Associate Degree in Health and Community Care (52C)

Overview  2019

ATAR

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

This course is in teach out and is no longer accepting applications.

Lead yourself into health care and contribute to improving the health of individuals and communities.

Become job ready for a career in health. This mostly online course is suitable for anyone who is just starting out in the workforce, needs a career change or a skills update.

Choose your own study plan based on personal preference or career interests including:

  • Coaching and Counselling
  • Drugs and Medicines
  • Community and Mental Health
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Sports and Exercise
  • Epidemiology and Health Research
  • Health and community services management

With this course you will gain practical experience that is sought after by employers by developing high level communication, problem solving, management and strategic planning skills as well as learning to improve personal health, and developing your knowledge in community health promotion.

The Associate Degree of Health and Community Care will prepare students to contribute to improving the health of individuals and communities in different social settings.

This associate degree provides the study option towards a Bachelor of Health and Community Care. The bachelor degree provides further study opportunities other health care courses within the University.

The Associate Degree in Health and Community Care includes units in self-care, professionalism, management, communication and counseling; in year two the course includes units in public health policy and quality and safety.

Students will learn to:

  • Apply the principles of health literacy towards promoting the health and welfare of individuals and the communities they serve
  • Communicate health and community care information effectively with people/clients, health care professionals and organisations
  • Retrieve, critically evaluate, and demonstrate use of an evidence informed approach towards undertaking health care and planning activities
  • Demonstrate ongoing voluntary, self-motivated professional behaviours and reflection equal to lifelong learning

SAFETY IN PRACTICE COMPLIANCE

All students enrolling in College of Health and Medicine programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

The College, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • working with children registration;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the College of Health and Medcine Mandatory Functional Requirements; and
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The exceptions are the Working with Children Registration and Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

Career outcomes

Career Opportunities in Health and Community Care

The health and community care industry is diverse and growing, meaning health providers are seeking a workforce who can continue to deliver a high quality of care, are efficient and effective.

This degree can provide you with the skills and knowledge to pursue occupational roles as assessors, coordinators, counsellors or managers within the following areas:

  • disability
  • child protection
  • drug and alcohol
  • family services
  • pastoral care
  • senior youth
  • social welfare
  • youth and family support
  • juvenile justice
  • early intervention

With the aging population, chronic disease and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), there is a rise in demand for health and allied health professionals, and support and personal care worker roles in services related to disability, aged care, mental health, alcohol and drug addiction.

Course structure

Semester One

This is a general nutrition unit which provides an overview of food and nutrition. It considers the influence of culture and ethnicity on food choice and explores the issues of food use from demographic, epidemiological and anthropological sources. It focuses…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces the determinants of health and wellbeing including lifestyle factors. Students are introduced to the types of measures that are used in reporting health information and the ways in which this information is presented and utilised. Students will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit will introduce students for the legal, professional and ethical basis of health care in Australia and prepare them for studies in health professional courses. This unit integrates three areas of study: Introduction to higher education study in Australia,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit introduces students to the various understandings of health and models of healthcare in contemporary Australia. Factors that determine and influence health and illness are explored. The experience of health and illness is considered in the context of individuals,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1
Darlinghurst - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

      

Semester Two

Principles of Health and Community Care and Support introduces the professional values, foundation concepts and core principles of care and support. The unit identifies social, cultural and political structures that shape a person's understanding and experiences of health and wellbeing,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit focuses on developing students' health literacy. Health literacy is the capacity to understand, evaluate and apply information to make decisions about health and health care. Students will explore how health information is communicated and how to distinguish evidence-based…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Undertaking medical research requires a range of skills and knowledge related to the ways information is generated, evaluated and communicated. Processes like peer review and open evaluation are essential to ensure that the knowledge underpinning medicine, health care and medical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores how historical, cultural and social elements and policy frameworks have shaped the health and wellbeing of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. Cultural safety, self-determination and collaboration are central concepts within this unit. You will…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2
Darlinghurst - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Health service providers in Australia need to respond effectively to diverse populations. This unit will introduce to you the diversity of races, ethnicities, religions, sexualities, genders and abilities in Australia. You will examine how belonging to a diverse group can…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2
Darlinghurst - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester One

Community and public health policy reflect both national and local political and social conditions, as well as international conventions. In this unit, students will gain an understanding of the UN conventions that shape Australian policy, as well as the way…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to the importance of physical activity for good health. Students will learn about the far-reaching effect of various types of physical activity on personal health, and the connection between inactivity and diseases and conditions (such as…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This Unit extends your understanding of the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal, social and environmental dimensions of health and wellness. The content focuses on critical aspects of social and emotional learning (SEL) to ensure you can successfully implement a program of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

plus one Breadth Unit
      

Semester Two

Evidence Informed Practice for Quality and Safety provides students with an overview of the relationship between research and practice in community care and support. Students will learn about quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research, and how to identify the appropriate…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an overview of the origins and principles of health promotion and its rationale. Students will develop an understanding of the strategies, methods and theories, used in health promotion, to meet the needs of diverse population groups in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Statistics generally indicate significant disparities between the health and well being of Indigenous people and the broader non-Indigenous population in Australia. This unit explores reasons for this situation, including a 'social determinants' approach examining socio-economic, cultural and political factors impacting…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

plus one Breadth Unit

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on a case by case basis. We consider applicants from a broad range of life experiences and backgrounds including individuals:

  • with professional learning or formal study qualifications and skills
  • entering University to study as a mature age student with little previous formal qualifications and/ or experience in this field

There are no formal pre-requisites, however a good level of computer competency and willingness to engage in online learning is highly recommended.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

Scholarships

Scholarships and Bursaries

Each year the University of Tasmania administers an estimated $7 million in scholarships to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior.

For more information on scholarships and to view the full range of scholarships available to you, head to the Scholarships website.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the International Scholarships website.

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