Graduate Diploma of Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine

Duration1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Next start termTerm 1, 2025
Study modeOnline
Course codeCL70
First-year fee
$27,756 (Indicative) (FFP)
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The Graduate Diploma of Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine will provide you with the knowledge, clinical skills and clinical reasoning required to deal with the complex challenges of treating acute critically ill or injured patients in dynamic and high-threat environments.

The Graduate Diploma of Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine is a specialised course designed to prepare medical professionals to manage trauma in high-threat environments. Through this course, you will receive comprehensive training in counter-terrorism and operational medicine, emphasising developing critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills necessary for success in dynamic and high-pressure situations.

You will gain new clinical knowledge and diagnostic skills and learn how to assess, plan, prepare, and implement strategies for successful operations in civilian tactical environments, including diverse population groups and in direct, indirect, high-threat, and prolonged field care environments. The course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to operate successfully in high-risk environments, contributing to public safety and security.

Upon completing the course, you will be better equipped to handle the unique challenges of trauma care in dynamic and high-threat environments while focusing on clinical excellence and adherence to best practices in operational medicine. With the comprehensive training provided, you will be equipped with the skills to manage high-acuity trauma in various high-threat scenarios, ensuring you can provide the best possible care to patients while maintaining their safety and security.

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Counter-Terrorism and Operational Medicine is a professional development course that trains health professionals to respond to and manage acute medical emergencies at the critical care level in high-risk environments where their safety may still be under threat. It will also allow those with relevant qualifications to enter the fast-growing operational medicine field. Additionally, this course will provide transferable knowledge that can be applied in resource-limited medical contracting, search and rescue and expedition medicine environments.

Structure & Availability

You are required to complete eight core units.

Unit Information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit Transfer Information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Online Availability

Term 1, 2023Available Online
Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

Some units in this course will require compulsory attendance at residential schools.


To be eligible

For your application to be considered, you must meet the following entry requirements. 

During your study

While not needed to apply, you'll need to meet the following requirements throughout your studies. 

Fees & Scholarships

Indicative First-Year Fee

Indicative first-year FFP place

The Indicative First-Year Fee for a Full Fee Paying (FFP) Place is the approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one full-time academic year (this is usually eight units studied over two terms). Your actual fees may vary depending on the units you select to study and your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees. Provided you meet the FEE-HELP eligibility criteria, you can choose to use FEE-HELP to cover all or part of your tuition fees. 

Learn more about paying for university or view the FEE-HELP information booklet on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

Part of your course costs will include Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). SSAF is charged in addition to your student contribution or tuition fees and is used to help enhance your study experience. There may also be other costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

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