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Specialise in gerontology and extend your ability to lead in the field

In Australia there are over 1.5 million consumers of aged care services, and this number is only set to grow. As the population ages, there is an emerging need for high-quality aged care services, and the professionals to deliver them.

Aside from building fundamental skills in aged care best practice, the Master of Gerontology will challenge you to extend your leadership ability in the field, preparing you for organisational leadership with a focus on ensuring health and aged care services evolve to meet changing community needs.

You will complete a scholarly, work-relevant project, engaging with gerontology theory, and sharing your research findings with leaders in the field of Gerontology at an end-of-course conference.

The Master of Gerontology has been co-designed with dedicated academics, including Dr MacAndrew and Associate Professor Parker, who were recognised for outstanding contributions in the field of gerontology and nursing education. Recipients of the Distinguished Educator award from the National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence, you can learn more about how they are advancing the field of Gerontology in our blog.

By completing a Master of Gerontology, healthcare professionals with prior work experience have the opportunity to specialise, learn about all aspects of ageing and be more competitive for securing higher level positions within aged care, including leadership positions.

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is a possible early exit point for this course.

Start your application process today to secure your future with QUT Online.

Entry Requirements

You can gain entry into the Master of Gerontology with:
  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in a nursing, medical or allied health discipline. Or

  • Current AHPRA registration within the applicant’s field of practice; plus

    At least 3 years full-time equivalent (FTE) professional work experience in the same field as the current APHRA registration

    (Enrolled nurse registration is not acceptable)

This course is not available to international students.

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Career opportunities

Health care and social assistance is already the largest-employing industry in Australia and within that industry, the two largest employing occupations are registered nurses and aged and disabled carers. With the number of people aged 70 and over expected to more than double over the next 40 years – reaching around 6.9 million people by 2060 – workers with a specialised gerontology degree are in high demand.

Gerontologists can occupy a wide range of roles in industries such as nursing, occupational therapy, management, policymaking, social work and research. What all of them have in common is the purpose of helping to support and improve the lives of Australia’s rapidly growing population of older adults.

Registered Nurse – Palliative Care

Work in a hospital or hospice as a registered nurse specialising in palliative care, working to provide person-centred end-of-life care and support to clients.

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 Aged Care Manager

Take a step forward in your career within the aged care industry, managing a residential care service, and engaging effectively with staff, residents, families and the community.

Regional Aged Care Manager

Embrace a dynamic leadership role in aged care at a regional level, sharing your expertise in complex clinical care, and improving clinical care through coaching and team development programs.

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