An ageing population poses new challenges for Australia’s existing health care, particularly aged care services. The goal of aged care is to ensure that all older Australians receive the quality person-centred care they require.
QUT Online’s Graduate Certificate in Care of the Aged seeks to provide existing health practitioners with the opportunity to specialise in meeting the complex care needs of older Australians. With the aged care industry already representing $21.6 billion in 2019-20 – a number that is only expected to rise – there has never been a better time to upskill.
The specialised skills you acquire will inform your understanding of healthy ageing and appropriate health assessment frameworks, while equipping you with a nuanced understanding of age-specific health practices such as skin and wound care, and caring for older people with dementia.
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"The reason I chose online is that I work a rotating roster, and it’s more convenient for myself to study at home at my own pace. If I don’t want to get dressed, I don’t have to. If I’ve had a busy night shift, I can just have a shower, then read through the next modules."
Leonie | Master of Gerontology
What you will learn
Develop a nuanced understanding of health promotion principles, and apply these the management of chronic illness and disease prevention.
Provide specialised care for older Australians suffering dementia, based on an evidence-based understanding of dementia’s physical, psychosocial and behavioural presentations.
Skin and Wound Care
Administer complex skin and wound care to older people, managing challenges to provide optimal wound management.
Health Assessment and Assistive Technologies
Accurately assess and respond to the full range of health care needs that older people require, demonstrating a sound knowledge of eHealth and assistive technologies.
For the first time in history, societies – including in Australia – are facing the challenging phenomenon of an ageing population, within which the ageing population is larger than the younger population. For health professionals to meet the increasing levels of complex care required, there needs to be a greater level of education, all of which ensures older Australians receive the person-centred care they require.
This unit provides health professionals – and those seeking work in Aged Care – a pragmatic knowledge of Aged Care best practice, grounded in physical, psychosocial and culturally safe perspectives.
Holistic and person-centred Aged Care is dependent on health professionals having a sophisticated understanding of healthy ageing and ageing processes.
This unit focuses on the principles of health promotion, encompassing social health determinants, nutrition, exercise and the use of technology and health data. You will learn about the principles that guide chronic illness management and disease prevention, while also developing an understanding of how social contexts contribute to quality of life improvements in older Australians.
Providing complex wound care to people in acute, residential and community health areas is a growing challenge for healthcare services. Quality wound care for the older person requires a holistic approach, as impacts are seen in every aspect of a person’s life.
This unit provides you with an in-depth knowledge of acute and chronic wounds specific to the older person and addresses challenges related to providing optimal management of wounds to inform evidence-based practice in wound care.
There are more than 300,000 Australians living with dementia and with an ageing population, this number is expected to triple by 2050. To meet the increasing needs of this vulnerable population, it is essential that all healthcare professionals have a good understanding of dementia and the specialised care that a person with dementia requires.
This unit explores a range of the psychosocial, cultural, political and clinical issues that are related to the increasing prevalence of dementia, in Australia and internationally. You will examine what best practice dementia care means, and discuss the unique challenges faced by the person with dementia, their families, and relevant service providers.
Our dedicated support team are here to help you when you need it. They are available online or over the phone seven days a week to answer all your questions. They are here to help with everything from technical support to academic questions. QUT Online has the tools and people to make your postgraduate study achievable and enjoyable.