Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support (Z2H)

Overview  2019

ATAR

No Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

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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
Term 1, Term 3
Launceston
Term 1, Term 3
Cradle Coast
Term 1, Term 3
Rozelle - Sydney
Term 1
AMC - Sydney
Term 1, Term 3

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

The Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support has been developed in consultation with the health, disability, mental health, aged care, social and community service sectors to address significant changes in service models and consumer expectation. The course has also been developed to meet the projected increases in role complexity and workforce demands in these sectors.

This course is suited to school leavers pursuing a career in the health, social or community service sectors or those seeking an alternative career choice in health, disability, mental health, aged care or community services. Individuals with vocational qualifications or relevant experience may undertake the course to upskill into roles with additional functional requirements and higher levels of responsibility, and/or to acquire a formal University qualification.

The Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support has a focus on applied learning opportunities including working with sector leaders, service consumers, organisations, individuals and communities.

Delivered through on-line learning, flexible tutorials, face-to-face workshops, authentic case studies, individual and community projects, the program is available for full-time and part-time students across all campuses in Tasmania, as well as in Sydney. Sector experts and service consumers will be actively involved in the development and delivery of the program to ensure that it remains relevant and up-to-date. The development of a professional portfolio over the duration of the course will enable graduates to reflect upon their learning and provide evidence of their capabilities for potential career opportunities.

On completion of an Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support, graduates are provided with:

  • an entry point to a career in the health, social and community service sectors;
  • an opportunity to accelerate progression within a current job;
  • an opportunity for promotion to a new role;
  • an opportunity to open up a new career path; or
  • articulation into further study at the University of Tasmania.

The Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support aims to draw upon the established principles and values of primary health care, human rights frameworks and community advancement. Using strength-based approaches such as reablement, recovery, community engagement and codesign, applied through case management and care coordination models, graduates will be able to work with individuals, families and communities to optimise and advocate for supportive partnerships and quality, evidence-based outcomes. Furthermore, the course will bring together the vocational streams of health, community and social services, equipping graduates with the capacity to relate biological, sociological, cultural, environmental and lifestyle factors to health and wellbeing.

CLO1 Engage in strength- based collaborations with individuals, families, service providers and communities to plan and deliver consumer- centred services that promote positive health and wellbeing outcomes.

CLO2 Identify, evaluate and communicate evidence and data to inform quality practice and service delivery.

CLO 3 Apply knowledge of health and wellbeing principles and practices, cultural awareness and ethics when working with diverse groups, processes and organisations.

CLO4 Identify, analyse and apply knowledge of health and community service reforms, regulations, standards and governance for sustainability and continuous quality improvement.

CLO5 Use reflective practice, effective communication and business skills to guide decision-making and lead and manage people and activities.

Career outcomes

Graduation from the Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Care can provide an entry opportunity for those who are interested in a career in the health, social and community service sectors with or without prior experience. It will also provide an opportunity to accelerate progression and/or promotion within a graduate’s current organisation, or open up new career paths and opportunities.

Potential career opportunities exist in the voluntary, private, not-for-profit, non-government and/or government sectors in health, disability, mental health, aged care, social and community services. Roles include team leaders, coordinators, supervisors, service managers, coaches, service navigators and community development/engagement officers.

Opportunities also exist for graduates to work in direct service roles such as physical health workers, rural health workers and mental health workers or to become service brokers, service planners, project managers, project officers, consultants and administrators, or to pursue roles in occupational, corporate or community health and wellbeing.

Electives offered within this degree provide opportunities for further knowledge expansion and skills development in health, business and/or community development.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory Core Units

This unit will situate ‘the individual’ in the context of person, family and their extended network of support. You will be encouraged to reflect upon your own values, beliefs and self-care needs, and that of others, in order to broaden…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1
AMC - SydneyTerm 1

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

In this unit you will consider how individuals, families and communities understand and experience health and wellbeing. Barriers and enablers of health and wellbeing will be explored, with emphasis placed on vulnerable, marginalised and isolated population groups. You will examine…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1
AMC - SydneyTerm 1

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

In this unit, you will explore and compare different models of service design and delivery and how they influence health and wellbeing outcomes for diverse population groups. With a focus on rights, self-determination and strengths-based approaches, you will investigate the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2
AMC - SydneyTerm 2

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

In this unit, you will be introduced to the principles of primary health, preventative health and health promotion and how they inform the design and delivery of individualised support. You will develop an understanding of case management, care coordination, service…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2
AMC - SydneyTerm 2

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

This unit will introduce you to the way in which health, social and community services are organised, integrated, funded and governed in Australia. This unit is contextualised to the Australian healthcare reform agenda, emphasising a shift in focus from institutional…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3
AMC - SydneyTerm 3

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

This unit will introduce you to the quality and regulatory systems that govern service delivery, reporting and accreditation. Principles, policies, standards and guidelines will be considered in the context of the individual, the consumer and the organisation. A cycle of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3
AMC - SydneyTerm 3

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

In this unit you will be introduced to principles, practices and processes that influence business operations in health and community services, with particular emphasis on balancing consumer focus with commercial business decisions. The foundations of managing financial and human resources,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4
AMC - SydneyTerm 4

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

This unit will introduce you to the principles and practices of leading and managing people to achieve positive workplace cultures and consumer outcomes. Through an examination of yourself as a team member and leader, you will build capability in managing…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4
AMC - SydneyTerm 4

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

Year 2

Compulsory Core Units

Improvements in health and wellbeing are achieved through strengthening the capacity of individuals, families and communities to actively participate, contribute and engage in everyday life. This unit will build the knowledge and skills needed to coordinate services, projects and activities…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1
AMC - SydneyTerm 1

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

Maintaining sustainable services and supports for individuals, families and communities requires organisations to adapt and respond to changes and increasing complexity in policies, community expectations and health and community service needs. This unit will introduce the concepts that underpin the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2
AMC - SydneyTerm 2

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

In this subject, you will have the opportunity to negotiate the development of a project on an area or topic of interest in health, individualised or community support. You will apply research, analysis, evaluation and problem-solving skills to design and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3
AMC - SydneyTerm 3

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

In this unit, you will draw from the portfolio of work and artefacts produced throughout the course as evidence of your development as a skilled practitioner. Capability frameworks will enable you to evaluate and communicate your skills, knowledge and personal…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4
AMC - SydneyTerm 4

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

Term 1 Elective

Choose either

This unit will explore the general functions of the body systems, emphasising the relationship between structure and function. System health and normal variation will be investigated as the basis for understanding human development and the alterations in structure and function…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1
AMC - SydneyTerm 1

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

OR

The events manager is responsible for an array of activities within a dynamic environment. Events require thorough planning, innovation and logistical considerations in order to be delivered successfully.In this subject you will develop key knowledge and skills needed to manage…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1

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

Term 2 Elective

Choose either

In this unit, you will examine the characteristics of chronic diseases, exploring the causes, prevalence and impact, as well as the importance of chronic disease management strategies including self-management, complementary therapies and carer health and wellbeing. You will also be…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2
AMC - SydneyTerm 2

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

OR

This unit explores how and why successful businesses develop longer term plans to guide their management. It introduces the concept of medium to long term planning, explaining why business plans are formulated, and how managers use them to guide business…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

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

OR

This subject introduces you to aspects of leisure planning for communities, with a particular emphasis on sport, recreation and outdoor activity. Concepts linked to social and spatial planning are used as a platform to present topics in planning. Topics include…

Credit Points: 6.25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Term 3 Elective

Choose either

In this unit you will investigate the design and delivery of projects in business contexts. This will include identifying and analysing relevant concepts, tools and processes used in the formulation, delivery and management of projects, as well as how they…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3

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

OR

Whether it is through attending events, undertaking sporting pursuits, volunteering for a club, socialising online, visiting a gallery or relaxing in a public park, leisure provides critical contexts for social engagement in communities. In this light, leisure can afford strategic…

Credit Points: 6.25

This unit is currently unavailable.

OR

This subject will prepare you with the skills to manage budgets and various lines of revenue such as identifying grant sources, grant writing underpinned by the principles of competition and marketing and the value of economic and social return on…

Credit Points: 6.25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Term 4 Elective

This unit will examine issues, barriers and challenges to mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan with particular emphasis on understanding the lived experience in order to effectively support individuals, families and carers. You will examine contemporary, recovery-based support models…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4
AMC - SydneyTerm 4

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

OR

Volunteers are often the lifeblood of not‐for‐profit and governments‐facilitated community programs. These volunteers can create significant social, cultural and economic capital in communities. This subject explores the roles that volunteers do and can play within community‐based activities (e.g. sporting clubs,…

Credit Points: 6.25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Entry requirements

The admission criteria for the Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support is open to applicants from a broad range of backgrounds. You can gain admission to the Associate Degree in the following ways:

  1. ATAR Entry
  2. College entry
  3. TAFE entry
  4. General Entry
  5. Alternative Entry
  6. Capability statement

If you've just finished school, the following will apply to you:

ATAR entry. An ATAR result of 40 or greater.

College entry. A minimum level of study undertaken in Year 11 and 12 at Level 2 or above. This includes Satisfactory Achievements (SA) in English and Mathematics, and SA results in three other Level 2 subjects at Year 11 and 12 standard, with awards spread across both years.

TAFE entry. A TAFE certificate III or higher (related or unrelated).

General entry. Meet the broader general entry requirements for the University, which are SA results in at least four Tasmanian Qualifications Authority (TQA) level 3 accredited courses or a Year 11/12 ATAR.

For applicants with Year 11 and 12 College results or University academic records, UTAS will attempt to access these transcripts on your behalf. You will not need to provide any documentary evidence at this stage, and we will contact you if anything further is required.

If you're a mature age student or don't meet the above requirements, the following will apply to you:

Alternative entry. Demonstrate through work experience, competencies, or previous education that you are eligible for entry.

Capability statement. Prospective students who have been employed full or part-time in a related area may submit a statement and resume for review by the relevant Course Coordinator.

Applicants need to be aware that in order to be employed in the health and community services industry, they will need to meet certain compliance and regulatory requirements, such as working with vulnerable people registration and police records checks.

It is likely you will need to submit some documentation to support your application. If you are not sure what documentation to provide, don't worry, an Admissions Officer will review your application and will let you know if anything further is needed.

International students

This course is currently not offered to international students.

Articulating into the Associate Degree in Health and Community Support from other courses will be in line with the University’s standard application for credit process. Please see the Articulation/ Credit webpage for more information. Applications for credit can be made upon application to the Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support course.

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 2019, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2019, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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