More than 120 years ago, Banjo Paterson described the Northern Territory as a “vast wild land, full of huge possibilities”.And he was right.So how did a relatively small population, spread sparsely across an area, one–fifth the land mass of Australia, with little educational resources to speak of, turn those possibilities into a reality?By creating a study environment where the freedom exists for people to evolve their lives.Today this environment is captured at Charles Darwin University (CDU).

The beginning

The seed of CDU dates back to Darwin in the 1950s.With no offices or permanent staff, adult education classes in typing, shorthand and French were first conducted in school premises and taught by teachers working outside of normal hours.Darwin’s Adult Education Centre’s first full-time Principal Harold Garner brought tremendous energy to the role.On enrolment day the Centre resembled an ant’s nest, thriving with activity.It was the first institution to offer post-secondary studies in the Northern Territory.In March 1974 Darwin’s Adult Education Centre graduated to become the Darwin Community College.Nine months later, on Christmas eve, Cyclone Tracey struck Darwin, the college directly in its path in the maximum destruction zone.

The Darwin Community College was later known as the Darwin Institute of Technology.Talk of a university in the Territory had been brewing as far back as the 1950s.The objectives – to stop the brain drain south, conduct research into the Territory’s unique desert and tropical environments, and aid in development towards statehood.This would take another name change for the Darwin Community College.The Federal Government’s introduction of the Unified National System finally come to fruition in 1989, with the establishment of the Northern Territory University.There was one last merger, this time with the Alice Spring’s Centralian College in 2003, and one last name change to ‘Charles Darwin University’(CDU).

Today

Territorians no longer have to send their children away from home for a University education. From this year (2011), students, for the first time ever, need not leave the Territory to become doctors.A five-star rating for research from the Good Universities Guide acknowledges CDU’s place on the world stage.Providing research that is helping to solve global challenges and close to home.There is no better example of this than the Menzies School of Health Research which is improving indigenous health outcomes in tropical and Central Australia.CDU is the only Australian university to offer the full spectrum of education options from senior secondary, through to VET, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.The Northern Territory community has responded to this with the highest per capita participation in Higher Education in the country.CDU continues to attract students from around the world. Currently, there are more than 22,000 students enrolled, including over 8,000 interstate and overseas.The University’s adaptive and altruistic culture has allowed it to not only survive but thrive in a changing world.

Programs taught in:
  • English

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Bachelor of Health Science (BHSC)

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Casuarina Campus DPC Alice Springs (Desert Peoples' Centre) External Studies

This is a three-year course that provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work in areas of health promotion, community health development, Indigenous health, and health services management. The course also offers a specialist stream in occupational therapy designed to provide a pathway into the Master of Occupational Therapy offered by Flinders University.

The course has an emphasis on understanding the challenges of working in diverse contexts of urban, rural and remote communities. It also offers an ongoing pathway for VET graduates. The course units provide the prerequisite knowledge and skills for graduate programs in allied health, public health and medicine.... [-]

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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSC)

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Casuarina Campus

This vocational and professionally oriented degree will prepare students for a career as medical scientists in the areas of diagnostic pathology, research, and specialised laboratories. Medical laboratory scientists are integral to the diagnosis and management of disease, through conducting research into the causes and cures of disease and improving tests for disease detection.

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The Bachelor of Midwifery is primarily for students based in the Northern Territory due to the requirement to provide continuity of midwifery care. Indigenous women are s ... [+]

Bachelor of Midwifery (BMID)

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Casuarina Campus External Studies

The Bachelor of Midwifery is primarily for students based in the Northern Territory due to the requirement to provide continuity of midwifery care. Indigenous women are strongly encouraged to apply. Interstate students should be aware that it is increasingly difficult to obtain clinical placement in jurisdictions other than the NT.

Supported by a framework of woman-centered care, and underpinned by the principles of primary health care, the Bachelor of Midwifery is a 3-year full-time degree that prepares students to work as professional and contemporary midwives within a variety of care contexts.... [-]

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Charles Darwin University

The underpinning principles of comprehensive primary health care, namely: cultural safety in practice, in particular to addressing the needs of Indigenous and multi-cultu ... [+]

Bachelor of Nursing Pre-Registration (BNUR)

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Alice Springs Campus Batchelor Casuarina Campus External Studies

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The Bachelor of Pharmacy is a professional degree designed to meet the demands for pharmacy services in Australia. There is a particular focus on rural and remote practic ... [+]

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPHAR)

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is a professional degree designed to meet the demands for pharmacy services in Australia. There is a particular focus on rural and remote practice to meet the unique and diverse needs of communities in these regions. Pharmacists are knowledgeable about the chemical, physical, and biological properties of drugs, how medications work, their usage, and their clinical effects. Pharmacists provide information, advice, and education on medicines and health issues enabling patients to achieve optimal health outcomes.

Pharmacists are also involved in advising medical practitioners and other healthcare professionals on the interactions and side effects of medications, medication selection and dosage, and a range of other issues.... [-]

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