Bachelor of Ageing and Dementia Studies
Gain specialised aged care knowledge
Add depth to your knowledge of how to care for the elderly with an understanding of the social and health challenges associated with ageing. Cover care navigation, policy, research, governance, safety, quality, leadership and innovation.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
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Upon successful completion of this degree, students should be able to:
- Recognise and describe social constructs, and indigenous, national and global perspectives and experiences, of ageing
- Describe and discuss major diseases and conditions of ageing, including dementia, and identify risk factors and patterns of chronicity, multimorbidity and complexity
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge of contemporary approaches to supportive and person-centred care for older adults in the context of healthy ageing, aged care and dementia
- Develop and apply knowledge of dementia, ageing and aged care settings, policies, regulations and governance to successfully assist older adults in navigating and accessing health care systems, services and processes
- Analyse and evaluate approaches to leadership in aged care, including identification of individual, team and systems-based approaches to continuous improvement in the quality of care of older adults
- Generate strategies to support independent and productive living, as well as social innovation and inclusion, for older adults
- Source, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information in dementia and ageing studies from the international, peer reviewed literature
Allows you to provide guidance and leadership within your work environment and when advising families and carers. Ability to assist older adults and their families to be effective consumers in navigating the complexity of the Australian aged care system.
With an ageing population and more focus on healthy ageing within communities – this degree will give you the skills to develop age-friendly communities/positive ageing initiatives alongside health and medical based models.
You will develop skills to work collaboratively with colleagues and disseminate understanding of ageing and aged care, particularly person-centred care, to their teams and work environments.
Open enrolment subjects
Successful completion of 4 subjects through OUA including at least 3 of the following:
- FXA100, CAD101 and/or CAD118
Students may apply based on previous higher education study:
- Tertiary applicants with completed prior university study undertaken at the Associate Degree level or above at any Australian University, or the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent
- Applicants with partial University study at the Associate Degree level or higher with a passing GPA (ie 4.0/7.0) based on a minimum of 2 x 12.5 credit points of undergraduate–degree level units.
- Completed UTAS University Preparation Program or an Australian University equivalent. A completed UTAS UPP consists of 8 x 12.5 credit point units or the equivalent of 100 credit points including the core units
ATAR of 65 or higher
AQF Cert IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
Students who have enrolled in the Dementia Care Degree program may seek to transfer from the Bachelor of Dementia Care to Bachelor of Ageing and Dementia Studies, and will receive credit for the Dementia Care major and core degree units, as appropriate and up to a maximum of two thirds of the coursework requirements of the Bachelor of Ageing and Dementia Studies. Students who have completed the Diploma or Associate Degree of Dementia Care may also apply for credit for the Dementia Care major.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
The Bachelor of Ageing and Dementia Studies is a specialised degree that extends from the current dementia degree suite to provide capacity to utilise this knowledge about ageing and aged care in a variety of capacities and sectors. Moving away from the provision of dementia care, tthe intention of the degree is to scaffold learning from an understanding of the many social and health challenges that are associated with ageing and the provision of care, through to capacity to translate this knowledge in areas of care navigation, policy, research, governance, safety, quality and leadership, as well as innovation. The degree will be designed to keep pace with a fast growing and evolving sector of social and health care, producing graduates who will be equipped to tackle the myriad of issues confronting this field. The degree will recognise the interdisciplinary nature of ageing and aged care, and the complexity that rising impact of dementia brings to these fields. Students will develop skills to work collaboratively with colleagues, and have the capacity to promulgate understanding of the many dimensions of ageing and aged care, particularly person-centred care, into their respective teams and work environments. They will also be able to assist older adults and their family members to be effective consumers in navigating the complexity of the aged care system.
The majority of this degree is online and will likely be undertaken by individuals working in the aged care or related sectors. From the second year, units in the Ageing and Aged Care Major stream will make use of intensives to lead groups of students through exercises, tasks and simulated scenarios in order to develop skills related to team work, assessment of the older person and navigation of aged care systems. The world-leading research and educational expertise of the Wicking Dementia Centre will drive this offering. Highly qualified Centre staff will ensure that the degree has a comprehensive and contemporary evidence base, and will assist students in developing their analytical and translational skills. There is significant scope to include important complementary learning material from other academic units of the university through breadth and elective units.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students must complete 24 subjects as outlined in the recommended study pattern below:
- First year
- 2 foundation subjects
- 2 dementia care subjects
- 2 ageing and aged care subjects
- 1 subject from the specified electives (100 level)
- 1 subject from the specified breadth subjects (100 level)
- Second year
- 2 core subjects
- 2 dementia care subjects
- 2 ageing and aged care subjects
- 1 subject from the specified electives (200 level)
- 1 subject from the specified breadth subjects (200 level)
- Third year
- 4 dementia care subjects
- 4 ageing and aged care subjects
Successful completion of 24 subjects as outlined in the schedule of subject offerings, finishing within 7 years