Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Rheumatology


How to apply

Domestic students

Please complete the application form

International students

Information for International students

In addition to the attachments required in the application form applicants who are not graduates of this University must submit an original transcript or certified copy of their academic record for all tertiary qualifications to date.


Key information

This course will not be running for the July 2012- June 2013 period.


  • 24 credit points
  • 1 year part time
  • Course code: 90230
  • Intake periods: July

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The course addresses the overwhelming shortage of available expertise in paediatric rheumatology.

It will be decades before there are sufficient paediatric rheumatologists throughout the Asia Pacific region to care for children and adolescents with rheumatological disorders.

Currently adult rheumatologists, paediatricians and general practitioners care for children with rheumatological disorders. Education and training in this discipline is limited.

This course is designed to provide practical knowledge and specialty understanding in paediatric rheumatology. Graduating students may go on to train formally in paediatric rheumatology and provide professional care to children with rheumatological disorders.

Advantages of this course

  • a prestigious University of Western Australia qualification without the need for students to leave their home countries
  • all materials, textbooks, electronic resources and fully functional respiratory or sleep diagnostic software
  • use of WebCT - an innovative online learning system through which students can access learning materials, engage in discussion and complete assessments

Course outline

The Graduate Certificate of Paediatric Rheumatology is problem-orientated and interactive. Delivery is online with a comprehensive reading list. Content covers the medical care of children and adolescents with diseases and problems of the musculoskeletal system, including inflammatory, non-inflammatory and autoimmune conditions.

The course consists of two consecutive units:

Admission requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Rheumatology Science requires the following:

  • A basic medical degree equivalent to the MB BS of this University

Minimum computer requirements

Students must have regular access to an IBM compatible PC (Macintosh computers will not fulfil all course requirements) with the following minimum specifications:

  • Hardware: 512 Mb RAM or better, 1GHz CPU or faster and USB Port
  • Software: Due to diagnostic software supplied, students MUST use XP Professional as their operating system (Please note: XP Home, Windows 2008 or earlier and Windows Vista are not compatible).
  • Internet and E-mail access is essential. Microsoft Office 97 (Including Word, PowerPoint) is the minimum requirement and Office 2000 or later is strongly recommended.

English Language Competence

All UWA coursework programs have a minimum level of English language competence necessary, for both Domestic and International students.

Course enquiries

Administrative Assistant
School of Paediatrics and Child Health
Level 4 Administration Building
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children
Roberts Road, Subiaco WA 6008

Telephone: (+61 8) 9340 8606
Fax: (+61 8) 9388 2097
Email: gradcerts@meddent.uwa.edu.au