The 4 main focus points of this course are disabilities involving physical, intellectual, psychiatric and aged impairments.

The introduction to Health and disabilities is a foundation course that can be undertaken to see if you would like to establish a career in working in support, welfare or health fields. The reward you receive from working in this industry is helping people grow, develop and learn to work around their disabilities to lead a fulfilling life.

The course is self-paced and able to be studied at any time.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Types of Disabilities 
  2. Careers and Places to Work
  3. Alternative Therapies
  4. Systems of the Body
  5. Issues I – Clients
  6. Issues II - Employers
  7. Education/Recovery Model
  8. Physical Disability and Treatment
  9. Intellectual Disability and Treatment
  10. Psychiatric Disability and Treatment
  11. Aged Disability and Treatment
  12. Reports and Documents
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Understanding the history of disability through Western and Eastern philosophies
  • Understanding the ‘notion’ of disability
  • Looking at the wide variety of roles and places to work within the field of health
  • Looking at Eastern Medicine and an Alternative Therapies Approach
  • Looking at specific Issues that people face with disabilities
  • Looking at some of the important issues that a health professional will need to understand when working in the field
  • Responding to a general model from ‘crisis to recovery’
  • Further insight into physical issues and treatments
  • Further understanding of intellectual disabilities and approaches
  • Looking into the many psychiatric disorders and history and their treatment
  • Understanding Aged care and more specific needs in this field
  • Learning about Case Studies through  examples, design and writing