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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. The unit aims to equip the student with the skills and knowledge needed to assess older people holistically.

This unit of study includes methods of clinical assessment for older people, evaluation of various assessment tools, effective communication 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 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 contemporary literature and best practice models to evaluate existing clinical practice critically.

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

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing
*The single unit of study would not be offered as part of the Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing from January 2023 onwards

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)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Comprehensive assessment of the older person a) evaluate the principles of comprehensive nursing assessments underpinning a holistic care approach to older people’s care Assessment 1a: Online discussion – comprehensive geriatric assessment

Assessment 1b: Online discussion – role of the older person and their support network





Theme 2: Assessment of the older person in an acute setting b) critically analyse ageing theories, processes, and pathology in the interpretation of clinical assessment findings of the older person Assessment 2: Essay – ageing and assessment 45% 6
Theme 3: Assessment of the older person in post-acute rehabilitation c) critically reflect on validated assessment tools used in the comprehensive assessment of the older person in your area of practice Assessment 3: Analysis of care 45% 10
Theme 4: Assessment of the older person in the community d) integrate holistic assessment outcomes into evidence-based, individualised care plans for the older person
Theme 5: Assessment of the older person in residential aged care home

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

Tiers2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price2024 Member price (10% discount)2024 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,196.00$2,440.00$2,310.00$2,565.00
Tier 2$2,506.50$2,785.00$2,630.00$2,925.00
Tier 3$2,947.50$3,275.00$3,095.00$3,440.00
Tier 4$3,523.50$3,915.00$3,700.00$4,110.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.