Ageing Health & Human Services

Subject POPH90267 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Term 3, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start 13-Jul-2015
Teaching Period 20-Jul-2015 to 13-Sep-2015
Assessment Period End 18-Sep-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 14-Jul-2015
Census Date 07-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 28-Aug-2015

The pre-teaching period is included to provide an opportunity for students to get used to the online platform, meet the instructors/tutors and become familiar with how to access resources before the teaching period starts.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 Hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours





Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Ralph Hampson


Dr Ralph Hampson


Associate Professor Lou Harms


Subject Overview:

This course explores the interface of policy and practice in the delivery of aged care services. The responses to policy shifts in aged care over time will be explored. The course will then focus on the present day impact of health care, mental health, income security, housing, and employment, educational and recreational policies on the delivery of services to older citizens collectively and as individuals. Case studies will be used to illustrate both the theoretical and practical aspects of designing and delivering services.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Understand and be able to articulate the interface between policy and practice in the delivery of aged care services
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of the impact of policies on the provision of programs for older citizens.
  • Critically discuss, assess and develop strategies to improve the implementation of policy on the delivery of services to older citizens.
  • Present a case study from their field/area that demonstrates an applied understanding of the interaction between policy and practice in an aged care setting.
  • Contribution to online discussions, due throughout the teaching period (10%)
  • 3x case scenarios for critical reflection (250 wrods each), due throughout the teaching period (each worth 5%, for 15% total)
  • Case Study Proposal (1,000 words), due in the middle of the teaching period (25%)
  • Student Project (3,000 words), due at end of assessment period (50%)
Prescribed Texts:

Students will have access to electronic copies of relevant readings.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • High level written communication skills
  • Advance information and interpretation skills
  • Advance analytic, integration and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate competence in critical and theoretical thinking through essay writing and online discussions
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Ageing
Graduate Diploma in Ageing
Master of Ageing
Master of Social Work
Specialist Certificate in Ageing

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