Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
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Ensure older Australians receive the best possible care

As the Australian population ages, the need for sustained growth within the aged care industry increases. The healthcare sector is already Australia’s largest employer, and with the number of Australians over 65 anticipated to double over the next 40 years, this will naturally lead to a wide array of professional opportunities in the industry.

QUT Online’s Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is grounded in the scientific understanding of the ageing process, and ensuring quality of care to older Australians is the best it can possibly be, taking into account physical, psychosocial and culturally safe practices.

Upon completing the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, you will have a practical overview of the important role healthcare services play in responding holistically to the specific needs of the elderly. This includes chronic illness and injury management, palliative and end-of-life care, and quality and risk management.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology can go on to study the Master of Gerontology.

Please note the first intake of this course is February 2021.

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Entry criteria

You can gain entry into the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology with:

  • a completed bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in a nursing, medical or allied health discipline, or
  • current AHPRA registration within the applicant’s field of practice and at least three years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience in the same field as the current AHPRA registration.

This course is not available to international students.

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Course units

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Aged Care Law, Ethics and Culturally Safe Practice

Complex Care for the Older Person

Palliative and End of Life Care

Quality Management in Health


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Career opportunities

Home Aged Care Worker

Administer outstanding at-home care for older Australians and their families who need additional support – including personal care, domestic assistance, social support and transportation.

Registered Nurse – Aged Care

Monitor the health and well-being of residents at an aged care facility or in a hospital, while managing medication, wound care and other clinical services.

Community Support Worker

Provide complex aged care in a community setting – such as a group home – and care for a diverse range of clients.

Residential Support Worker

Deliver individualised support to elderly residents living in residential care, with a focus on providing services that promote independence and enhance residents’ quality of life.

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Fit study into your life, when it suits you. If you study on your lunch break, or after your kids are in bed, you can access everything you need, wherever you are.

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