Postgraduate course

Graduate Certificate in Gerontological Healthcare

As the global population ages, there is a growing demand for health care professionals with gerontological expertise. Take the next step in your health career and develop in-demand, multidisciplinary skills instrumental to healthy ageing.

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Murdoch code

C1154

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Duration (years)

0.5

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CRICOS code

103900G
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Prepare for the real world

Gain experience in our state-of-the-art clinical teaching wards and modern simulation suites.

Get hands-on experience

Complete 18 weeks of work experience in hospitals, aged care and community settings throughout WA.

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Overview

Are you a health professional seeking career development in the growing speciality of older-person-centred healthcare? Do you want to be seen as a leader in the field of ageing, with skills and knowledge applicable across a range of health care settings?

By studying gerontology at Murdoch, you’ll learn both the technical and analytic skills needed to implement multidisciplinary practice and policy to meet the demand for gerontological healthcare.

Build upon your health-related bachelor's degree, as you study safety in health care, contemporary issues in ageing, and evidence-based approaches to caring for older people with neurocognitive conditions, chronic progressive disease and end of life issues. You’ll graduate knowing how to identify and respond to deterioration and decline in older people, the components of a comprehensive assessment and multidisciplinary care planning.

3 reasons to study Gerontological Healthcare at Murdoch

  • Fit study into your working life and study anywhere through our online-only course where you'll learn in our interactive, virtual classroom
  • Our course curriculum has been developed in consultation with industry and is taught by topic experts to ensure you graduate with relevant knowledge
  • Take advantage of networking opportunities through interactive workshops and online discussions

What you’ll learn 

  • Legal and ethical aspects of older person’s health care
  • Principles of person-centred care across care settings
  • Contemporary issues in ageing
  • Evidence-based strategies to improve quality of care
  • Application of palliative care principles at end of life
  • Comprehensive assessment of older person

Your future career

As a graduate of Gerontological Healthcare, you’ll fulfil the need for skilled healthcare professionals with an understanding of gerontological issues and complex needs of older people. You may provide comprehensive health care in acute, community or residential settings and assist older people to navigate life transitions in either the private or aged care sectors. Career options may include:

  • Clinical Nurse
  • Nurse Unit Manager
  • Clinical Care Manager
  • Physiotherapist – aged care or community
  • Social Worker – aged care or community
  • Occupational Therapist – aged care or community
  • Facility manager

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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