FAQs

What is the International Health and Development program?

The International Health and Development (IHD) program at Tabor is specifically designed as an introduction or orientation to International Health and Development for health care professionals preparing to work in less developed/ less resourced contexts in the world, or on leave from such work. The program is undergirded by Christian values.

The program is offered as a fully accredited Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in International Health and Development, but students may instead choose to audit the program (no assessments and lower fees).

What are the core subjects in the Graduate Certificate in International Health and Development program?

The core subjects are an online Foundations subject (which may be offered in Semester 2 and/or during the summer semester – November to January - depending on the number of interested students), followed by a two-week intensive held at Tabor in Adelaide in January and focused on Public Health and Clinical Care. These three subjects can be taken for credit for the Graduate Certificate or for audit (no assessments and lower fees).

Once you complete these 3 subjects for credit, you then need to complete the Poverty and Community Development subject offered online or on campus by Tabor to obtain the Graduate Certificate in International Health and Development.

What are the additional subjects for the Tabor Graduate Diploma in International Health and Development program?

If you want to proceed to a Graduate Diploma in International Health and Development, you need to complete the 4 Graduate Certificate subjects and 4 additional subjects which you can do at your own pace. These additional subjects are an online Introduction to Health and Development NGOs, Intercultural Life and Work (online or on campus), a supervised International Health and Development Practicum, and one elective subject (available on campus or online). Students intending to do the Graduate Diploma may be able to do some of these additional subjects before, or at the same time as doing the Graduate Certificate core subjects.

What content is covered by the Foundations, Public Health and Clinical Care subjects?

The online Foundations subject covers the biblical basis of development, community development and a number of foundational topics such as global overviews of health, illness and culture, patterns of illness, demography, principles of primary health care, Indigenous health, travel health, introduction to epidemiology and non-communicable diseases. For more details see the subject outline here.

The two-week intensive covers public health and clinical care (although some foundational material best delivered face to face is also included) and is conducted through lectures, seminars, practical classes and group work. The content includes health care service delivery and other relevant issues in public health, and topics in clinical care, particularly infectious diseases, chronic non-communicable diseases and nutrition. For more details see the subject outlines here (public health) and here (clinical care).

What is the optional 3rd week intensive?

Immediately following the two-week public health and clinical care intensive, and only if there are enough students enrolled, a one-week intensive of more practical sessions may be offered. This week is not currently part of the accredited Graduate Certificate and Diploma program.

This week provides opportunities to acquire a wide range of practical skills that may be applied during the supervised Practicum: emergency life support; continuing medical education; building local capacities for peace; practical dentistry; musculoskeletal health; examination of the adult; practical obstetrics; basic suturing techniques; management of an abscess; adult education in health promotion; and for doctors, laboratory sessions of practical relevance.

Please contact the Course Coordinator if you are interested in doing this one-week intensive.

Who is Intermed and how are they involved in this international health and development program?

The Intermed summer school was established by Emeritus Professor Anthony Radford over 20 years ago. Intermed is a not-for-profit association with a focus on training Christian health professionals for cross-cultural life and work. The Tabor International Health and Development program is built around the Intermed summer school and operates under an Agreement between Tabor and Intermed. For more information on Intermed visit the Intermed website.

What are the dates for the next International Health and Development program?

For 2017-18

Summer Semester 2018-19
12 weeks from 19 November 2018   

Online Foundations subject AUDIT or CREDIT

Sunday 6th to Friday 18th January 2019

Two-week intensive (Public Health and Clinical Care)
AUDIT or CREDIT

Saturday 19th to Thursday 24th January 2019 (if sufficient numbers)

optional 3rd week

Later in 2019 (if sufficient numbers)

Two-week Practicum
AUDIT or CREDIT

What are the entrance requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Diploma?

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma must have completed a three-year (or equivalent) Bachelor’s degree in the field of health and/or health sciences.  Those who consider they have equivalent knowledge and experience will be considered for enrolment by the Course Coordinator on a case by case basis.

Can I do the International Health and Development program for audit? OR

I don’t meet the academic requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Diploma. Can I still do the Foundations, Public Health and Clinical Care subjects?

Yes – at audit level the eligibility requirements are more flexible than for the course for credit. The course for audit subjects (online Foundations subject and two intensive subjects of Public Health and Clinical Care) are open to any health care professional and to those with backgrounds in adult education and community development. The course is intensive and moves quickly, assuming an adequate bio-medical vocabulary and health care knowledge.

Applications for audit are also considered from final year health professional students who are going overseas in the same year as the course. Those without health qualifications may be accepted provided they can demonstrate a significant involvement in health work.

All participants doing the course for audit are provided with a Certificate of Attendance on completion of the Course.

Can I enrol as an audit student and change to a credit student once I have attended the summer intensive?

This may be possible, but please discuss your circumstances with the course coordinator as early as possible.  You will need to enrol in the online Foundations course at the “credit” level and complete the required assignments by the due dates.  You will also need to switch your enrolment in the Public Health and Clinical Care subjects from “audit” to “credit” during the two-week intensive and before the first work for assessment is due during this two-week intensive.

Can I claim continuing professional development (CPD) points with my professional body by doing the course for audit or for credit?

Yes, but check with your professional body.  Various professional bodies have recognized the course for continuing professional development points.  You may not be able to claim points for all the course content, but a substantial part of the course should be directly relevant to your profession and therefore eligible to be claimed. For example, General Practitioners can claim RACGP Continuing Medical Education points (self-assessed) for the components of the course relevant to their practice (which includes most of the Public Health and Clinical Care content and at least some of the Foundations content).

Who are the staff and teachers for International Health and Development program?

The course was originally designed by Emeritus Professor Anthony Radford who has extensive experience in primary health care and training of mission workers in many countries. Anthony is on the course External Reference Group. Dr Douglas Shaw, who has qualifications and experience in international public health and development, is the Course Coordinator. A number of highly qualified and experienced visiting lecturers, many of whom hold senior University positions, contribute from a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Where is the International Health and Development program held?

Tabor (a multi-denominational Christian education centre located at 181 Goodwood Road, Millswood, Adelaide, South Australia is the venue for all of the two-week intensive but some sessions during the optional 3rd week are conducted elsewhere in Adelaide.

How do I apply for the International Health and Development program?

To apply for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (FOR CREDIT) click on the hyperlink and follow the instructions. To apply to do the online Foundations subject and the two-week intensive (Public Health and Clinical Care) FOR AUDIT click here and follow the online instructions.  Please contact the Course Coordinator if you have any problems with this process.

Please contact the course coordinator if you are interested in the optional 3rd week (one-week) intensive.

How much does the International Health and Development/ Intermed program cost?

Details on Enrolment fees for the Graduate Certificate subjects, Graduate Diploma subjects and course for audit are on the Tabor website.  Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate or Diploma may be eligible for FEE-HELP, a Commonwealth government loan scheme that assists payment of tuition fees for eligible fee-paying students.

Please contact the course coordinator if you are interested in the optional 3rd week (one-week) intensive for advice about fees.

What is the timetable for the two-week intensive?

Following a welcome BBQ on the Sunday evening before the start of the course (a great opportunity to meet your fellow students, program staff and supporters), the program then runs from 8.45am each weekday morning ending at 5:00pm, with breaks for morning and afternoon tea and lunch.  There is one midweek evening session during the first week but no weekend sessions during the two-week course.

Who is responsible for travel costs and accommodation?

Participants are responsible for their own travel costs from their home location to Adelaide and for local transport to the course venues in Adelaide. Participants are also responsible to arrange their own accommodation, but Intermed may be able to help in finding suitable accommodation.

Are there any Scholarships available to help with the costs of the course, including fees, travel and accommodation?

Tabor is not able to offer Scholarships to students enrolled in its programs.  However, Intermed, as a not-for-profit association, may be able to offer Scholarships for those on no or low incomes, provided funds are available and eligibility requirements met. Visit the Intermed website for more details.

Is there any preparation required for the International Health and Development program?

The online Foundations subject needs to be well underway or completed prior to the two-week intensive.  This Foundations subject includes some readings that are discussed in small group seminars during the two-week intensive. You will be allocated one reading for each of the two seminars that are conducted during the two-week intensive – so two articles in total.

All students, whether doing the course for credit or audit, are expected to summarise the main purpose and findings of the two articles they have been allocated and present the key points (about 5 minutes for each article) to their group during the seminar. For those taking the course for credit, some of the seminar articles are the basis for some of the assignments for the course.

I may not be able to get enough leave - can I split the course over 2 years?

Yes – this can work for both credit and audit students but is not ideal.  While it is best if the Public Health and Clinical care intensive subjects follow immediately after the Foundations subject (as the Foundations content directly links to the Public Health and Clinical Care content), it is possible to split the subjects.  The online Foundations course could be done at an earlier time, depending on when it is offered, and the two-week intensive some months later in January.  However, the two-week intensive covering Public Health and Clinical Care cannot be split into two separate one-week intensives taken in different years.

What happened to the Intermed Summer School?

All the key content of the Intermed program still exists, but is now spread across the Foundations, Public Health and Clinical Care subjects. These subjects are now provided by Tabor under an Agreement with Intermed, a not-for-profit association with a focus on training Christian health professionals which has managed the well-known Intermed summer school for over 20 years. This means that many of the same highly qualified and experienced lecturers for the Intermed summer school still deliver their well-regarded presentations for the International Health and Development program.
The Intermed Practicum is now a core subject for the Graduate Diploma in International Health and Development.

What is the Supervised Practicum?

The two-week supervised Practicum is usually held overseas and run as a team with Team Leaders. The Practicum provides an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in a less-resourced context. This is a core subject for the Graduate Diploma. Students doing the Graduate Diploma may be able to do the Practicum as an individual (not part of a team) in an equivalent Australian setting (for example in Indigenous Health or refugee health) or overseas, provided suitable academic supervision can be arranged and all subject learning objectives can be met. For Graduate Diploma students, the Foundations, Public Health and Clinical Care subjects are required subjects (pre-requisites) before students can do the Supervised Practicum.
The supervised Practicum can also be taken for audit by students who have done the Foundations, Public Health and Clinical Care subjects for audit or credit.

Where and when will the next overseas Supervised Practicum be held?

The Practicum is usually conducted in the second half of the year in a Pacific or Asian country. The most recent Practicums have been held in Vanuatu and Timor Leste. The next overseas Practicum may be conducted in the second half of 2019 but only if the required minimum numbers of enrolled students is reached. The location is yet to be determined.

What is the cost of the Supervised Practicum if held overseas?

Students will need to enrol in the Supervised Practicum subject and pay either the Tabor course for credit fee or course for audit fee. Additional costs will vary depending on the location and number of participants, but as a rough guide, the fee (in addition to the Tabor course fees) will include the travel costs from your place of departure, plus approximately $1500 to $2000 for in-country costs.

More FAQs about Intermed….

What is the history of Intermed?

The Intermed program developed from the work experience of Dr Anthony Radford in many developing country contexts. He discovered that very few health professionals from developed countries had any orientation in delivering health care in such situations, in particular to the most disadvantaged communities. In addition, many had not received any orientation or training for cross-cultural living, or in basic development issues.

In 1994, when Anthony retired from Flinders University, the course was established as one for Christian health professionals under an organization called Intermed SA. Tabor Adelaide, a theological college, generously provided access to their teaching facilities for the Summer School.

From 2015 Intermed has been able to offer a fully accredited Graduate Certificate and Diploma in International Health and Development through Tabor Adelaide (now Tabor College of Higher Education).
What groups of people have done the Summer School in the past and where have they come from?

What groups of people have done the Summer School in the past and where have they come from?

Over 1000 health workers have now attended these courses in various countries, including the USA, England, Brazil, Taiwan and Australia. The class in the Australian program has grown from 3 in 1995 to an average of 25 each year from 1998.

Participants have included those on furlough from programs in Australia (Aboriginal health), Bolivia, PNG, Tibet, Congo, Chad, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Fiji and Vanuatu. Participants have gone to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone in Africa; to Jordan in the Middle East; to Indonesia, Thailand, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Tibet, Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines in Asia; to Ecuador and Bolivia in Central and South America; to Fiji, the Solomon Islands, PNG, Vanuatu and outback Australia in Oceania.

Which Agencies are Members of Intermed?

Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship (SA)
Church Missionary Society (SA)
Tabor

Youth with a Mission(SA)
Interserve
Overseas Missionary Fellowship

How is Intermed managed?

Intermed is a not-for-profit Association registered with the Office for Business and Consumer Affairs in South Australia and operating under a Constitution approved in 2010 that is fully compliant with government requirements.

How do I become a Friend of Intermed?

Download and complete the Application Form Word or pdf

How do I make a donation to Intermed? Is the donation tax-deductible (for Australian taxpayers)

Intermed is a non-for-profit organization and strives to practice good stewardship. Under the new arrangements with Tabor, Intermed will receive a proportion of the course fees under a Licence arrangement. However, donations to the Intermed program are always welcome and can provide opportunities to expand the program. Donations made directly to Intermed are NOT allowable tax deductions for Australian taxpayers.

Donations can be made by direct credit to the Intermed bank account: Bank SA, Lower Mitcham; Account Name Intermed SA; BSB 105 084; Account Number 042075140. Please put “Donation” in the Reference Field and if you would like a receipt please Contact Us.

Tax-deductible donations
Tax deductible donations to support Scholarships which cover part of the cost of the Summer School and/or the 2 week overseas practicum for Intermed Summer School participants coming from, or going to, Australian government approved countries may be made to the Intermed Scholarship Project of HealthServe Australia.

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