Diploma of Preventive Health

Not applicable.


14 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

4 core units

10 elective units

Choose a minimum of 4 elective units from the Group A (Specialisation) list below.

Choose a minimum of 3 elective units from the Group B (Work Health and Safety) list below.

Choose a minimum of 1 elective unit from the Group C (General) list below.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from elective lists below, or elsewhere within this training package, or another endorsed training package, or accredited course.

Where a pre-requisite unit is attached to an elective unit it is identified by this symbol .

The pre-requisite units attached to any of the elective units must be undertaken and are additional to the number of elective units required for the qualification.

The elective units should be selected from the units that most closely align to an individuals occupational outcomes.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.


Core Units

add topic DEFPH011A

Perform environmental health planning

add topic DEFPH012A

Manage environmental health operations

add topic DEFPH013A

Manage a deployed capability

add topic BSBWOR502B

Ensure team effectiveness


Group A Elective Units (Specialisation)

add topic DEFPH014A

Investigate and control outbreak of disease

add topic FDFFS3001A

Monitor the implementation of quality and food safety programs

add topic FDFFS2001A Implement the food safety program and procedures

add topic FDFAU4001A

Assess compliance with food safety programs

add topic FDFAU4003A

Conduct food safety audits

add topic FDFAU4004A

Identify, evaluate and control food safety hazards

add topic FDFAU4002A

Communicate and negotiate to conduct food safety audits

add topic FDFTEC4003A

Control food contamination and spoilage

add topic FDFTEC3001A Participate in a HACCP team

add topic CPPPMT3029A

Plan and schedule pest management operations


Group B Elective Units (Work Health and Safety)

add topic BSBOHS504B

Apply principles of OHS risk management

add topic BSBOHS505C

Manage hazards in the work environment

add topic BSBOHS506B

Monitor and facilitate the management of hazards associated with plant

add topic BSBOHS507B

Facilitate the application of principles of occupational health to control OHS risk

add topic BSBOHS508B

Participate in the investigation of incidents


Group C Elective Units (General)

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBAUD501B

Initiate a quality audit

add topic BSBAUD503B

Lead a quality audit

add topic BSBAUD504B

Report on a quality audit

add topic BSBWRT401A

Write complex documents


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF51612 Diploma of Preventive Health have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Defence qualifications have core units (which must be achieved) and elective units (where there is a choice of units which must be achieved) so different Employability Skills Summaries are possible within the one qualification, depending on the package of core units and chosen elective units.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement


communicate complex issues and ideas in a logical and persuasive manner

compile and submit reports and returns in accordance with organisational policy and procedures

issue detailed instructions to team leaders

maintain work records to allow reference and tracking of workflow to dependent organisations

prepare complex verbal or written health assessments for communication to others that can be readily understood

receive, acknowledge and clarify deployment instructions in accordance with organisational policies and procedures


issue pre deployment tasking to team leaders in accordance with organisational policies and procedures

liaise with dependent organisations to set expectations about the service being provided and to establish a common understanding of the team performance and interaction

mentor team leaders to achieve team tasking and objectives

provide technical guidance to team leaders to ensure correct performance of environmental health measures

support team members in meeting expected performance outcomes

Problem solving

conduct health threat assessment to identify key health threats that exist and which require attention during environmental health planning

develop processes to ensure that issues, concerns and problems identified by team members are recognised and addressed

evaluate and take necessary corrective action regarding unresolved issues, concerns and problems raised by internal or external stakeholders

identify and rectify problems with deployment as they occur to ensure the deployment of capability is in accordance with the deployment instructions

manage workplace issues and problems

use a range of problem solving and decision making strategies

Initiative and enterprise

conduct evaluation of deployment to identify lessons learned to improve future deployments

determine best use of available resources

identify and implement measures to improve the delivery of environmental health support across all teams to improve workflow across the formation

make decisions that maximise the effective implementation of health support plans

refer rectification action outside own limits of authority to commander for resolution

use feedback to achieve positive outcomes

Planning and organising

allocate resources within tasking schedule to ensure teams are equipped to achieve objectives

develop plan in detail to minimise oversight and to ensure it can survive changing circumstances and be adaptable to situations presented

develop policies and procedures to ensure team members take responsibility for own work

monitor and introduce practices to improve work performance

monitor maintenance of stores and equipment to ensure they are available and ready for use

prioritise tasking

use planning and organisational skills to keep team on track and focussed on work outcomes


be a positive influence on colleagues

ensure own contribution to work team serves as a role model for others and enhances the organisation’s image for all stakeholders

exercise considerable discretion and judgement

negotiate complex issues and ideas to arrive at a common understanding

implement team leadership management principles

maintain lines of communication with team leaders during the pre deployment phase to ensure teams are kept informed of the developments in the situation

understand structure, function and layout of own capability


learn about Geneva conventions

learn about food storage and distribution standards including the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) approach to food control

learn about legal rights and responsibilities

learn about the principles of health support

learn about the structure and function of the ADF Health Services


use technology to monitor the preparation of stores and equipment to ensure they are operational, and ready for use and deployment

use technology to operate pesticide dispersal equipment

use technology to operate preventive medicine resources equipment