1 x 11-hour independent study weekly
1 x 2-hour on-line exercises weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line tutorial weekly
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 Admission into BHA-Bachelor of Healthy Ageing
2 ^ AGES1001 - Foundation Skills in Ageing Studies
3 Admission into other Bachelor degrees
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2) or (3))
Assignment(s); Oral; Tests; Tutorial Participation and Presentation.
Topic description
This topic addresses the study of the ageing experience of Australian communities from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Students will examine the significance of ethnicity in relation to ageing and how language and culture can influence policy and practice.

This course provides students with knowledge and skills to analyse the demographic composition of CALD communities in Australia as well as the effects that migration has on the ageing experience of these groups.

Students will explore a broad range of factors contributing to individual and community behaviours including how within CALD communities, values, behaviour and beliefs can vary. The role of language and cross-cultural communication, family and communities dynamics and general attitudes to health will also be explored.

The analysis of case studies will enable students to focus on an in-depth examination of cultural approaches to develop practical strategies to assist ageing CALD communities and their carers.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to provide students with opportunities to understand the significance of ethnicity in relation to ageing and be aware of the role of language and cultural competence in meeting the needs of older CALD populations in order to deliver more responsive care.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be expected to be able to:

  • identify and analyse the demographic trends and current compositions of CALD populations in Australia

  • critically analyse the research and key factors that shape the aged care systems and policies of CALD communities, including consumer directed care

  • analyse current challenges in community and residential aged care settings for older people of a CALD background

  • examine and explain the role of language and culture and their impact on the ageing experience of older CALD populations.

  • understand the core course concepts (e.g. healthy ageing for CALD communities, ageing stereotyping and their implications for professional practice)

  • identify contemporary resources and recommend key factors to create a culturally responsive approach to the ageing experience of older people from a CALD background.