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Graduate Diploma in Ageing, Wellbeing and Sustainability

Approved Abbreviation: GDAgeWellSust

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4782.1

AQF Level: 8

The Graduate Diploma in Ageing, Wellbeing and Sustainability offers practitioners and professionals, who are currently involved in the planning and provision of services to aged communities, an opportunity to take a role in transforming a society that recognises older people as active contributors for the betterment of themselves and their communities.

With the aim to facilitate a sustainable milieu for individuals to age successfully, this program adopts a strength-based approach in addressing real-life challenges related to health and wellbeing, housing, transportation, use of technology, civic participation, cultural diversity and social inclusion.

This online program also provides an entry point to the Master of Ageing, Wellbeing and Sustainability for those who wish to further pursue their professional development in the ageing sector.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (AQF Level 7 or equivalent), in any discipline. Additionally, applicants must also have at least a Graduate Certificate related to Ageing, Health Sciences, Nursing, Social Sciences, Built Environment or Urban and Geography Studies.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended sequence

Start year


401417Ageing in Place: Wellbeing and Sustainability
400241Supporting Aged Communities
400837Health and Socio-political Issues in Aged Care
401082Cultural and Social Diversity in Health Care


401418Optimising Contribution of Older People
400414Leadership and Change

And two electives

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