Graduate Diplomas and Master’s in Gerontology were available as online, remote learning even back then – and what a great way it was for me to spend evenings instead of watching movies, television or reading magazines (which in down times I of course enjoyed).
From 1993-2010, I studied, read the articles I was given, went to the university library at lunchtime and completed a Graduate Diploma, Master in Health Science and PhD studying and writing about the role of the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.
I studied whilst I worked full-time in my own aged care consultant / Commonwealth appointed Nurse Advisor roles (and those 24-hour day shifts with staff were only possible with a helpful partner). Featured Text
People have asked me why? I am no different than any, maybe a bit crazier, definitely a career nerd, and maybe unusual as I am not interested in social media, but have to be.
We have our higher spiritual beliefs, or our fundamental beliefs that during this life we have little time to help make the world a better place for our children/friends/community. And that is what I have found study provided me.
I was very lucky to have strong, hard working, ethical parents. I know how lucky my life has been, but I needed to study to be really useful.
Now they live in residential aged care being supported by kind people, who my father – one of the first male registered nurses in Australia – says may not know everything, but their best attribute is they are thoughtful and kind. I want them to also be expert in gerontology though.
Online you can find Certificate courses, Master Degrees, Diplomas and many other programs related to the topic of Gerontology or Aged care.
Charles Sturt University, University of Southern Queensland, University of Wollongong, Flinders University, University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland and more.
But the sector needs funders to support our staff to undertake these courses. My courses were free – higher education for my friends was provided free. This generation of students have to pay for what we received for free.
What a contradiction when we have Royal Commissions highlighting our sector’s needs, regulatory requirements and quality needs to support our older generation with respect, knowledge and relevance.
My children may say I wasn’t there for every occasion whilst I had to work full-time, but they now understand the value of knowledge, passion and commitment to do good – with knowledge – with commitment.