13th Jun 2013
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Considering an aged care qualification?
Author: YourLifeChoices
Considering an aged care qualification?

A new Associate Degree in Dementia Aged Care (ADDC) offers an opportunity for the Aged Care industry to prepare for the expected increases in dementia in the near future, providing career enhancement and professional development for employees in the sector.

This degree is offered part-time (50 per cent load) and over three semesters per year, taking 2.5 years to complete. The University of Tasmania (UTAS) is currently accepting applications for semester two. Members of Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) are eligible for a HECS waiver for study undertaken in 2013.

The first of its kind in Australia, UTAS began this course in November 2012 in Tasmania and Sydney. The second rollout in July 2013 will teach students in Tasmania, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Newcastle.

Professor James Vickers, Head of the School of Medicine at UTAS and Co-Director of the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, which designed the course, expects student numbers to continue growing. “Interest is constant – perhaps because of a growing awareness of the need to invest in educating our carers,” he said.

The residential and community aged care sector faces a critical shortage of skilled Personal Care Workers and Community Care Workers able to provide quality care for people with dementia. This crisis is set to worsen without affirmative action.

This new Associate Degree is the first step in filling this gap. It will provide significant opportunities to facilitate qualification upgrading for an existing workforce, as well as training of the future workforce.

The design of the course places feedback from the students as a priority, thus adopting a continuous improvement approach. It has also been designed to be accessible to rural students. There are no entry requirements, no exams and there is a full-time student support officer who provides a range of assistance.

For more information visit: www.utas.edu.au/wicking/dementia-care 



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    Nan Norma
    13th Jun 2013
    4:59pm
    That is a fantastic idea. We need to give the position of an aged care worker more prestage. We need the right kind of people to work in aged care. People that are willing to study to get the job. A women recently refered to her job as "cleaning shitty bums". The only job she could get but one she'll never lose because no-body wants to do it , she said. I was horrifed. After all nurses in hospital sometimes have to do that job.
    HKW
    7th Jan 2015
    12:49pm
    I applied for several positions, but becasue of my own age ( 58 ) I also had to admit that I have a lower back problem. My applications were instantly rejected.
    LucyGS
    17th Feb 2015
    10:41pm
    Aged care services have become in the most recent decade and will keep on doing as such. The interest for formal consideration is expanding as Australia's populace ages and as changed life circumstances affect on the capacity of casual family carers.
    EricBosloor
    8th May 2015
    2:10pm
    I have a cousin staying in Adelaide and she has told me about this new course being offered by the University there. I think it is a positive initiative raised by the institutions as it gives the people an opportunity to have a professional career in aged care. This will in turn enable a more conducive and safe living environment for the residents of the aged care homes all around Australia.


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