The Master of Applied Gerontology is a 54-unit program with 36 units of coursework and an 18-unit project. This course is offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology and the Graduate Diploma in Applied Gerontology. The sequentially developed topics allow progression through the awards. Students who hold a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma receive credit for topics already taken.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or an equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution and have not less than two years work experience in Palliative Care or Aged Care or in a related field or hold a four-year degree or three-year degree plus honours, or one of the following:
- Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology
- Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care in Aged Care
- Graduate Diploma in Applied Gerontology , or the
- Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care in Aged Care .
However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
Credit may be given, on application, for comparable prior studies.
The course aims to provide a masters-level postgraduate degree that enhances knowledge and skills that are required for students to engage in evidence-based, ageing-related practice or research within a global context and at an international standard.
At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
- critically reflect on and demonstrate mastery of the core theories and concepts in contemporary ageing studies; and their implications for professional practice
- critically appraise theory, research evidence and professional gerontological literature and apply this to their own practice
- apply within coursework a well-developed understanding of the ISSes and challenges of ageing in a global, societal and local context, including cultural and Indigenous perspectives
- demonstrate a well developed capacity to undertake, reflect upon and evaluate core professional tasks, that encompass social, psychological and/or clinical aspects of ageing in practice and research contexts
- develop and implement the skills for a deep and life long approach to learning in Applied Gerontology
- develop and complete a piece of independent research which adds to existing body of knowledge
- develop the skills to publish within the peer reviewed literature and communicate research evidence to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
To qualify for The Master of Applied Gerontology, a student must complete 54 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.
Except with permission of the Faculty Board the program must be completed full-time within three consecutive semesters or part-time within ten consecutive semesters. A lesser period may be set for students granted credit for previous studies.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in three or more topics, or the award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purpose of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Core - Year 1 & 2 topics
AGES8020 Introduction to Social Gerontology (4.5 units)
AGES8021 Introduction to Clinical Gerontology (4.5 units)
AGES8022 Psychological Dimensions of Ageing (4.5 units)
AGES9026 Design and Ethics in Research with Vulnerable Populations (4.5 units)
PALL9417 Independent Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice (18 units)#
PALL8432 Understanding Literature for Evidence-Based Practice (4.5 units)
plus 13.5 units of option topics selected from the list below.
Option - Year 1 & 2 topics *
AGES8023 Healthy Ageing (Mental Health) (4.5 units)
AGES8024 Medication and Ageing (4.5 units)
AGES8025 Best Practice in Dementia Care (4.5 units)
AGES8028 Leadership to Support Person-centred Dementia Care (4.5 units)
HACM9100 Leadership in Health and Aged Care (4.5 units)
HACM9101 Leading Organisations in Health and Aged Care (4.5 units)
HACM9103 Financial Management in Aged Care (4,5 units)
HACM9200 Health and Aged Care Systems (4.5 units)
NURS9710 The 3Ds Dementia, Delirium, and Depression (4.5 units)
PALL8436 Palliative Care in Aged Care Settings (4.5 units)
REMH8025 Recognising and Responding to Dementia in Indigenous Communities (4.5 units)
Or other topics offered by other departments as deemed appropriate by the Course Coordinator
# or PALL9417A Independent Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice A (9 units) and PALL9417B Independent Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice B (9 units)
* The research project requires an understanding and use of research methodology. If this has not been covered in previous study, the student should consult with the Course Coordinator to include either MMED8904 Health Sciences Research Methods (4.5 units) or NURS9218 Approaches to Research Design as an option.
Research topics offered by other disciplines may be selected if the Applied Gerontology Course Coordinator deems them appropriate.