The Master of Ageing is a unique fully online course about local and global challenges, and new directions and solutions in the field of ageing. Societal change coupled with relentless technological development demands flexible, responsive and integrative approaches to managing ageing populations and workforces. Given the complexity of this field and its relevance to all populations, the Master of Ageing course is interdisciplinary, intergenerational and international. Subjects are taught by academics and leading industry experts from Australia and around the world in public health, medicine, social work, architecture and design, engineering, business and economics, government, and the arts.
The course is designed to produce leaders in the field of ageing who will be able to develop new approaches and policies that help shift the focus to a more positive and holistic view of ageing. It will provide opportunities to gain practical skills and undertake high-order analysis, using interdisciplinary strategies and cross-cultural comparisons. Graduates will be well placed to take up leadership, advocacy and managerial roles in this rapidly expanding sector.
Why should you apply?
Population ageing is a global phenomenon that is both inevitable and predictable. It will change society at many levels and in complex ways, creating both challenges and opportunities… It is now up to the global community to take up the challenges it identifies and truly add life to our increasing years. Dr Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organisation, 2012
Start, build or change your career in response to the complex and evolving needs of ageing populations and workforces worldwide.
As populations and workforces age, governments around the world are striving to understand the social, political and economic implications. And on the ground, organisations are attempting to accommodate the ever-increasing demand for diverse and resilient services, systems and skilled professionals that fulfill the fundamental human needs of this changing demographic.
There are no quick fixes or simple solutions to this complex phenomenon. Broader, more collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative approaches will be required along with thinking that grasps the big picture and the interrelationships.
With the emergence of this type of training, the sector could be transformed… Market research: Thought leader interview response 2013
The Australian Treasury’s Intergenerational Report (IGR) projects that over the next 40 years, the proportion of the population over 65 years will almost double to around 25%. At the same time, growth in the population of traditional workforce age is expected to slow to almost zero. This is a permanent change. Barring an unprecedented change in fertility rates, the age structure of the population is likely to stabilise with a far higher proportion of older Australians.
Who should apply?
If you are keen to develop a greater understanding of the complex implications of ageing populations and workforces, and use this knowledge to create new frameworks and approaches to the issues, then you should apply.
The course is practical, theoretical, and scalable. It is designed for those looking for a sustainable career specialising in this fast growing sector. There is a focus on leadership and management skills. You will be looking at large-scale change and the big picture context along with discipline specific knowledge derived from research and practice. The course is particularly relevant to policy and planning professionals, entrepreneurs, managers, healthcare professionals, and those working with ageing populations and workforces.