About the course

About the course

If you have a genuine interest in caring for older people then our course in individual support will help you gain essential, person-centred skills and knowledge to care for and support older people living in residential and aged-care facilities.

In this health course, you’ll learn how to provide physical and psychosocial support for older people, including how to:

  • support people who may be living with dementia and/or other illnesses
  • provide palliative care
  • prevent falls
  • support independence and wellbeing
  • develop communication skills in health and community services
  • work in aged care setting

You’ll understand how to comply with the accreditation requirements in the aged-care sector, and you’ll be ready to deliver outstanding customer service and support to older people.

During our individual support course, you can benefit from the opportunity to do a work placement with leading industry aged-care providers.

Course Details

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Intake Dates & Course Length


January to June

Full time: 22 weeks (3 days per week)

Your studies will include a minimum of 160 hours of practical placement in residential aged care settings.

Note: The duration or structure of this course may change. Training packages may have changed since the publication on website. If changes have occurred, new students will be enrolled in the new course.

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Career Outcomes


This course may provide you with aged-care employment opportunities in local government, community organisations and aged-care facilities and private nursing homes. As part of your work placement, most students will have the opportunity to work with leading aged care providers. On completion of your course, you may be offered employment by your workplace provider.

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Entry Requirements


You will be required to provide evidence of:

  • a current National Police Check
  • immunisation requirements: 'Category A' Health Care Worker
  • a good level of English - reading, writing and verbal communication 

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Applying


Direct entry

You must attend an information/enrolment session where you can fill in the application form.

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation


Successful completion will enable you to apply for further studies in related health courses including in Certificate IV in Ageing Support, Certificate IV in Disability, Certificate IV in Allied Health or the Diploma of Nursing.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options


This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Free TAFEGovernment Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$344$1,721$7,459
Service Fee$160$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80$80
Material Fee$195$195$195$195
Retain Course Items$0$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$435$779$2,156$7,894
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$435$779$2,156$7,894

* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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