In a first for Australia, ASCOT training courses are being made available through the Arts Health Institute as a part of developing an Australian arm to the international ASCOT network.



ASCOT is an internationally recognised instrument designed to measure the aspects of an individual's quality of life that can be affected by social care. We call this ‘social care related quality of life’ (SCRQoL). Developed in the UK over a decade ago, the toolkit can be used across a wide range of service user groups and social care support settings, including residential and community care.

Put simply it tells us how well individuals are faring in eight areas of quality of life: control over daily life; personal cleanliness and comfort; food and drink; personal safety; social participation and involvement; occupation; accommodation cleanliness and comfort; and dignity – and it does so in a way that reflects what people say about what makes the most difference to their quality of life. This information is useful for understanding which aspects of social care have the greatest potential to improve people's lives. The most recent analysis shows that control over daily lives is most important to both service users and the general public.

This holds significant meaning and opportunities for aged care providers in Australia striving to implement a greater quality of living focus, meet accreditation standards, move towards Consumer Directed Care and become a stand out service provider of choice.

Australia’s Federal Department of Health trialled one of the ASCOT tools as part of their national quality indicators pilot project to measure the consumers experience and quality of life in the Australian aged care environment.

Originally ASCOT was designed for research, it is now widely used by local authorities and service providers as a valuable tool to direct overall quality of care and care practice as well as measuring the tangible impact of social care-related quality of life initiatives and track improvements over time.

Bespoke training for aged care companies can be provided, call the office to learn more. 



One day “Introduction to ASCOT”

The aim of this one-day interactive course is to provide people who are interested in using ASCOT with an understanding of both the conceptual basis of the measure and the different ways ASCOT can be used in research and evaluation. The course covers the following elements:

  • Introduction to ASCOT
  • Measuring outcomes using ASCOT
  • Versions of ASCOT
  • Self-completion (SCT4 and ER)
  • Face to face interview (INT4)
  • Mixed methods (CH3)
  • ASCOT carer measures (Carer SCT4 and Carer INT4)
  • Scoring and interpreting ASCOT
  • Using ASCOT

Small group sizes.

 (You will need to agree to the Terms & Conditions noted below)



Two or three day “Specific ASCOT mixed methods (CH3) for residential aged care”

This is a two-day course with an optional third day os practice sessions, which aims to equip people with the skills and confidence necessary to use the ASCOT CH3 tool in residential aged care facilities. There is an optional third day of practice sessions consolidates the learning (your course certificate will note the specific level of attainment). The course covers the following elements:

  • Introduction to the concepts used in ASCOT
  • The ASCOT domains and levels
  • Observing in care homes
  • Using the ASCOT observational tool
  • Using the ASCOT interview schedules in a care home
  • Making ASCOT ratings
  • Turning ratings into scores

Course fees: $950 per person ex GST for two days OR $1400 per person ex GST for three days (the third day is a practice session putting into practice the scoring and consolidates the learning and will need to be organised privately).

Small group sizes.

}); (You will need to agree to the Terms & Conditions noted below)


Cancellations less than 14 days prior to each event are not refundable. However another person may be nominated to attend in place of the registrant.  Any cancellations more than 14 days prior to each event will be charged a 10% cancellation fee.

Course participants may only use the ASCOT tools within a research project or for aged care providers’ use within their own organisation. Strict terms apply, and can only be used for non-commercial use only.

Payment must be made in full before course confirmation applies.

All people completing the courses will be automatically included in the Australian ASCOT users network and their details will be registered with the University of Kent, UK.
Participants must agree to sign the ASCOT end-user agreement terms and conditions.

Sydney ASCOT courses are proudly co-sponsored by Western Sydney University, the MARCS Institute and Translational Health Research Institute

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