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					                  The Associate Degree in Dementia Care




                                                                                                          Application Information for the Associate Degree in Dementia Care
                           Instructions for Applicants

                                     Cover Sheet



 Please complete the 2012 Application for Admission, using these instructions as your guide. The
 Instructions for Applicants (totalling 9 pages) consists of the following documents:




   •     INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE 2012 APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
         (3 pages)


   •     INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE APPLICANT STATEMENT
         (1 page)


   •     INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM YOUR EMPLOYER
         Pages (2 pages)


   •     WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: QUESTIONS & ANSWERS (3 Pages)




Contact Details
If you have any questions about completing the 2012 Application for Admission for the Associate Degree
in Dementia Care, please contact Dr Alison Canty at the Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre at
the University of Tasmania by phone on 1800 982 600 or by email to wicking.enquires@utas.edu.au
                  The Associate Degree in Dementia Care

 Instructions for Completing the 2012 Application for Admission




                                                                                                      Application Information for the Associate Degree in Dementia Care
We encourage you to fill out the form online. It is quicker and easier.

You can fill in this form online by typing directly into the highlighted fields. However, we
require your signature so you must print it, sign it and send to UTAS.

The online form prompts you with details where required. If you print the form to complete
offline then follow the guidelines below to complete sections which may have multiple
answers.

Section A: Personal Details
If applicable, note your University of Tasmania Student ID Number. Complete the relevant contact
details, including any previous names (you must submit certified evidence of name change with
your application) and your emergency contact details.

Section B: Citizenship Details
What is your citizenship status?
   • Australian citizen
   • New Zealand citizen
       (You must attach a certified copy of your New Zealand passport, or New Zealand
       Citizenship Certificate to your application)
   • Australian Permanent Resident
       (You must attach a certified copy of your Visa and indicate the date of permanent status
       to your application)
   • Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder
       (You must attach a certified copy of your Visa and indicate the date of permanent status)

If you were born outside Australia, please enter the name of the country in which you were
born and the date (dd/mm/yy) you first arrived in Australia.

Do you speak a language other than English at home?
If yes, enter the name of the non-English language that is spoken most often.

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin indicate which one applies to you. If you
are of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin simply write 'BOTH'.
Section C: Disability Details
Students with a disability and/or a health condition may seek support from the University. If
you want to inform UTAS about a disability you have, and support you may require, please
answer the questions indicated.

Section D: Employer Information




                                                                                                    Application Information for the Associate Degree in Dementia Care
If you work in community services or aged and dementia care with an organisation that is a
member of ACSA (Tasmania or NSW) please provide the name of your employer and their ACSA
membership number if you know it. You MUST also attach a letter of support from your
employer. Please refer to the Instructions for the Letter of Support from your Employer in the
Instructions for Applicants information.

Section D – part 2: Applicant Statement
Please explain why you are interested in undertaking this course, what you hope to get out of
it, information about your employment experience and a description of an experience you
have had that involved a person with dementia. For further information, please refer to the
Instructions for Completing the Applicant Statement included in this Application Package.

Section D - part 3: Conditions of Application
To be eligible to be considered for admission you need to agree to the conditions of application.
Please read carefully and tick each statement to show you understand the conditions.

Section E: Secondary Educational Qualifications
Enter the details of:
   • Any secondary education by completing the year you studied, your School/College name
       and the state where you attended, and/or
   • Post-secondary education by writing in the year from/to, name of the institution that
       you attended, the title of your award, and your student number.

Section F: Education Level of Parents or Guardians
These questions are about the highest level of education completed by your parents or
guardians. The Australian Government Department of Employment, Education and Workplace
Relations require this information to be collected for statistical purposes.

You can indicate information for up to two parent/guardian(s).
Parent/Guardian - indicate whether male or female. Leave blank if there is no parent/guardian.

In the second box write in the highest level of education from the following list:
    • Postgraduate qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma, Master’s degree, PhD)
    • Bachelor degree
    • Other post-school qualification (e.g. Associate Degree, Diploma, Advanced
    • Diploma, completed apprenticeship, VET/TAFE Certificate)
    • Completed Year 12 schooling*
    • Completed Year 10 schooling*, continued at school, but didn’t complete Year 12 schooling*
    • Completed Year 10 schooling*
    • Didn’t complete Year 10 schooling*
    • Don’t know
* or equivalent
Section G: Student Declaration and Signature
You must read and sign the declaration before sending it to UTAS. Applications with unsigned
declarations cannot be processed.




                                                                                               Application Information for the Associate Degree in Dementia Care
Section H: Final Check
   • Completed all relevant questions on the application form?
   • Indicated your citizenship status?
   • Attached any documentation required (for example: Citizenship/Permanent Resident
       documents and Letter of Support from your Employer- if applicable)?
   • Signed and dated the declaration?


Your application cannot be processed if this information is not complete.


Important Note
We are not able to accept faxed, scanned or electronic applications.
The 2012 Application for Admission to the Associate Degree in Dementia must be posted to:

Dr Alison Canty
Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 143 Hobart Tasmania 7001


Contact
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Dr Canty by phone to
1800 982 600 or email wicking.enquiries@utas.edu.au
                 The Associate Degree in Dementia Care

        Instructions for Completing the Applicant Statement




                                                                                                           Application Information for the Associate Degree in Dementia Care
Background Information
Before you can be admitted to the Associate Degree in Dementia Care, your application will be assessed.
Not every applicant who applies for admission will be successful in gaining a place in the course.
Numbers of places in the course are limited, and will be far exceeded by the numbers of applicants who
apply, which makes gaining a place, a competitive process. The information you provide in your
application will be considered carefully and places will be offered to the most eligible applicants.
Providing an Applicant Statement allows you to tell the University a little about you and is part of the
assessment process.

Please feel welcome to write your statement in the space provided on the 2012 Application for
Admission or if the space is insufficient for you, please attach one additional A4 page only.

Guidelines for the content of the Applicant Statement
To give your statement a structure and focus, please ensure you provide information which covers the
four points listed below.

    1. Why you are interested in undertaking the Associate Degree in Dementia Care.
    2. What you hope to get out of the course.
    3. Information about your employment experience, particularly in the aged and dementia care
       field, but also about other employment experiences (both paid and voluntary) which may be
       relevant to your application for admission to the course.
    4. A description of an experience you have had that involved a person with dementia.


Contact details for questions
If you have any questions about the statement that is required, please contact Dr Alison Canty at the
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre on phone 1800 982 600 or by email to:
wicking.enquiries@utas.edu.au


Important Instructions
Please ensure your statement forms part of the application you post to UTAS. Please do not send your
statement as a separate document; it forms an essential part of your 2012 Application for Admission to
the Associate Degree in Dementia Care. Your application for admission to the course will not be able to
be processed if an incomplete application is received.
                 The Associate Degree in Dementia Care

   Instructions for the Letter of Support from your Employer




                                                                                                          Application Information for the Associate Degree in Dementia Care
Information for Applicants
If you work in community services or aged and dementia care for a member of ACSA(Aged &
Community Services Australia, Tasmania or NSW), and wish to have your course tuition fees (known
as the Higher Education Contribution Scheme [HECS] payments) waived, you must attach a letter of
support from your employer. This letter must be written by your employer on their formal Company
(business or organisation) letterhead which states their organisation name and ACSA membership
number. The document you provide to UTAS must be the original signed letter, and must confirm the
following:

     •     That you are currently working in a community or aged care service that is a member of
           ACSA (Tasmania or NSW).
      • That you are applying for admission to the Associate Degree in Dementia Care with the
           support of your work place.
      • That your employer agrees to support time-release from your work commitments for the
           equivalent of 5 hours per week for study and (typically) 3-5 days per semester for face-face
           study sessions.
A letter template is provided overleaf.

If you work in community services or aged and dementia care but your employer is not a Tasmanian
or NSW ACSA member you are still able to apply for a place on the Associate Degree in Dementia
Care. However, you will not be eligible for the HECS scholarship/waiver.

Information for Employers
Applicants who are offered a place in the Associate Degree in Dementia Care and who are employed by
a member of ACSA (Tasmania or NSW) are eligible to have the tuition fees associated with the course
waived. For this fee waiver to be approved, your staff member is required to provide a letter from you,
on your formal business letterhead, which includes or states your ACSA Membership Number. The letter
provided to UTAS must be the original signed document, and must be included with the 2012
Application for Admission. Please do not post the letter under separate cover as the letter forms an
essential part of your staff member’s application to UTAS. The letter must confirm that:
      • That your staff member is currently working in a community or aged care service that is a
          member of ACSA (Tasmania or NSW).
      • That he or she is applying for admission to the Associate Degree in Dementia Care with the
          support of your work place.
      • That your work place agrees to support time-release from your staff member’s work
          commitments for the equivalent of 5 hours per week for study and (typically) 3-5 days per
          semester for face-face study sessions.

Should you have any questions about this letter, please contact Dr Alison Canty at the Wicking Dementia
Research & Education Centre on phone 1800 982 600 or by email to wicking.enquiries@utas.edu.au

A letter template is provided overleaf.
Suggested Text for the Employer Letter of Support

To the attention of:




                                                                                                                 Application Information for the Associate Degree in Dementia Care
Dr Alison Canty
The Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
The University of Tasmania

Dear Dr Canty

Please accept this letter as confirmation that (insert the name of your staff member who is applying to
undertake the Associate Degree in Dementia Care at UTAS) currently works with this Organisation
which is a current member of the Aged and Community Services Association of(Tasmania or NSW).Our
ACSA membership number is (please insert your ACSA membership number)

Please be advised that (insert the name of your staff member) is applying for admission to the Associate
Degree in Dementia Care with the support of this Organisation, and that I hereby confirm that the
Organisation agrees to support time-release from his/her work commitments for the equivalent of 5
hours per week for study and (typically) 3-5 days per semester for face-to face study sessions.

Should you require further information from me, please contact me by phone on (please insert your
telephone number) or by email to (please insert your email address).

Yours sincerely


(Please sign and date)


Note
Please do not send this letter to UTAS. Your staff member must attach the original signed letter to their
Application for Admission to UTAS. The mailing address for the application package is given on the
application form.

Contacts
If you have any questions about this letter, please contact Dr Alison Canty at the Wicking Dementia Research &
Education Centre on phone 1800 982 600 or by email to wicking.enquiries@utas.edu.au
                 The Associate Degree in Dementia Care

              What Happens Next: Questions & Answers




                                                                                                               Application Information for the Associate Degree in Dementia Care
Background Information for Applicants
Before being able to commence a course of study at UTAS, you must apply to the University using the
2012 Application for Admission document. Unfortunately, not every applicant who applies for
admission to the Associate Degree in Dementia Care will be successful in gaining a place in the course.
Numbers of places in the course are limited and will be far exceeded by the number of applicants who
apply. This makes gaining a place in the course highly competitive. The information you provide in your
application will be considered and assessed carefully, and places will be offered to the most eligible
applicants.


How do I apply for admission to the Associate Degree in Dementia Care?
Please complete the 2012 Application for Admission Form which you can download from the Wicking
Dementia Research &Education Centre website at http://www.utas.edu.au/wicking/dementia-care

We encourage you to fill out the form online; it is quicker and easier. If you prefer to print the form and
complete it by hand, you are most welcome to do so.

If you need any assistance to complete the form, please contact the Wicking Dementia Research &
Education Centre on 1800 982 600.

Once you have completed the 2012 Application for Admission Form, either online or by hand, please
print a copy and post it, together with any supporting documentation to:

Dr Alison Canty
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
The University of Tasmania
Private Bag 143
Hobart Tasmania 7001

Please ensure you post a complete application. Please do not send supporting documents such as your
Applicant Statement, certified copies of your Passport, Citizenship or Visa documents, or your Employer
Letter of Support separately, or at a later time. Your application must be complete at the time it is
posted to the University of Tasmania. We are unable to accept a faxed, scanned or electronic copy of
your application form or supporting documents.

What documents do I send with my application?
The 2012 Application for Admission must be fully completed before you post it to us. If you need extra space
to write your Applicant Statement, please attach one single A4 page to the back of your application. If you
currently work in the community service or aged and dementia care field with an organisation which is a
member of ACSA (Aged & Community Services Australia Tasmania or NSW) and wish to have your study tuition
fees waived, you must provide an original signed letter of support from your Employer.
In addition, you may be asked to provide evidence of your Citizenship: a certified copy of your passport,
Visa or Citizenship Certificate. If you choose to provide academic transcripts from previous study you
have undertaken, those documents must be certified and provided at the time you post your 2012




                                                                                                                 Application Information for the Associate Degree in Dementia Care
Application for Admission. Your application for admission needs to be a complete package at the time
it is posted. Please do not send supporting documents separately or after you have posted your 2012
Application for Admission.


Can I apply for admission to the Associate Degree in Dementia Care if I work for an ACSA member in a
State or Territory other than Tasmania or NSW?
Yes. You are most welcome to apply for admission to this course. Only applicants who work for an ACSA
Tasmania or NSW member are eligible to apply to have their Higher Education Contribution Scheme
(HECS) payments waived. Applicants who work for an ACSA member in another State or Territory and
who are successful in gaining admission to the course will not be eligible to apply to have their HECS
payments waived.


Can I apply for admission to the Associate Degree in Dementia Care if I do not work in community
service or aged and dementia care?
Yes. You are most welcome to apply for admission to this course. Only applicants who work for an ACSA
Tasmania or NSW member are eligible to apply to have their Higher Education Contribution (HECS)
payments waived. Other applicants who gain admission to the course will be responsible for their HECS
payments.


How will I know if my application has been received?
All applicants will receive advice by email to confirm that their application has been received. Please
allow at least 10 working days from the day you post your application and supporting documentation to
us, to receive an acknowledgement that it has been received at UTAS. If you have any questions or
concerns about whether or not we have received your 2012 Application for Admission, please contact
wicking.enquiries@utas.edu.au or phone 1800 982 600.


How will I know if my application is successful and if I have received an offer in the Associate Degree
in Dementia Care?
Offers will be made progressively from early September 2012. A formal Letter of Offer will be posted to
you. You will have 3 weeks from the date of issue of the Letter of Offer to either accept a place in the
course, or to decline. If you do not accept by the Offer expiry date (which will be stated in the Letter of
Offer), the Offer will lapse and your place in the course will be offered to the next most eligible applicant.
Information will be enclosed with the Offer letter to explain how to accept.


How do I accept an Offer?
Advice will be given in the Letter of Offer about the acceptance process. From the date of issue of the
Letter of Offer you will have 3 weeks in which to either accept or decline. If you do not respond to UTAS
before the Offer expiry date, the Offer will lapse and the place in the course will be offered to the next
most eligible applicant.
How do I decline an Offer?
You are welcome to email wicking.enquiries@utas.edu.au or phone the Wicking Dementia Research &
Education Centre on 1800 982 600, to let them know you will not be accepting the Offer that has been
made.




                                                                                                                 Application Information for the Associate Degree in Dementia Care
Can I defer the place I have been offered to another year?
No. Deferrals are not available to students in this course. If you are unable to accept the Offer that has
been made, you are most welcome to re-apply to UTAS on a future occasion.

What happens if my application is not successful? Will someone contact me?
All applicants will be advised about the outcome of their application before the start of the course on 29
October 2012. Offers will be made progressively from early September through to 22 October 2012. If
you haven’t received an offer in September or into October, please do not worry. Unless you have been
advised that your application is not successful, your application will be held open and active until the
course is fully subscribed. We will give each eligible applicant every opportunity to commence in the
course they have applied for. If we are unable to offer you a place in the Associate Degree in Dementia
Care in 2012, you will be contacted by the Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre. If you don’t
receive a place in the course this year, you will be most welcome to apply for admission in a future year.
Gaining a place in the Associate Degree in Dementia Care is through a competitive process. The number
of places available to offer to applicants will be far exceeded by the number of applicants who apply, so
unfortunately not every applicant will gain a place in the course in 2012.

How do I choose the units (subjects) I will study?
If you are offered a place in the Associate Degree in Dementia Care, information about the units you will
study will be included with the Letter of Offer that will be posted to you. Instructions will also be provided
about how to enrol in these units. Please contact wicking.enquiries@utas.edu.au or phone 1800 982 600 if
you have questions about your program of study.

How do I check the timetable?
If you are offered a place in the Associate Degree in Dementia Care information about classes, face- to-
face and on-line, will be included with the Letter of Offer that will be posted to you. If you have
questions about your program of study please contact wicking.enquiries@utas.edu.au or phone 1800
982 600.

Do I have to attend an Orientation program?
If you are offered a place in the Associate Degree in Dementia Care, information about Orientation will
be included with the Letter of Offer that will be posted to you. If you have questions about Orientation
please contact wicking.enquiries@utas.edu.au or phone 1800 982 600.

What costs are associated with undertaking the Associate Degree in Dementia Care?
Apart from the course tuition fees, known as the Higher Education Contribution Scheme payments or
HECS, each student is required to pay a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) from
2012. For 2012, the fee for part-time students will be $65.75. Students will be sent an invoice for the fee
once they are enrolled in their units of study. An invoice will be sent each subsequent year a student is
enrolled in the course. For further information about the Student Services and Amenities Fee, please
consult the Australian Government’s www.goingtouni.gov.au website. In addition, students will be
responsible for the cost of stationery needed to undertake their studies.

				
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