Course Title: Support people with disabilities who are ageing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: HWSS5608C

Course Title: Support people with disabilities who are ageing

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C4329 - Certificate IV in Disability

Course Contact : Anthony Graham

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4411

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Renee Costa, Program Coordinator, +61 99250886

Mary Collins, Program Teacher, +61 3 99254598

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not Applicable

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required to support a person with a disability who is ageing. The unit covers identifying current and future needs, supporting the rights and interests of the person, independent thinking and action and understanding and supporting a person with a disability who has dementia.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCDIS313A Support people with disabilities who are ageing


1. Assist people with disabilities who are ageing to identify their current and future needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify, discuss and implement appropriate strategies to meet the current and future needs of people with disabilities who are ageing
1.2 Uphold the dignity, privacy and personal choice of people with disabilities who are ageing in relation to needs, within organisation constraints
1.3 Assist people with disabilities to evaluate and select strategies to meet their current and future requirements and achieve their goals
1.4 Encourage significant others to participate in the identification and evaluation of strategies where appropriate


2. Support the interests and needs of people with disabilities who are ageing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify information and skills required by people with disabilities to meet their future requirements
2.2 Provide or develop opportunities to obtain information and develop skills
2.3 Provide individual and group support to promote physical, psychological and social independence in accordance with resources and organisation policies and procedures


3. Encourage and support people with disabilities who are ageing to exercise independent action and thinking

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Describe opportunities for people with disabilities who are ageing to enhance their independence, discuss with them and/or their significant others and justify choices
3.2 Encourage, listen to and act upon decisions and opinions of people with disabilities who are ageing, within the constraints of organisation policies and procedures
3.3 Support participation of people with disabilities in appropriate community settings and forums, with information and training if required
3.4 Develop strategies to promote independence, taking into account individual differences
3.5 Document information within organisation procedures/guidelines and report to appropriate co-workers


4. Support the interests, rights and needs of people with disabilities with pervasive age related changes, including people with dementia

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Respond appropriately to physical, psychological and social changes in people with disabilities who are ageing and report uncharacteristic behaviours that may be the affect of progressive/pervasive conditions
4.2 Monitor and record signs of dementia and other progressive conditions that may have an adverse effect on the health of people with disabilities who are ageing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In this unit you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the range of support needs, family patterns and structures and the impacts of disability as the individual is ageing.  Class sessions will include human development, emotional and psycological development and life cycles.  Challenges across the life cycle of the family will be explored with consideration of issues for people from diverse backgrounds, people from regional, rural and remote areas and links with the Aged Care sector.  There will be individual and group activities during classes, field visits and guest speakers. 

Teaching Schedule

1Introduction to the unit
2Legislative and policy frameworks, funding streams
3Human Development - physical, emotional, communication, psychological
4Human development (continued)
5Legislative and policy frameworks
6Guest Speaker - (date tbc), the school years
7Field visit - Council for the Ageing (tbc)
8Respite services and needs in the sector, sibling programs
9Guest Speaker (tbc) - from agency supporting people with disabilities who are ageing
10Regional, rural and remote communities - particular issues
11Ageing in Australia - the aged care system, assessment and service delivery modes
12Overview of Dementia - the condition, support services and strategies
13Staff roles in supporting families and carers
14In-class Task 3 - Group response to a scenario

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

During sessions you will be directed to government and non-government and industry sources of information such as the Department of Human Services (DHS) website which includes current legislative and policy documents relevant to particular topics.  Advocacy and support organisations in the community who also provide support including Dementia Victoria, the Association for Children with a Disability and Office of the Public Advocate will be highlighted.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include a number of assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks

There are four assessment tasks for this unit:

  1. Short answer questions:  based on theories and underlying philosophies, values and principles in family support work, aged care and direct service
  2. WIL placement reflection - issues and supports for families and carers 
  3. In-class: Group response to a scenario based on the needs of a person with a lifelong disability who is ageing and who lives in a rural community.

Assessment Matrix

A detailed matrix will be available from the teacher

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission  Processes - hard copy or electronic submission 

Students must follow directions for hard copy or electronic submission given to them at the commencement of the program.  You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops and classes in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
You will receive verbal and written feedback from your teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7
Student progress
Monitoring student progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student Progress policy can be found at:;IDvj2g89cve4uj1
Special Consideration Policy
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment buy the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity website:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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