Spiritual care

Why study spiritual care?

There is growing interest in healthcare circles in spiritual care's contribution to promoting health and providing support in illness. Much new evidence over the past decade arises from work carried out by nurses, medical practitioners, psychologists and social workers, supplementing contributions from the traditional spiritual care discipline of pastoral care.   Spiritual care practice guidelines are now being developed for various disciplines and settings, including acute care, aged care, mental health, palliative care, rehabilitation, and supportive cancer care. There is a small but steady increase in the number of specialist spiritual care positions available across these settings.

This major is the first postgraduate spiritual care training program in a health sciences context in Australia. It is designed for healthcare professionals who wish to develop their expertise in spiritual care for their own continuing practice, or who plan to transfer into the field.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Graduates will enhance their practice through gaining knowledge and skills equipping them to incorporate spiritual care into their continuing professional work. Successful completion of the program demonstrates advanced learning that will be an asset in applying for specialist spiritual care positions in a range of settings.

The Healthcare Chaplaincy Council of Victoria endorses the program as a study option for healthcare chaplains and pastoral care workers seeking to upgrade their qualifications.

Courses

Local students

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2018

Master of Health Sciences
Duration :
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
City
Year
2018
About this course
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to conduct applied research in health or community services settings (thesis stream) and to develop, implement and evaluate health-related programs and services.

It offers opportunities to learn more about a variety of specialities in the health field, to strengthen analytical skills and to consider furthering knowledge through research. The course aims to meet the needs of health professionals who have assumed or are likely to assume high-level responsibility for coordination and management of these programs and services.

At the time of applying, students are able to choose from the following majors: health administration, health evaluation and research, health information management, health policy, health promotion, gerontology, rehabilitation counselling, spiritual care and palliative care.
Professional recognition
The Health Administration stream within the Master of Health Sciences is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). The Rehabilitation Counselling stream within the Master of Health Sciences is accredited by the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC).

Depending on subject choice, graduates of the Master of Health Sciences may apply for membership with the ACHSM, ASORC, or the Australian Health Promotion Association. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. Applicants without an undergraduate degree or professional experience may be able to access some majors in the MHSc through provisional enrolment arrangements. Additional entry requirements for specific majors are listed with the information for that study program.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$24,600 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Some majors are held at our City Campus. Please check with the Faculty for further information.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2018.

You need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 868KB] with your application.

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The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2018

Master of Health Sciences (075420D)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
35 400
Campus
City
Year
2018
About this course
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to conduct applied research in health or community services settings (thesis stream) and to develop, implement and evaluate health-related programs and services.

It offers opportunities to learn more about a variety of specialities in the health field, to strengthen analytical skills and to consider furthering knowledge through research. The course aims to meet the needs of health professionals who have assumed or are likely to assume high-level responsibility for coordination and management of these programs and services.

At the time of applying, students are able to choose from the following majors: health administration, health evaluation and research, health information management, health policy, health promotion, gerontology, rehabilitation counselling, spiritual care and palliative care.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. Applicants without an undergraduate degree or professional experience may be able to access some majors in the MHSc through provisional enrolment arrangements. Additional entry requirements for specific majors are listed with the information for that study program.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional information
Applicants must review the Supplementary checklist for required documents to submit with their application.

Available majors only: Health Administration, Health Policy, Health Evaluation and Research. Most majors are held at Franklin Street Campus, please check with Faculty for further information. As this Campus is located in the CBD, you might like to consider finding accommodation closer to your campus.
Professional recognition
The Health Administration stream within the Master of Health Sciences is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). The Rehabilitation Counselling stream within the Master of Health Sciences is accredited by the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC).

Depending on subject choice, graduates of the Master of Health Sciences may apply for membership with the ACHSM, ASORC, or the Australian Health Promotion Association. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your postgraduate course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

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