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Introduction to Aged care

With a recent Royal Commission investigation into the quality and safety of aged care, there's a growing need for skilled workers who have studied aged care courses.

Areas you’ll explore in an aged care course

  • Differences and similarities in concepts of ageing and disability
  • Social, mental, and physical traits of an ageing society
  • Strategies to empower older adults to live independently
  • Foundations of community health work
  • Interdisciplinary ways of thinking and problem-solving skills
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Online aged care subjects and short courses

University of Tasmania


Creativity for Life

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024, 04 Nov 2024

University of South Australia

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 08 Jan 2024, 24 Jun 2024

University of Tasmania

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 04 Nov 2024

University of Tasmania


The Arts and Dementia Care

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024

Online aged care degrees

University of Tasmania


Diploma of Creative Arts and Health

Combine arts with health

Discover how creative arts interventions in health care settings can have a positive impact on people’s lives. Learn through case studies, data and neuroscience. Explore your own creativity and ties to community. Advocate creativity.  

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

University of New England

Nurture individuals and communities

Follow, or build upon, your natural urge to protect and nurture those around you. Develop skills that form the core of care professions. Gain a pathway into a degree in nursing, social work or community services.

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Southern Cross University


Bachelor of Community Welfare

Help and support people and families in need

This community welfare course prepares you to work with clients and colleagues in human services. Placements add context to your studies with real world experience. Explore youth work and case management. Adopt the values and ethics of the profession.

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of South Australia


Bachelor of Community Health

Prescribe a caring career.

Consider career choices in mental health, nutrition, disability or aging. Help to take care of vulnerable people. Prescribe wellbeing programs to nourish diverse communities. Shape and support health projects. Gain professional non-clinical skills online.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

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Career paths in aged care

As with any area of rapid growth, we’re like to see entirely new job titles created within aged care in coming years. For now, there are plenty of current career opportunities for those who choose to study an aged care course:

  • Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
  • Aged care supervisor
  • Aged care facility manager
  • Dementia specialist
  • Aged care facility auditor
  • Caregiver for in-home assistance
  • Care services coordinator

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