace, without compromising on quality or support.

Learn Auslan

Gain an introduction to Australian sign language and open new opportunities for your career. Depending on your course, our Auslan units can be studied as a standalone single unit, an elective, or as part of your major or minor.

Want to explore more?

If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in disability and inclusion, we'll help get you there.

  • Rewarding careers in disability and inclusion
  • Which health degree is right for you?
  • How placement sets you up for a successful health sciences career

Rewarding careers in disability and inclusion

Do you have a passion for helping others? Discover the rewarding careers available through studying disability and inclusion at Deakin.

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Which health degree is right for you?

Want to study health but don’t know where to start? There are many options to consider when it comes to choosing which health degree is right for you.

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How placement sets you up for a successful health sciences career

Discover how completing a placement as part of your health sciences degree will prepare you with the real-world skills for a successful career.

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*2022 Student Experience Survey, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
^Jobs and Skills Australia, Employment Projections 2023–2028
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

++Some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.

Contact us

Got a question about our disability and inclusion courses? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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