Disability and inclusion


Our courses will provide you with contemporary knowledge of disability and inclusion. Through contact with world leaders in research and knowledge development in the field, you will develop ways of understanding lived experience, policy and practice for inclusion.

Get work-ready

You'll form relevant, innovative and critical approaches to understanding disability and inclusion thanks to the up-to-date and practical material taught in our courses. One in five Australians have a disability, so you'll be ready to join a rapidly growing sector.


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, master’s 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.

Current skills and knowledge

Our courses in disability will provide you with relevant, up-to-date skills and knowledge, geared towards changes to government funding and care in disability, such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Taught by leading academics

Course Director Associate Professor Patsie Frawley
(Master of Disability and Inclusion) is a leading researcher in sexuality and disability, abuse prevention and self advocacy. Her national research projects in self advocacy resulted in the peer education program Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships – ran by and for people with an intellectual disability.

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

Lecturer, School of Health and Social Development

Choosing the right course

If you're interested in a career in this discipline, Deakin can help you get there.

Are you new to this area of study?

If you haven't previously worked or studied in this area, you'll need to complete an undergraduate course before moving on to our specialised postgraduate programs.
Browse the undergraduate offerings in some of our other health sciences and allied health disciplines.

Are you working or studying in this area?

If you've completed an undergraduate course or have professional experience in this field, Deakin's postgraduate offering will help you reach your career goals.

Leaders in their field

Leading School of Health and Social Development academics Associate Professor Patsie Frawley and Dr Jo Watson are globally recognised experts in research, teaching and learning. Their innovative approaches to social inclusion and disability contribute to the contemporary approaches of our courses.

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Disability and Inclusion at Deakin

Student Kellie Hall talks about her experiences studying the Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion at Deakin University.

Webinar: Rewarding careers in disability and inclusion

Ready for a rewarding career in the health industry? Learn more about your study options and employment opportunities in the growing sector of disability and inclusion.

Make a difference through research

Research related to this discipline is conducted by the following groups:

Increase your job opportunities by being better informed about positive options and techniques to assist and support the one in five members of the Australian population who has some form of disability.

Learn more about researching with us

Collaborative programs

Sexual Lives: Respectful Relationships uses a community-driven and collaboratively developed model to deliver a peer-led relationships and sexuality program for people with disabilities in local communities. It was developed in collaboration with people with intellectual disability and university researchers.

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Choose an area that you're interested in and learn how Deakin's extensive range of study options and experiences can help turn your dreams into reality.