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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Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
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Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Examine and describe social constructs, and indigenous and national perspectives and experiences of ageing.
- Explain and identify the major diseases and conditions associated with ageing, including dementia, and the risk factors and patterns of chronicity, multimorbidity and complexity.
- Apply knowledge of ageing and dementia to assist older adults in navigating and accessing health care systems, services and processes.
- Identify, compare and generate inclusive frameworks and strategies to support the needs, interests and welfare of older adults.
As a graduate of the Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services, you will be equipped with contemporary knowledge to assist older adults and their families in navigating the complexity of the aged care system and the trajectory of the needs of older adults across complex health and social systems. 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 educator or trainer
- Care advisor
- 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
Applicants with previous higher education study: 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 partially completed course at Associate Degree level or higher at any Australian higher education provider (or have partially completed an equivalent overseas qualification). Applicants must have completed the equivalent of at least two Bachelor level units of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points). If an applicant has failed any units, the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made.
Applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years):
This course does use ATAR and equivalent ranks as part of the admission process.
Applicants with previous VET / TAFE study; completed Certificate III or above.
Work and Life
Applications on the basis of work or life experience are considered via a written competency statement.
The Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services is a fully online, eight-unit course 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 course will bring together the social and health-based perspectives of ageing.
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.
Year 1. 8 subjects in first year including:
- 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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