Course Title: Support people with disabilities who are ageing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: HWSS5574C

Course Title: Support people with disabilities who are ageing

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City 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 3 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 focus on issues for people with disabilities who are ageing.  Through classroom presentations, discussions and use of internet sites such as the National Disability Insurance Agency, we will explore the changes brought by normal human development and ageing and identify how this interacts with and impacts on the pre-existing disability. The aged care system in Australia, home based services and supports and the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be discussed.  

Teaching Schedule

week Topics
1 Introduction to the unit, defintions and lthe language of the field
2 Lifecycle for clients and families and carers in service access and needs
3 Human development  across the life span - physical, emotional, communication
4 Human development   (cont), emerging health and independence issues
5 legislative and policy frameworks in disability and aged care
6 Field visits (to be confirmed) to service agencies
7 Person centred and family centred services, stress points
8 Respite services in the disability and aged care sectors, family and sibling support programs   
9 Funding streams - pensions, benefits and allowances, the NDIS
10 Services and service needs  in regional, rural and remote communities
11 Ageing in Australia - how the system works in practice and changes in home and community care in 2015
12  Seminar on Dementia and Brain Plasticity,  Dementia Victoria
13  Staff roles and boundaries in supporting clients and families
14  Maintaining independence - Assessment Task 4 (in-class), a group response to a scenario looking at changing client and family needs in a rural community.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

During sessions you will be directed to government, non-government and industry sources of information including the federal Department of Social Services, state Department of Human Services (DHS).  Websites of agencies providing direct services to families and clients are a source of current information and examples of support provision and work practices.   

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 theoriesin family support work, aged care and direct service. 
  2. Field placement observations and report: you will select a client who is ageing or whose family/carers are ageing and consider how their needs, suppports and services will need to change over the next five years.
  3. Field visit and report:  you will visit a disability agency service (other than the field placement agency) to identify how the agency responds to the changing needs of clients who are ageing.
  4. In-class: Working in small groups students will  responsd to a scenario based on the needs of a person with  lifelong disability who is ageing living in a rural community. 

Assessment Matrix

 A detailed assessment matrix will be available from the unit teacher.

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
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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