Power and Abuse



*This credential is only available to current RMIT students

People in need of aged or disabled care are in an incredibly vulnerable position – and it’s distressingly common for them to have negative experiences with the system, ranging from feelings of loss of self-identity to experiences of neglect, abuse or aggression. If you’re seeking a career in care, it’s vital to have the skills to recognise and prevent those kinds of harmful situations – so that you can provide the best level of care possible.

This course gives you an understanding of the uneven power relationships that exist in the care industry, and how – in the wrong conditions – it can create the environment for abuse and neglect. You’ll learn strategies to prevent abusive situations forming, and how to advocate for people when you see abuse or neglect in action.

Power and Abuse was developed in partnership with VCOSS and FSSI.

How does it work ?

By completing a series of workplace scenarios and online activities the earner of this credential demonstrated an understanding of the difference kinds of abuse that can arise in care, and how the uneven power dynamic of a care relationship can create the conditions for abuse or neglect. They also showed an understanding of how to empower their clients, using a theoretical framework to create better care practice.

When can I do it ?