The Master of Gerontology will advance your skills as a health professional responding to the growing challenges of a diverse ageing population. You will develop an advanced understanding of the health of the older person, as well as leadership skills, by participating in new paradigms of thinking. You will enhance your practical skills and research capabilities using interdisciplinary perspectives and ageing theories that can be applied across health care contexts and cultures.
This course provides a strengths-based and holistic view of the older person and the ageing process. Rather than focusing on frailty and disease, you will study the physical, mental and social aspects and implications of ageing. You will analyse the determinants of healthy ageing as well as the various challenges faced by the older population. This course offers an innovative, multidisciplinary variety of core and elective units and a curriculum that is fully responsive to the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (2018). Attention is given to the agency of the older person, complex care needs including dementia and cognitive decline, polypharmacy and safety issues, governmental policies, standards of care and accreditation requirements.
The course is relevant to a wide range of professionals including nurses, allied health professionals, administrators and managers.
A Master of Gerontology will prepare you to work in all government and non-government older person's health and aged care organisations. As a graduate, you will also have the skills and knowledge to assume leadership roles and be well prepared for a career that focuses on research and/or project management. Current managers and leaders in the aged care sector will advance their knowledge and skills to consolidate their leadership capacity.
|Duration||3 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||72|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||MGerontology|
|AQF Level||Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
• A completed 3 year Australian Bachelor degree, or Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent qualification, in a health-related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution; or
• A minimum of 3 years employment experience as a health professional in the aged care sector.
Employment experience should be in the form of a letter of employment and must be presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
• A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
• Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America.
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below.
• An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 for Reading and Writing and 5.5 for Speaking and Listening, or
• An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
Each student will be assessed individually.
The following applicants may be eligible for a shorter course duration:
• Applicants with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a health-related discipline.
It is recommended that students have completed a health-related degree.
|Interim Awards||CL78 - Graduate Diploma of Gerontology CL79 - Graduate Certificate in Gerontology|
|Exit Awards||CL78 - Graduate Diploma of Gerontology CL79 - Graduate Certificate in Gerontology|
|Professional Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditation||
No Residential School for this course.
|Year||Number of Students|
Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice|
|2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice|
|5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level|
|6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences|
|7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability|
|10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.|
|Number of units: 8||Total credit points: 48|
This course comprises 12 units. There are 8 compulsory units and 4 electives. Electives may only be selected from the units listed.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|HLTH28001||Polypharmacy and Safety Issues|
|HAGE20001||Contemporary Approaches to Gerontological Care|
|DCHA20003||Cognitive and Sensory Changes and Age|
|NURS20165||Leadership in Healthcare|
|NURS20167||Literature Review in Health, Safety and Wellbeing|
|NURS20168||Designing Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences|
|NURS20173||Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences Project 1|
|NURS20174||Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences Project 2|
|Number of units: 4||Total credit points: 24|
Students are required to complete 4 electives, ensuring that at least 3 units are at AQF Level 8.
|Students may choose to do any of the following:|
|HLTH28002||Aged Care Standards and Systems|
|HHSM20004||Organisational Culture in Health Care Settings|
|HHSM20003||Using Health Data: Recognising Risk to Initiate Change|
|DEME20002||Supporting and Caring for People with Dementia|
|DFVP20001||Domestic and Family Violence Theories and Perspectives|
|NURS20178||Alcohol and Other Drugs|
|NURS20154||The Transformative Power of Story|
|HHSM20001||Australian Health Care Structures|
|HLTH29031||Complex Care Needs of Older People|
|NURS20166||Clinical Learning and Teaching|