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|Full-time duration||Part-time duration||Core subjects||Elective Subjects||Capstone subject*||Next term starts||Total course fee|
|1 years||2 years||4||6||1||3 April 2017 (Term 2), 10 Jul 2017 (Term 3)||A$24,064|
Ageing is our greatest common denominator, yet our knowledge of it is still very limited. As populations around the world grow older, we need to understand the economic, social and political implications of ageing.
The Graduate Diploma in Ageing at the University of Melbourne is an exciting interdisciplinary course that is designed to provide students with key competencies in the ageing field to meet the rapidly increasing market demand.
This is the first course of its kind that brings together academics from multiple disciplines, including public health, medicine, architecture and design, engineering, business and economics, government, and the arts. Academics collaborate with leading experts from Australia and around the world.
By successfully completing this course you may be eligible for credit toward the Master of Ageing.
We’ve designed this course to produce leaders in the field of ageing who will be able to develop new approaches and policies that help shift the focus to a more positive and holistic view of ageing. This course will provide opportunities to gain practical skills and undertake high-order analysis, using interdisciplinary strategies and cross-cultural comparisons.
Students will learn how national and global politics, economics, ethics and social equity influence the way society plans for and meets infrastructure and service delivery requirements of ageing populations in Australia and around the world. Hear expert perspectives on the trends, issues and challenges faced by communities, organisations, businesses and governments. Investigate how an ageing population drives workforce and retirement trends, and how recent technological advances can revolutionise the ageing experience. Develop the capacity to identify market needs, negotiate with government and shape policy. Identify and analyse the multiple determinants of healthy ageing and develop integrative approaches to managing them.
Who the course is for
This program is for those looking to build a career specialising in this fast-growing sector and will be particularly relevant if you are a policy and planning professional, entrepreneur, manager, healthcare professional, or someone already working with ageing populations and workforces. At the completion of this course, students will be well placed for leadership advocacy and managerial roles.
The greater integration of technology into everyday life continues to revolutionise areas such as healthcare provision, product design, productivity and transportation, and attention to the needs of older people in each of these areas is increasing. Product development associated with the field of gerontechnology is beginning to have an effect on many other industries. Urban design, immigration policy, consumer policy, consumer protection, insurance and financial education are all being affected by the global ageing phenomenon. Notions of retirement are evolving and plans for longer working lives are influencing the approaches that large organisations and financial advisors are taking with ageing populations.
The Graduate Diploma In Ageing is designed to increase your leadership and career potential to meet the accelerating market demand for a skilled workforce. The course provides both a contextual overview and specialist skills along with knowledge of the key issues around ageing. Local, state and federal governments along with NGOs and private sector organisations are keen to employ skilled graduates.
In the Australian aged-care sector alone, there are currently over 350,000 paid employees and the Productivity Commission on Caring for Older Australians expects this workforce to quadruple in size over the next forty years (Productivity Commission on Caring for Older Australians, 2011). Half of these employers report skill shortages due to a lack of specialist knowledge required to meet service delivery demands.
Access career opportunities through our extensive Industry Network. Network members range from prominent private consulting companies and the Victorian government, to large service delivery organisations, consultancies, financial institutions, technology firms, retirement villages and peak bodies.
What you will learn
- Develop solutions to complex ageing issues
Develop solutions to complex ageing issues
You’ll be able to apply comprehensive knowledge of the ageing experience from conceptual and practical dimensions of the course to develop solutions to complex ageing issues.
- Appraise ageing-related systems
Appraise ageing-related systems
You’ll learn to describe and appraise systems, structures and policies in Australia and other countries that address ageing.
- Assess strategies aimed at promoting healthy living
Assess strategies aimed at promoting healthy living
You’ll be able to critically assess strategies aimed at promoting healthy and productive ageing across the lifespan (ie legislation, policy and community development).
Who you will learn from
Your online learning experience is enriched by interaction with lecturers, tutors and your fellow classmates. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.
Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.
- Associate Professor Louisa Remedios, Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Health Science
- Professor Ian McDonald, Emeritus Professor in Economics
- Associate Professor Briony Dow, Clinical Associate Professor
- Ruth Williams, Academic Convenor (Ageing Research Initiative) & Research Fellow
- Lena Gan, Program Director, Master of Ageing
Contact student support
Talk with a dedicated online Student Support Consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page, via phone or by filling out the enquiry form to understand more about this program, including:
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To gain the Graduate Diploma in Ageing you must complete 100 points comprising of:
- Four core subjects; and
- Four elective subjects.
|Ageing in Society||12.5|
Ageing in Society
Learn about ageing from a range of perspectives, including life course, bio-medical, gender, crosscultural, consumer, historical and self-reflection. This subject will critically analyse all forms of ageism and how older people are portrayed in literature, media and government policy using case studies from Australia and other countries around the world.
Detailed Information POPH90256
|Body of Ageing||12.5|
Body of Ageing
Focus on how the body and its systems are affected by ageing and explore the differences between the natural ageing process and physical changes that develop as a result of illness in older people. Understanding the common impairments and physiological changes behind them that occur as part of the ageing process provides students with a fundamental base to critically analyse and develop strategies for healthy ageing and disease prevention.
Detailed Information POPH90257
|Economics of Ageing||12.5|
Economics of Ageing
Examine the influence of private and public/government decision-making on the economic wellbeing of older people. Decisions include private decisions to prepare for old age and to live through old age by saving and managing assets. The subject also covers how an ageing population exerts upward pressure on taxation levels required to finance government activities and services for the aged.
Detailed Information POPH90258
|Ethics of Ageing||12.5|
Ethics of Ageing
This subject provides an overview of some of the key ethical issues associated with ageing across the lifespan, with an emphasis on the societal dimensions and implications for policy and professional practice. Students will be introduced to bioethical theory and its application to frame the exploration of a number of key issues organised within thematic units of ‘justice’, ‘autonomy’ and ‘dignity’. A final unit will explore ethical issues pertaining to the human quest for ‘immortality’.
Detailed Information POPH90260
|Ageing Health and Human Services||12.5|
Ageing Health and Human Services
Explore the interface of policy and practice in the delivery of aged care services. The responses to policy shifts in aged care over time will be explored. The course will then focus on the present day impact of health care, mental health, income security, housing, and employment, educational and recreational policies on the delivery of services to older citizens collectively and as individuals. Case studies will be used to illustrate both the theoretical and practical aspects of designing and delivering services.
Detailed Information POPH90267
|Design for Ageing||12.5|
Design for Ageing
Demographic ageing is creating a shift in how we think and define homes, cities and public spaces. This subject explores sustainable approaches to keeping the older segment of the population physically and socially active. Innovative changes in design can lead to significant advancements in service delivery, transportation access, and homes to minimise stress on people as they age, and to support ageing in place.
Detailed Information ABPL90377
|End of Life Issues||12.5|
End of Life Issues
Examine end of life issues in a variety of contexts, such as in private homes, hospitals, hospices and residential care facilities, and consider their implications for individuals; families and friends; clinicians and health professionals; carers; and policy makers. Examples of policy, practice and legislation from a range of countries will be used to highlight common features and diverse approaches to end of life issues.
Detailed Information POPH90259
|Global Population Ageing||12.5|
Global Population Ageing
Explore the impact of a rapidly ageing population in terms of both planning and providing for this worldwide trend. The primary focus of this subject is on the relationship between ageing and a range of social and economic determinants, including gender, poverty, race/ethnicity and housing. This subject uses examples from around the world to explore how policies aimed to support healthy ageing influence population health.
Detailed Information POPH90264
|Leadership for an Ageing Workforce||12.5|
Leadership for an Ageing Workforce
Effective leadership involves an advanced understanding of the global players, of decision-making, of organisational effectiveness and of one’s own strengths and weaknesses. Through a series of current case studies in the ageing field, which range from examples of leadership from Indigenous elders, board oversight in aged care facilities and ageing workforce issues. Students will explore the major theories and models of group dynamics, motivation, communication, negotiation and conflict as well as further develop their emotional intelligence for personal and professional development.
Detailed Information POPH90266
|Mental Health and Ageing||12.5|
Mental Health and Ageing
Explore the implications of mental health and ageing from a range of bio-medical and social perspectives. Lecture topics include understanding the distinction between mental health and mental illness, placing mental health and ageing within a lifespan framework with an emphasis on cognitive changes in later life and managing common mental health disorders in older age. Screening, assessment and psychological interventions for these common conditions are covered, including late life delusional disorders, substance use and abuse, anxiety and personality disorders, delirium and dementia, depression and pain.
Detailed Information PSYT90092
|Shifting Paradigms in Ageing||12.5|
Shifting Paradigms in Ageing
This subject is designed to produce leaders in the field of ageing who are able to develop new approaches and policies to help address the profound societal changes that are in progress. Students will be able to recognise the underlying assumptions on which many existing systems are based and learn new skills and techniques to think laterally. As Einstein said "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Ageing is also very much about opportunity and this subject will enhance your ability to identify and leverage that potential.
Detailed Information POPH90273
|Technology and Ageing||12.5|
Technology and Ageing
Look at the ways in which recent technological advancements can revolutionise the experience, management and future of ageing. Innovations in how we age will be explored from multiple perspectives, including how technology can support autonomy and independent living as well as social connectedness to minimise the isolation common in later life. Lastly, this subject considers life extension ideas in the areas of longevity technologies and regenerative medicine.
Detailed Information POPH90263
The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.
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To apply for the Graduate Diploma in Ageing, you are required to have:
- An undergraduate degree in any discipline, or equivalent
- Documented evidence of at least two years' professional work experience.
Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.
In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance; and
- Professional work experience.
All applicants are required to provide a current curriculum vitae describing their work experience and tertiary and other qualifications, as a supplement to transcripts.
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Student Application and Selection Procedure.
Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa.
Most courses have multiple intakes per year. Check the dates of upcoming terms.
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Fees and scholarships
Graduate Diploma in Ageing
100 point program
Course fees are the same for both domestic and international students.
Your course is equivalent in quality and accreditation to an on-campus qualification. Each subject is designed by academics, subject coordinators and learning designers to deliver an interactive and enriching experience, with regular contact from lecturers, tutors and a dedicated online Student Support team.
The indicative course fee for the course is based on one year of full-time study. In cases of part-time study, the fee is based on the study load that the student is taking. Fees are paid on a per subject basis each term, and total course fees are not required to be paid up-front.
The fees listed are the indicative costs for 2017. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.
Learn more about tuition fees.
Financial assistance and scholarships
The fees you pay for graduate study will vary depending on the type of enrolment or place you are offered.
If you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government.
There are many bursaries and scholarships awarded by the University and specific faculties, based on a variety of criteria. Online students are encouraged to apply.
FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies. Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.
- Domestic scholarships
The Melbourne Scholarships Program is one of the most generous and comprehensive in Australia – supporting approximately 3000 students at the University. The scholarships program serves to both reward outstanding academic achievement and provide access for students who might otherwise be prevented from undertaking further study. For full details of all domestic graduate scholarships, visit the Future Students website.
Further information regarding financial aid options for current students is available on the Student Services website.
- International scholarships
There are no scholarships available for overseas online students from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organisations and charities may provide scholarships.
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|2017||Applications close||Teaching period|
|Term 1||Closed||9 Jan - 12 Mar|
|Term 2||26 Feb||3 Apr - 4 Jun|
|Term 3||28 May||10 Jul - 10 Sep|
|Term 4||20 Aug||2 Oct - 3 Dec|
It takes about 20 minutes to complete the form using the online application system.
You can save your work in progress and complete the application at a later date.
To complete your application you will require:
- Course code GD-AGEING
- Evidence of meeting the English Language Requirements as determined by the University
- A detailed CV, including work history if applicable and specifying if the positions were part time or full time and the number of years/months employed
- Transcripts for ALL courses completed including an explanation of the grading system used. Students who have studied at the University of Melbourne do not need to provide this information
- Digital files of these documents. Limit of 6MB per document. Supported file types: TXT, DOC, DOCX, PDF, JPG, JPEG, XLS, XLSX, TIFF).
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