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Clinical assessment of the older person

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This short course is for any nurse who is involved in the care of the older people in the acute care, rehabilitation or residential aged care settings. The short course aims to improve nurses’ knowledge in the clinical assessment process of an older person and refine documentation skills required to positively influence health outcomes.

Dates and locations

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

If you would like to tell us which courses you would like to see in your area, please click here to complete a short survey.



RN member      $187.50RN non-member      $219.50  
EN member      $153.50EN non-member      $186.00


Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • identify normal changes in ageing and differentiate these from pathological processes
  • provide a holistic approach to assessing older people
  • use assessment tools to provide objective data
  • effectively document relevant assessment findings with an understanding of the legal, ethical and professional ramifications
  • recognise the special psychosocial needs of the elderly and strategies that can be used to help give person-centred care.

Program outline


Registration and introduction


Geriatric assessment

  • components of assessment
  • body system changes
  • assessment tools


Morning tea break


Cognitive assessment

  • confusion in the older person
  • differentiating between depression, delirium and dementia
  • assessment tools


Lunch break


Nutrition, metabolism and elimination


Assessment of common problems in the older person

  • incontinence
  • mobility
  • functional assessment
  • pain 


Afternoon tea break


Psychosocial assessment



  • communication of assessment of findings and ethical, legal and professional ramifications


Evaluation and finish