Behaviour Change for Clinical Practice

The University of Melbourne

Course details

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


Behaviour change is increasingly being used by a variety of health professionals to improve their clients’ and patients’ general wellbeing and prevent and treat a range of physical and psychological conditions.

This Melbourne MicroCert will equip you with the evidence-based knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to successfully implement core clinical behaviour change techniques to optimise your patients’ and clients’ treatment outcomes and improve their wellbeing.

Developed by the University of Melbourne's new Melbourne Centre for Behaviour Change and based on the latest evidence and research, you will be guided by leading practitioners from the University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences to gain a theoretical understanding of behaviour change science, the practical skills to design and implement interventions, and professional competency in core behaviour change techniques.

Applicable to a range of settings, including allied, clinical, and educational, this fully online and largely self-guided course provides a convenient way to develop your skillset within a time frame and from a location that suits you.

Who is it for?

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for a range of health professionals including psychologists, medical practitioners, and allied health workers looking to expand the breadth of their practice. You may be a psychologist, school counsellor, social worker, medical practitioner, dietician, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, audiologist, support worker, nurse, or occupational therapist. You do not have to be a clinician to undertake this Melbourne MicroCert. The principles covered in this course are valuable in both personal and professional contexts.

Key topics

Delivered over several modules, you will cover:

Introduction to the core principles of behaviour change
Presentations of behaviour change techniques and applications of techniques in clinical practice
Opportunities to maintain, support and expand opportunities for clinical behaviour change, including with professional resources and networks.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this Melbourne MicroCert, you will have:

A theoretical and practical understanding of behaviour change science and its key principles
The skills to design and implement behaviour change interventions, thus enhancing your clinical practice and meeting guidelines for continuing professional development
Professional competency in core behaviour change techniques, including increasing motivation, developing SMART goals, if-then planning, self-monitoring and self-evaluation, and habit formation.

Learning experience

Throughout this Melbourne MicroCert, you will undertake a series of linked online modules to build your knowledge of behaviour change. You will utilise an interactive online workbook which links to supporting videos, readings, and your eJournal.

There will also be optional interactive Q&A sessions, giving you an opportunity to meet course lecturers and freely ask questions, and a discussion board where you can clarify questions and build a community of practitioners, which will be continued after the course.

Pathways to further study

Behaviour Change for Clinical Practice can be taken as a standalone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Reality Psychology series.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
990 for the entire course 10 Jun 2023 6 weeks
Self study / online (without attendance)
The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010

Entry criteria

To undertake this Melbourne MicroCert, you should hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, but there are no other specific eligibility requirements. You do not need to be a clinician or have access to clients.


The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010
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