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Advance your professional practice to improve the lives of older people and those with dementia. Gain specialist clinical and leadership skills. Our Leadership in Gerontology and Rehabilitation Studies takes a unique rehabilitation approach, and our Person-centred Dementia Care courses provide advanced professional practice in the specialist field of dementia.

Courses

Get a competitive advantage in the job market and update your knowledge and skills through contemporary studies in your chosen area of specialisation. 

Master of Science (Leadership in Gerontology and Rehabilitation)

The Master of Science (Leadership in Gerontology and Rehabilitation) is designed to provide opportunities for clinicians working with older people or clients with rehabilitation needs. You will be able to critically review the health and wellbeing of older people, review social policy in aged care, and develop advocacy skills to work with users, carers and colleagues in the health, social care and voluntary sectors. The program differs from courses offered by other Australian universities in that it includes a rehabilitation approach to developing services for older people.

Course structure

You will study nine core subjects (54 credit points), plus one elective and one capstone subject. Core subjects include:

  • Policy and Practice in the Care of Older People
  • Effective Leadership in Health
  • Dementia Care Across Settings
  • Facilitation and Education Skills for Practice Development
  • Emotional Intelligence for Leaders
  • Rehabilitation: Concepts and Practice
  • Delirium Care in the Older Person
  • Advancements in Dementia Care

View the Course Handbook for the complete course structure and learning outcomes.

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology & Rehabilitation

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Rehabilitation Studies is a clinically-based program that prepares practitioners for advanced professional practice in the specialist aged care field. You will use work-based learning to enhance client care and service delivery in the multi-disciplinary environment.

The program differs from courses offered by other NSW and Australian universities in that it is underpinned by a rehabilitation approach to developing services for older people.

Course structure

You will study four core subjects (24 credit points).

You will study:

  • Dementia Care Across Settings
  • Policy and Practice in the Care of Older People
  • Reflection on Practice
  • Rehabilitation: Concepts and Practice

View the Course Handbook for the complete course structure and learning outcomes.

Master of Science (Person-Centred Dementia Care)

The Master of Science (Person-Centred Dementia Care) is a clinically focused program that prepares practitioners for advanced professional practice in the specialist field of dementia. Graduates are able to critically review the health and well-being of individuals living with dementia, review social policy in dementia care, and develop advocacy skills to work with users, carers and colleagues in the health, social care and voluntary sectors. The program differs from courses offered by other Australian universities in that it is underpinned by a rehabilitation approach to dementia care.

Course structure

The course comprises of nine core subjects, plus one elective and one captone subject. Core subjects include:

  • Policy and Practice in the Care of Older People
  • Person Centred Concepts and Theory
  • Dementia Care Across Settings
  • Reflection For Practice
  • Facilitation and Education Skills for Practice Development
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Rehabilitation: Concepts and Practice
  • Person Centred Leadership
  • Advancements in Dementia Care

View the Course Handbook for the complete course structure and learning outcomes.

Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care

The Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care is a clinically-based program that prepares practitioners for advanced professional practice in the specialist field of dementia. You will use work-based learning to enhance client care and service delivery in the multidisciplinary environment.

Course structure

This course comprises of four subjects, including three core subjects and one elective.

Core subjects include:

  • Dementia Care Across Settings
  • Reflection For Practice
  • Advancements in Dementia Care

View the Course Handbook for the complete course structure and learning outcomes.

Get up to 75% off your fees in 2023

In 2023, the Government will pay up to 75% of the course fees of eligible Domestic students studying a UOW postgraduate degree in Gerontology and Dementia Care. There’s never been a better time to get started on your next qualification. Speak with our course experts to find out more.

ELIGIBILITY & FEES Online info session | 30 Nov

Intakes, fees and study modes

Leadership and research skills gained in studying the UOW degrees in gerontology and dementia care prepares you for career progression into senior clinical, management, teaching, and research roles. With Commonwealth supported places available covering up to 75% of your fees, enjoy flexible and online study options.

SessionSession Details

2023 Autumn

Commences 27 February 2023

2023 Spring

Commences 24 July 2023

 Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology & Rehabilitation

CampusFull Course Fee*

Wollongong, UOW Online

$1,992 (2022)

Master of Science in Dementia Care or Gerontology & Rehabilitation 

Campus Full Course Fee*

Wollongong, UOW Online

$5,976 (2022)

The above tuition fees are the amount payable for a Commonwealth Supported place.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are University places where, for eligible domestic students, tuition fees are made up of two parts:

  • an Australian Government contribution (for some courses, up to three-quarters of the tuition fee is funded by the Australian Government)
  • a student contribution (which may be deferred and repaid later via a HECS-HELP loan)

To be eligible for this fee subsidy, you must meet the following criteria: Be a domestic student, i.e. an Australian or New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or a permanent Australian Humanitarian visa holder.

*Total indicative course tuition fees shown is for a Commonwealth Supported place. These fees are based on normal course length and progression and are subject to change from year to year. For up to date information on course structure and fees, refer to the UOW Course Handbook.

You can choose to study the Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care, the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology & Rehabilitation Studies or the Master of Science online, or at our Wollongong campus.

UOW Online

UOW integrates online learning into nearly all subjects. However, when your course is offered through UOW Online, 100% of your course will be delivered online, including all tutorials, class discussions and submission of assessments. This delivery mode allows you to study from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Studying online still means you will be able to connect with our passionate lecturers and teachers and network with your classmates.

Wollongong Campus

When you study ‘on campus’ you will attend classes between Monday and Friday, but you can often choose class times outside business hours to help you organise study around your other commitments. UOW integrates online learning into all of our subjects so the time spent on campus is spent strengthening your understanding and practising your skills.

 

The Master of Science (Person Centred Dementia Care) has given me the tools, knowledge and confidence to become a clinical leader and expert in Aged Care nursing. Since completing the degree I have been engaged in policy design, educational interventions and clinical research. The degree opened more doors and career opportunities than I could have imagined. Amy Montgomery Master of Science (Person Centred Dementia Care)

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Advance your professional practice

UOW maintains strong links with industry bodies, such as the Local Health Districts, private Health providers and heath agencies to ensure programs are relevant to the latest industry developments. 

Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading experts and experienced practitioners/clinicians so the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future. Our professional health degrees are highly respected and valued by industry.

UOW is home to Aged Dementia Health Education & Research (ADHERe), a centre of interdisciplinary researchers generating evidence in gerontological studies.

Professor Victoria Traynor is the Founding Director of the Aged Dementia Health Education & Research (ADHERe).

 

Our multidisciplinary programs are designed to enable you to gain a postgraduate qualification while maintaining a full-time or part-time career and balance family commitments. We provide a dynamic environment for teaching, learning and research and aim to achieve standards of excellence in professional preparation for those wishing to enter the nursing profession and in continuing education or existing clinicians. Close links with service providers ensure programs meet the needs of healthcare providers and the populations they serve.

Choose to study online, or face-to-face: These courses are fully online, using best practice in technology-enhanced learning meaning you can study from any location at your own pace. Many students maintain full-time or part-time careers in healthcare while undertaking these courses. Students report being part of a collaborative online community that supports their learning journey. Face-to-face classes are optional for those interested in working with lecturers and colleagues on campus.

These courses are designed to prepare your for leadership roles in the health care system.

  • Graduates are able to critically review the health and well-being of individuals living with dementia, review social policy in dementia care, and develop advocacy skills to work with users, carers and colleagues in the health, social care and voluntary sectors. The program differs from courses offered by other Australian universities in that it is underpinned by a rehabilitation approach to dementia care.
  • The Master of Science (Leadership in Gerontology and Rehabilitation) was redesigned to reflect contemporary policy, practice and education in aged care services. Experience online work-based learning with guidance from a team who combine clinical practice with research expertise.

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