Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma Recovery Practice

Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma Recovery Practice

This program will respond to issues that have particular relevance in indigenous communities in Australia.

On completion of this 4 month course you will be able to:

  • Work from a trauma informed approach
  • Apply critical thinking, collaborate practices and insights to effectively work with trauma exposed individuals and communities.
  • Apply Indigenous social, and emotional wellbeing principles, practices and healing frameworks.
  • Understand and identify factors that contribute to experiences of trauma.
  • Identify and understand the pathophysiology and clinical aspects of the body’s response to trauma.
  • Respond to and provide services that are trauma informed.

Course structure

ITRC Course Structure  

Entry requirements

A recognised diploma or higher level tertiary qualification or, in the absence of formal qualifications, demonstrated professional equivalence.

All applicants should respond, in no more than 200 words, to the following question:
What are the skills and experience you have that will make you successful in this course?

When applying, you submit the following:

  1. Original or certified copies of academic records
  2. Proof of citizenship: Certified evidence of Australian/New Zealand citizenship/Permanent Residency required before enrolment e.g. current passport or birth certificate.
  3. 200 words answering the following question: What are the skills and experience you have that will make you successful in this course?
  4. Resume: outlining professional work experience and responsibilities and at least one of the following that supports your demonstrated work experience:
  • A letter from past employer(s) on company letterhead confirming employment duration, and the position details. The letter must include the position title, telephone number and email address for a contact at the company.
  • A letter from your current employer confirming employment duration and position details on company letterhead
  • Other proof of experience may be considered by Faculty on a case by case basis
  • If you are self-employed, Documentation from third-party individuals indicating the service provided


This course is mainly delivered online, with a one week face-to-face residential which will be delivered at the Shoalhaven Campus, located in Nowra, New South Wales. Our Shoalhaven Campus encompasses teaching spaces, a library as well as a cafe and student facilities. Students attending the Shoalhaven Campus have access to the full range of services offered by the University of Wollongong and learning is supported by easy access to computers and information technology.


There are a maximum of 14 beds available to eligible students for the residential at the UOW Shoalhaven campus.

All successful applicants will be from a regional or remote area and are able to demonstrate financial need; other equity criteria and need based circumstances may be taken into consideration.

Students are required to provide supporting documentation to be assessed for eligibility.

Examples of supporting documentation include but are not limited to:

  • Centrelink documents
  • Income tax statements
  • A copy of your healthcare card
  • Rent receipts
  • Comprehensive information demonstrating financial hardship

Alternate accommodation options

Students who are ineligible for a bed can find information on other accommodation options below:

Airport transfers and public transport options


Students eligible for a commonwealth supported place will only pay a proportion of the fee known as the “Student Contribution Amount” which can be put on HECS-HELP.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

UOW has government subsidised places available for domestic students studying this course in 2019, subject to quota availability. A CSP is where the Australian Government contributes up to three quarters of your total tuition fee. To be eligible for a CSP you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or the holder of a permanent visa, and meet the criteria outlined at

If you’re an eligible Commonwealth supported student you can access HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your tuition fees. 

Student Contribution Amounts

More information on student contribution amounts can be accessed here.
Student contribution fees appear on UOW fee statements available through SOLS once enrolled. 

How to apply

You can apply online at
Applications close 10th May 2019

For more information

If you have any questions, we’re here to help. 


Last reviewed: 24 April, 2019

Quick links

Indigenous Studies Unit 

Indigenous Admission Program 

Indigenous Tailored Academic Program (ITAP) 

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)  


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