New degree to nurture community health leaders

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New degree to nurture community health leaders

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Published on 27 October 2014

A new USC degree for 2015 aims to provide graduates for the largest and fastest-growing industry in Queensland – health and community services.

Program Coordinator and Lecturer in Nursing Sam Edwards said the USC Bachelor of Health and Community Care Management would prepare students for leadership roles in the sector.

“The program is about managing services in the health and community care sector,” Ms Edwards said. “This environment is changing as the population ages and the focus on care within the home and community expands.

“Services providing practical and social support for people within communities are increasingly important. Services are also needed for the families of people with complex health care conditions being cared for in the community.

“Career opportunities exist as lifestyle and leisure coordinators, case managers, care coordinators, aged and retirement care managers, staff development officers, quality assurance officers and human resource officers.

She said the degree would include work placements in the third year, and could also provide a pathway for people with TAFE qualifications in the relevant areas.

USC will introduce 18 new undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in 2015.

— Julie Schomberg

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