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Assessment of the Older Person
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This unit of study takes a case study approach to clinical assessment to promote a better understanding of the ageing process, theories of ageing and changes in physiology. It is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge that will be needed to effectively assess older people. This unit of study includes methods of clinical assessment for older people, evaluation of a variety of assessment tools and the interpretation and integration of assessment findings relevant to care. This unit of study encourages the student to look at the older person in their clinical setting by critically examining their practice and the assessment tools they currently use, reflecting on their current knowledge and skills related to the assessment of older people, and referring to current literature and best practice models to critically evaluate current clinical practice.

Assessment of the Older Person
Unit of study code 054
Availability Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite This unit has no pre-requisites and is suitable for ENs
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 2
Prescribed text Meiner, S. E., & Yeager, J. J. (Eds.). (c2019). Gerontologic nursing (6th ed.). Mosby Elsevier. 9780323498111
Co-ordinated by Diva Madan
Content Intended learning outcomes for this unit/program


After completing this unit, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


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When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Introduction to clinical assessment a) examine ageing theories, processes, and pathology in the interpretation of clinical assessment findings of the older person Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 8
Theme 2: Assessment of the older person in an acute setting b) critically reflect on validated assessment tools used in the comprehensive assessment of the older person in your area of practice Assessment 2: Essay 40% 6
Theme 3: Assessment of the older person in post-acute rehabilitation c) integrate holistic assessment outcomes into evidence-based individualised care plans for the older person Assessment 3: Case analysis 50% 10
Theme 4: Assessment of the older person in the community
Theme 5: Assessment of the older person in residential aged care

Assessment of the Older Person (054) is a Tier 2 unit.

Tiers2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,133.00$2,370.00$2,196.00$2,440.00
Tier 2$2,434.50$2,705.00$2,506.50$2,785.00
Tier 3$2,862.00$3,180.00$2,947.50$3,275.00
Tier 4$3,420.00$3,800.00$3,523.50$3,915.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.