Graduate Certificate in Care of the Aged
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Help older Australians receive the quality care they require

As the population continues to age, the Australian 2021 Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety identified the need to raise the standards of care and strengthen the capabilities of the workforce that cares for the older person.

It is estimated that by 2066, one in five Australians will be aged over 65 – over two million of whom will be older than 85 and for this reason promoting healthy ageing is essential.

A wide range of service providers are involved in the care of the older person, however, negative stereotypes, assumptions and biases surrounding the ageing process have shaped the way services are designed and care provided.

While providers are knowledgeable in their specific area of expertise, they may not be sufficiently prepared to provide care that is person-centric, integrated and supports the diverse complex needs of the older person.

QUT Online’s Graduate Certificate in Care of the Aged is designed for those who wish to specialise in older persons’ care. It will advance your skills and knowledge and develop your professional identity in the care of the older person.

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 the older person living with dementia.

There are many rewarding job opportunities within the aged care sector.

Why study this course? To develop specialised skills and therefore, work effectively when caring for the older person across a range of healthcare, community across home-based settings.

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

Entry Requirements

You can gain entry into the Graduate Certificate in Care of the Aged with:
  • A completed bachelor degree (or higher) in nursing, medical or allied health. 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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"Studying at QUT Online has been an invaluable experience, expanding my knowledge and skills in providing quality care for older individuals. The flexibility of online learning allowed me to successfully balance my work, family, and other responsibilities. Overcoming various challenges along the way, I persevered and received exceptional support from the Lead Unit Coordinator and Online Learning Advisors. Collaborating with brilliant minds on research projects truly enriched my learning journey."

Rohini Lata QUT Online Graduate

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Career opportunities

Health Professional - care of the older person

Monitor the health and wellbeing of older persons while managing medication, wound care and other clinical services. Roles may include dementia specific health professionals, community-based services and primary health-based roles.

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.

Residential Support Worker

Deliver individualised support to older persons living in residential care with a focus on providing services that promote independence and enhance quality of life.

Community based services/programs

Provide a variety of social, educational and recreational activities for older persons and support for family caregivers who are caring for older persons with complex health conditions.

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