Unit description

Describes the current structure and function of health and welfare services for older people, and explore the salient issues for older people. It will examine the impact of population ageing on service demand and delivery and the service options available to older Australians living in the community. The principles that inform the development of international, national and local strategies for population ageing will be examined. Students will analyse the needs and interests of a diverse ageing population.

Unit content

  1. Population ageing
  2. History of aged services in Australia
  3. Principles underpinning care and service provision
  4. Ageing policy
  5. Aged services
  6. Residential care
  7. Community services
  8. International ageing policy
  9. Income and retirement
  10. Aged care workforce
  11. Cultural diversity in ageing

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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