Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services
Support and care for the ageing population
Learn to work with older adults and their families in the aged care, health and social systems. Explore the biological aspects of ageing. Learn about dementia from health and social perspectives. Get set to join a critically important workforce.
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- 25 Jun 23
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Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Examine social constructs, and indigenous and national perspectives and experiences of ageing.
- Explain the complexity of major diseases and conditions associated with ageing, including dementia.
- Apply knowledge of ageing and disease to communicate strategies to assist older adults in navigating and accessing health and social care services.
- Identify and communicate inclusive frameworks and strategies to support the needs, interests and welfare of older adults.
Graduates may find work in a range of career paths within the community and care fields, in both the public and private sectors. This program provides graduates with the knowledge to make a difference in health and community environments. This includes a range of roles which will be critical in delivering enhanced capacity to a sector which is facing an enormous challenge.
Graduates can also transition into further study in graduate health programs. If you have a background in healthcare, community service or allied health, these programs will broaden your knowledge and scope of practice.
Numerous current and emerging careers are important in supporting an ageing population and you could work in a variety of roles including:
- Advocacy or advisor in ageing or aged care
- Aged care assessor
- Aged care navigator
- Aged care educator or trainer
- Care finder
- Care services
- Community care
- Community development and support
- Community educator or trainer
- Healthy ageing advisor
- Policy development
- Positive ageing support officer
- Residential aged care
- Services manager and support
- Support planner
- Support worker
Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of any 2 open access subjects of study at the equivalent AQF level, unless otherwise specified.
Completed UTAS University Preparation Program or an equivalent enabling program offered by another Australian university; OR
Completed UTAS Bachelor of General Studies (any pathway); OR
Completed UTAS Diploma of University Studies (any pathway); OR
Completed or partially completed course at Associate Degree level or higher; OR
Completed Diploma in any field; OR
Completed the equivalent of at least two 12.5 credit point subjects of study within an equivalent AQF level course or higher.
Applicants who have completed secondary education: This course does use ATAR and equivalent ranks as part of the admission process.
Successful completion of certificate III or higher.
Work and Life
Supporting Statement/Personal Competency Statement with reference to any relevant work experience and/or motivation to work in the ageing studies or services sector.
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 Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services addresses the need for holistic knowledge of the ageing process. The Diploma will cover contemporary issues relating to care and services for older people. You will learn about the many social and health challenges that are associated with ageing.
This program, developed and delivered by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, is available through the College of Health and Medicine. Visit the Wicking Dementia Centre for more program information.
The Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services is a fully online, eight-subject program which examines the social and biological aspects of ageing; chronicity and multimorbidity; age-related discrimination and prejudice; public health understandings; and administrative processes related to policy and aged care. This Diploma is suitable for those wanting to or who are working with older adults in aged care, health care or related sectors, such as community-based roles and services. The program will bring together the social and health-based perspectives of ageing.
Areas of focus include the idea of 'care navigation', policy, safety and health promotion. Content also looks at the rising impact of dementia.
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended. If students are undertaking part-time study, we recommend that students complete all first year compulsory subjects prior to completing elective subjects to maximise success.
This course is available as a full-time study if students commence in Semester 1; as a part-time study only if students commence in Semester 2.
Completion of 8 core subjects from the schedule below:
- TAS-CAD101 Introduction to Ageing, the Brain and Dementia
- TAS-CAD115 Health Services for an Ageing Population
- TAS-CAD118 Social Constructs of Ageing
- TAS-CAD119 Chronicity and Multimorbidity
- TAS-CAD208 Dementia Policy and Care Coordination
- TAS-CAD209 Navigating the Aged Care System
- TAS-CAD210 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Older Adults
- TAS-CAM106 Foundations of Public Health
Satisfactory completion of 8 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 1-3 years from commencement.
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This degree offers Open access entry, exclusive to Open Universities Australia.
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