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.
This topic aims 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.