Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course will provide an overview of policy trends and practice issues in the field of disability and aged care services, with a focus on material relevant to roles undertaken by human service staff with a social science and community welfare background. It will highlight developments in policy and practice philosophy in these two fields, at a time of rapid growth in disability and aged care services and employment opportunities. The course will emphasise high care disability services and services oriented to the frail aged


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2021.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify key shifts in the conceptual understanding, sociology, demographics and politics of disability and ageing

2. Evaluate key policy and funding trends in the disability and aged care sectors and their implications for practice

3. Identify and analyse key skills and challenges relevant to working in disability and aged care services

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between policy and practice in a disability or aged care setting

5. Appraise methods of practice in the disability field for their effects on professionals and service users


A. Disability

  • Understanding disability
  • Services for people with disabilities
  • Policy trends in services and their implications for practice
  • Working within the disability sector
  • Specific practice issues in working with people with disabilities

B. Aged Care

  • Understanding ageing – gerontology
  • Institutional services for the frail aged
  • At-home and community-based services for the frail aged – the shift from nursing homes
  • Specific practice issues in working with the frail aged in non-institutional settings

Assumed knowledge

40 units at 1000 level

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Minor essay - formative - 20%

Project: Field work report - 40%

Written Assignment: Major essay, policy or literature analysis 40%

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.