Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Course code4519
Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMAddBeh
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT

This course must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Workforce Development, Turning Point, telephone: +61 3 8413 8700 or email: or visit:

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Belinda Lloyd


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The Master of Addictive Behaviours is to be offered through the Turning Point, Eastern Health Clinical School.

The course aims to produce graduates who have both theoretical and practical knowledge around current perspectives and advances in the substance misuse and gambling fields, and its relationship to other fields including nursing, social work, medicine and psychology. As work in the addiction field is multidisciplinary, the course will be relevant to a range of professionals including those working directly in the field of addiction or those who wish to specialise in addiction-related issues in their area of expertise. This could include health and allied health clinicians, researchers, academics, teachers, policy-makers or professionals in human resources, justice, the education system or sports administration. The course provides a comprehensive overview of the disciplines that inform addiction science and will provide critical awareness around policy, practice and research. It will allow students to enhance their career prospects towards a number of roles, such as a specialist clinician, treatment service manager, public health planner or policy advisor.

All units in this course are delivered online. Contact with teaching staff is available via forum discussions, announcements, email and telephone.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

On completion of this course, graduates will be able to:

  • critically analyse biopsychosocial models of addiction and current discourses around addictive behaviours
  • understand the historical, political, economic and social factors that influence addictive behaviours in Australia and Internationally
  • understand the impact of addictive behaviours on individuals, families, communities and social systems
  • consider addictive behaviours in relation to special population groups (dual diagnosis, indigenous, youth, older adult, GLBTI, transcultural)
  • understand the process by which addiction health policies are formed and reformed
  • understand the basic concepts and research methods used in Public Health and epidemiology
  • design, undertake and write up a research project (minor thesis) in the area of addiction studies (Research Stream)
  • understand and demonstrate skills in the use of evidence based models of intervention for addictive behaviours (Clinical Stream).

Credit for prior studies

Maximum credit available is 24 points.

Recognition of prior learning

Individuals who have relevant post-graduate experience (in alcohol and drug/addiction studies and in related fields) will be considered for credit for prior learning on a case by case basis.


This course consists of four core units (48 points) and 24 points in either a research or clinical stream.

The streams develop specialist skills related to the student's field of interest/practice. Students who choose research stream complete an agreed research project with appropriately qualified supervisors.


Students must complete:

(a.) four core units (48 points):

  • ASC5001 Addiction Science: A biopsychosocial overview
  • ASC5002 Sociocultural perspectives of addiction
  • ASC5003 Addiction policies, prevention and public health
  • ASC5004 Addiction assessment and treatment: Practice and innovation

(b.) the requirements of either the research or clinical streams outlined below (24 points)

Research stream

Students must complete:

  • MAP5000 Research in advanced health professional practice
  • MAP5001 Advanced health practice research project

The proposed research project will need to be discussed with and approved by a supervisor from within the Turning Point, Eastern Health Clinical School before students can enrol in these thesis units.

Students wishing to apply for a PhD must also enrol in unit MAP5002 as a single subject enrolment. Please contact the course administrator regarding this.

Clinical stream

Students must complete 24 points from the following:

  • ASC5007 Recovery principles
  • ASC5008 Co-occurring disorders in mental health and addiction
  • ASC5009 Developmental factors - children and families, youth and early interventions
  • ASC5010 Gambling and other process addictions

Areas of study


Master of Addictive Behaviours