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Clinical Issues in Care of the Older Person
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This unit of study is designed to allow students to explore, consolidate and apply clinical knowledge of acute and chronic disorders that affect older people. Common disorders are grouped into a ‘syndromes’ approach referred to as the five ‘I’s: instability, immobility, incontinence, iatrogenesis and impaired cognition and sensory input, in recognition that they cannot be satisfactorily attributed to a condition or body system impairment. Other areas explored include cancer, cardiovascular disease, infections, diabetes and chronic obstructive airways disease. Palliative care is discussed from the perspective of symptom control and the psychosocial aspects of care. In order to meet the needs of older people in acute and residential care, alternative health care delivery models are presented in an attempt to challenge the traditional acute care/disease approach often employed in aged care settings.

Clinical Issues in Care of the Older Person
Unit of study code 055
Availability Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 2
Prescribed texts 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 subject/program


After completing this subject, 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: Case study – Matilda Rennie a) examine the concept of dignity of risk and the diverse needs of older people to ensure a comprehensive approach to healthcare Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 8
Theme 2: Case study – Sonja Feuerstein b) analyse the nursing management strategies associated with both common and complex issues in the older person Assessment 2: Essay 40% 6
Theme 3: Case study – Mr Minh c) evaluate the needs of the older person to provide holistic, person-centred nursing care based on current evidence Assessment 3: Case study 50% 10
Theme 4: Case study – Dennis Woodward d) explore the legal and ethical issues associated with multifactorial health needs of the older person in the aged care environment

e) reflect on the nurse’s role in promoting cultural safety and diversity in aged care

Clinical Issues in Care of the Older Person (055) is a Tier 2 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00$2,133.00$2,370.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00$2,434.50$2,705.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00$2,862.00$3,180.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00$3,420.00$3,800.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.