4 x 3-hour online tutorials per study period
4 x 3-hour online exercises per study period
1 x 12-hour independent study per week
Assignment(s), Tutorial participation
Topic description
With the rise of chronic disease and technology enhancing rapid diagnostic and treatment accuracy, complexity in health as one ages, is also increasing. Restorative care aims to reverse or slow down functional decline as a consequence of ageing or disability. This topic will explore principles associated with frailty and rehabilitation, and how older adults’ function, independence and quality of life can be maximised. The complementary intersect of restorative care and primary care in the management of chronic disease will be discussed, the concepts of frailty and pre-frailty explored, and the elements of a valuable restorative care program reviewed.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to encourage students to identify health care principles and practice which maximise function, independence and quality of life for older adults. Students will develop an understanding of the principles, benefits of, and current opportunities for, restorative care in the Australian health system, identify areas for growth, and understand how they can be applied within a local context.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of frailty and its implications in maintaining or restoring function

  2. Examine the features of a valuable restorative care program and illustrate how they can be applied within a healthcare context

  3. Explore and discuss the impact of chronic disease on the rehabilitative care and potential of older adults

  4. Critically appraise and synthesise recent research in regards to the development and implementation of a restorative care program.