2 x 1-hour lectures per semester
5 x 1-hour tutorials per semester
1 x 9-hour independent study weekly
5 x 2.5-hour on-line exercises per semester
5 x 1-hour on-line tutorials per semester
1 Admission into MAG-Master of Applied Gerontology
1a Admission into GCPCAC-Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care in Aged Care
1b Admission into MPCAC-Master of Palliative Care in Aged Care
1c Admission into GCDCL-Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care and Leadership
1d Admission into GCOACW-Graduate Certificate in Older Adult Care and Wellbeing
1e Admission into MNG-Master of Nursing - 2 years
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e))
Enrolment not permitted
AGES8002 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Familiarity in the use of literature and accessing relevant data bases including OVID Medline, CINAHL, PubMed and any others appropriate to the area of study.
Course context
Topic only available to postgraduate students
Assignment(s); Online tutorial participation
Topic description
This topic focuses on an understanding of the process and impact of ageing across a variety of care settings. The impact of changes to physical and physiological domains of ageing people will be introduced through the review of:
  • common patterns of ageing and illness trajectories

  • critical clinical issues in the health of older people

  • the integral role of individual patient centred assessment

  • key partnerships with members of the multidisciplinary team.

Educational aims
This topic presents an introduction to the process and impact of ageing across the breadth of physical and physiological domains and in the context of the varied settings in which ageing people reside and receive health care. The importance of comprehensive patient centred assessment and examples of commonly used standardized assessment instruments will be presented.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic the student will be able to:

  • Outline the key theoretical approaches in biological ageing

  • Describe how ageing affects the human body

  • Distinguish pathological ageing from the typical human ageing process

  • Recognise the impact of ageing on symptom presentation

  • Demonstrate an understanding of person centred assessment for older people

  • Identify tools suitable for assessing older people

  • Develop reflective arguments on multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to assessment and treatment for older people

  • Apply clinical decision-making principles to support healthy ageing.