What is intermed?

Intermed SA is a not-for-profit organization providing a range of services related to international health and development for Christian health care professionals..

What is the Intermed Summer School/International Health and Development summer intensive?

The Intermed Summer School is a course specifically designed as an Introduction to International Health and Development for Christian Health Care Professionals preparing to work in less developed/ less resourced contexts in the world, or on leave from such work. It operates as an online Foundational subject (with a choice of doing this in Semester 2 or during the summer semester),followed by a two week intensive in January focused on Public Health and Clinical Care.

The program is offered as an accredited Graduate Certificate and Diploma in International Health and Development through Tabor College of Higher Education, but students may also choose to audit the program (no assessments and lower fees).

Intermed also offers an optional (but highly recommended) 3rd week with a more practical/ skills focus immediately following the two-week intensive.

An overseas Practicum (probably offered every two years) is a core subject in the Graduate Diploma but can be taken for audit (lower fees and no assessment tasks).

What topics are covered during the International Health and Development/ Intermed program?

The program has been developed around 5 streams

  1. Aspects of medical mission.

  2. Health care service delivery, especially for primary health care.

  3. Issues in public health.

  4. Issues in clinical care, especially infectious diseases and nutrition.

  5. Electives.

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.

The two week intensive covers public health and clinical care (although some foundational material best delivered face to face is also included) is conducted through lectures, seminars, practical classes and group work. The program usually runs from 8.45 am each morning and ends at 5:00pm on weekdays, 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.

What is covered during the optional 3rd week? (or why should I consider doing the optional 3rd week?)

The optional 3rd week follows immediately after the completion of the 2-week intensive. This week provides an opportunity to gain additional practical skills in the areas of obstetrics, dentistry, community development, musculoskeletal health and simple clinical skills. This week is managed by Intermed and a separate Fee and Application form are required.

The components of the 3rd week may vary from year to year depending on the availability of teaching staff and facilities. Most of the sessions are at Tabor with a few at other teaching locations in Adelaide.

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Where will the next overseas practicum be held?

The next overseas Practicum will be conducted in the second half of 2018 (provided the required minimum numbers of enrolled students is reached) and will probably be in Vanuatu.

What is the cost of the overseas practicum?

The 2-week practicum is usually conducted in the second half of the year in a Pacific or Asian country. It is likely that the Practicum will only be offered every second year. Participants are encouraged to indicate their interest by the end of the two week intensive, but confirmation of participation is not required until one or two months later. Under the new arrangements with Tabor, participants will be regarded as students and need apply and enrol in the Supervised Overseas Practicum subject and pay either the Tabor course for credit or course or audit fee. Additional costs will vary depending on the location and number of participants, but as a guide, the fee (in addition to the Tabor course fees) will be the travel costs from your place of departure, plus approximately $1500 to $2000. 

If I can’t do the Practicum this year, can I do it the next time it is offered, or later?

Yes. However, there are minimum and maximum limits on the number of persons able to do the Practicum. First preference is given to those who have just completed the summer intensive, with priority to those enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in International Health and Development. Second preference is given to those who have completed a previous summer intensive. Please note that it is likely that the Practicum will only be offered every second year.

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

For 2017-18

Choice of Semester 2, 2017
(7 August to 24 November)
Summer Semester 2017-18
(11-12 weeks from 27 November)
Online Foundations subject 
Sunday 7th to
 Friday 19th January 2018
Two week intensive (Public Health and Clinical Care)
Saturday 20th to
Thursday 25th January 2107
optional 3rd week
Later in 2018 2 week overseas Practicum

Who may attend the International Health and Development/ Intermed program?

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma must meet the program eligibility requirements: successful completion of a three-year 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 and Head of School on a case by case basis.

For those intending to do the course for audit, the program is open to any health care professional. 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. The course is intensive and moves quickly, assuming an adequate bio-medical vocabulary and health care knowledge.

Can I do the International Health and Development/ Intermed program for Credit?

Yes. Details of the credit requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available on the Tabor website.

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

Various professional bodies have also recognized the course for approved continuing education. For example, General Practitioners can claim RACGP Continuing Medical Education points (self-assessed) for this course.

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

To apply for the Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or to do the program for audit please enrol via the Tabor application webpage.

Application and payment of fees for the Optional 3rd week is managed by Intermed. The fee for the optional 3rd Week (payable to Intermed) is $625 which includes a non-refundable $25 deposit. Please note that Intermed requires a minimum of 8 confirmed participants by the 15th November in the year prior to the 3rd week in order to run this optional 3rd week.

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.

Application and payment of fees for the Optional 3rd week is managed by Intermed. The fee for the optional 3rd Week (payable to Intermed) is $625 which includes a non-refundable $25 deposit. Please note that Intermed requires a minimum of 8 confirmed participants by the 15th November in the year prior to the 3rd week in order to run this optional 3rd week.

Are there any Scholarships available?

Intermed may also be able to offer Scholarships for those on no or low incomes, provided funds are available and eligibility requirements met. To apply: Intermed Application for Scholarship Form

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 for accommodation, but Intermed may be able to help in finding suitable accommodation.

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

The course was 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 Advisory Committee. 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/ Intermed program held?

Tabor College of Advanced Education (a multi-denominational Christian education centre), 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.

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

With the move to offering on online Foundations subject prior to a two week intensive, the pre-reading sets provided in the past, will be integrated with the online component of the course and available to download or read on Tabor Online. This reading will include specific papers allocated to students for seminar sessions that will be run during the two week intensive or during a shorter online component that will follow the two week intensives to cover the Foundations subject material not covered prior to the intensives. Students are expected to summarise the main purpose and findings of the articles that 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 course over 2 years?

This might be difficult to arrange if you are intending to complete the Graduate Certificate or Diploma in International Health and development as the three subjects (Foundations, Public Health and Clinical) are closely linked. The online Foundations subject does contain some public health and clinical care components, so it is best to do this subject either in Semester 2 or during the summer semester (late November for 10 weeks) in November and December, followed by the two-week intensive in January. However, some students have done the online Foundations course one year, and then waited 12 months until the next two-week intensive was offered to do Public Health and Clinical Care.
If you are doing the course for audit, it is also possible to split the course, though not ideal. The course could be split into three sections: the online Foundations subject, the two week intensive in January and the optional 3rd week in January. These three components in various combinations could be taken over two or more years. Please discuss your situation with the Course Coordinator.

What is the Track Record of Intermed?

Since Intermed was established in 1994, over 350 participants (average 20+ per course), have come from all Australian states, Aboriginal communities, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Zambia, the USA, Korea, Singapore and Thailand. Many participants have gone on to work successfully for governments, aid organizations and missions, in Africa, Asia, South America, the Pacific and Australia.

How do I make contact with Intermed or Tabor?

For further enquiries contact

Dr Doug Shaw, Course Coordinator
Tel: 61 (0)8 8373 8777
Tel: 61 0408 679 347
PO Box 36, Crafers, South Australia, 5152, AUSTRALIA


David Turnbull, Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Studies
Tel: 61 (0)8 8373 8777

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?

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 College of Higher Education
Youth with a Mission (SA)
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

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

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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