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Bachelor of Dementia Care

Undergraduate | TAS-DMT-DEG | 2024

Study Australia’s first degree in dementia care

Make a difference to the lives of people living with Australia’s second-leading cause of death. Understand changes in the brain that occur with dementia. Learn practical strategies to help care for people experiencing these symptoms.

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Study method
100% online
Assessments
100% online
Applications close
14 July 2024
Credit available
Yes
Duration
3 years full time or part time equivalent
Total subjects
24

Price from
$30,880
Available loans
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
CSP available
Yes

Bachelor of Dementia Care

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About this degree

Entry requirements

Study method requirements

Career opportunities

Over 400,000 Australians are currently living with dementia; this number increases every year. The impact on communities, families, governments and health professionals will be significant as these numbers increase.

Our workforce is currently ill equipped to help care for such large numbers of people living with dementia – by 2050, it is estimated that there will be over 900,000 people in Australia living with dementia. Graduates from this program may find work in a range of career paths such as in the aged care industry in both the public and private sectors, or as a pathway to undertaking further study in graduate health programs.

In March 2021, Australia’s Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released its final report (Pagone & Briggs, 2021). “We are deeply concerned that so many aged care providers do not seem to have the skills and capacity required to care adequately for people living with dementia” (Pagone & Briggs, 2021, p. 69). Care, dignity, and respect: Executive Summary and Final report (Volumes 1-5). Australian Government Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Individuals with backgrounds in healthcare, community service and allied health professionals, may find study in this program advantageous – and opportunities for Recognition of Prior Learning (or credit) are available.

There are a growing number of leadership and case management positions in dementia care, which require qualifications higher than aged care certificates. Leadership roles, and specialist positions in the aged care sector are increasingly calling for tertiary level qualifications such as the Dementia Care Program.

The Diploma and Associate Degrees are particularly relevant to aged care workers and health professionals wishing to develop their skills and knowledge in dementia. The Bachelor Degree offers additional learning about research and the understanding of how evidence may be translated into clinical care practice.

To support the development of a career structure for aged care workers in the future we will continually evaluate the program and make representations to government and industry. We know that workers with greater knowledge and skills in dementia care will be critical in delivering enhanced capacity to a sector which is facing an enormous challenge both now and into the future.

Career outlook

Health and Welfare Services Managers:
Over $120K
Medical Administrators:
Over $120K
Nurse Managers:
Over $120K
Policy and Planning Managers:
Over $120K
Practice Managers:
$75K to $93K
Primary Health Organisation Managers:
Unknown average
Tribunal Members:
Unknown average

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As a general guide, Commonwealth supported place students have 10 years to finish their undergraduate degree through OUA, However, if you're studying with Griffith University, there's a limit of 8 years to complete your studies. If you want to take a break that lasts more than two study terms, you'll need to apply for a leave of absence. You can apply for a leave of absence for up to 12 months, as long as you complete your studies within the maximum time allowed for your degree.

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