New Charles Sturt courses meet industry and community needs

27 JUNE 2019

New Charles Sturt courses meet industry and community needs

In 2020 Charles Sturt University will deliver two new innovative courses which were developed through industry and community participation with the aim of achieving positive and sustainable community outcomes.

  • New courses provide an innovative and flexible approach to community leadership and case management education
  • Courses developed to be relevant, accessible, flexible and affordable
  • Campus communities and industry representatives can see that their involvement achieves outcomes

In 2020 Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) will deliver two new innovative courses which were developed through industry and community participation with the aim of achieving positive and sustainable community outcomes.

The new Graduate Certificate in Case Management and Coordinated Care, and the Graduate Certificate in Community Leadership and Resilience will be launched in six Charles Sturt campus communities from Monday 1 to Thursday 4 July.

Both courses have been co-created with Charles Sturt campus community representatives, as well as local and state level industry representatives, and will provide an innovative and flexible approach to education in each discipline area.

Associate Professor Jenny Kent, the Acting Associate Dean, Academic, in the Charles Sturt Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, said both courses were developed through industry and community participation in Charles Sturt Community Resilience and Recovery Co-creation Workshops, and Future of Health and Human Services workshops, held in late 2018.

“We wouldn’t have these two amazing new courses without the support and commitment of our community representatives.

“We are so grateful that people from our communities and relevant industries were so willing to share their time, knowledge and passion to help us gain valuable insights and help determine the direction we could take in developing our course offerings,” Professor Kent said.

Professor Kent explained that the new courses were developed through continuing consultation and testing of product concepts with industry and community representatives and, combined with market research, resulted in the two products that are ready to be launched.

About the Graduate Certificate in Community Leadership and Resilience Professor Kent said, “We’ve developed community leadership education that’s been driven by our communities’ needs, is relevant, accessible, flexible and affordable.

“What came back strongly in the workshops was that we need connected, capable leaders with a strong understanding of communities and a passion for building resilience.

“We knew we couldn’t deliver was what needed in a traditional delivery model, so we’re doing something different.

 “We’ve developed a suite of micro-subjects that can be taken as one-off professional development units, or can be gradually stacked together to build towards a full graduate certificate qualification.”

Professor Kent explained that the Graduate Certificate in Case Management and Coordinated Care is about developing case management professionals who have an understanding of the diverse sectors that case management skills are utilised in, including disability services, aged care, criminal justice and professional health and allied health.

“We want to deliver education that meets the needs of these changing sectors and can help organisations and staff enhance their knowledge capacity and qualifications, and create opportunities for people to take their career to the next level.

“We want to support people to further their learning in areas that contribute so much to our communities, and often are supporting our most vulnerable community members.

“Importantly, we want to ensure our Charles Sturt University campus communities can see the involvement and impact they can have by working with us to achieve those outcomes,” Professor Kent said.

Launch events for the courses:

Monday 1 July – A breakfast launch at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie, Major Innes Road, 7am for 7.30am start. Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/csu-co-created-courses-launch-tickets-63368925161

Tuesday 2 July – A breakfast launch at The Mercure, 1-15 Morgan Street in Wagga Wagga from 7am. Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/csu-co-created-courses-launch-tickets-63414708099, and

An evening launch at the Hovell Tree Inn at 614 Hovell Street in Albury from 5.30pm. Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/csu-co-created-courses-launch-tickets-63415318926

Wednesday 3 July – An evening launch at Orange Ex-services Club at 231-243 Anson Street in Orange, from 5.30pm. Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/csu-co-created-courses-launch-tickets-63415522535

Thursday 4 July – A morning launch at the Dubbo Quality Inn at 165 Whylandra Street in Dubbo, from 10am. Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/csu-co-created-courses-launch-tickets-49681735408, and

An evening launch at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) William Street in Bathurst, from 5.30pm. Please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/csu-co-created-courses-launch-tickets-63415384121


Media contact:

Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362


Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Associate Professor Jenny Kent, contact Bruce Andrews at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0418 669 362 or via news@csu.edu.au

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