This unit of study is designed to optimise the student’s understanding of what it is like to age in today’s society. It provides an opportunity to critically evaluate attitudes, myths and stereotypes associated with ageing, giving students the opportunity to explore the challenges that an ageing population presents for society and the health care system. The unit of study explores the demographics of the older population, key issues influencing quality of life and independence, and health promotion strategies that contribute to a positive ageing experience. Australian aged care reform, legislation and policy are also discussed.
Unit of study code
PG Single Unit of Study
Prescribed texts: Nil
Co-ordinated by: Trish Lowe MACN
Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program
After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-
Type of assessment
Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion
(% of total marks)
When assessed – academic week
(e.g. Week 8)
Theme 1: Introduction and Older people in Australia
a) Knowledgably discuss the demographics of Australia’s ageing population.
Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2
Theme 2: Attitudes towards ageing
b) Critically examine personal and social attitudes to ageing and how they impact on the quality of care of older people
Assessment 2 Essay (2000 words)
Theme 3: Biological theories of Ageing
c) Critique the theories of ageing
Assessment 3 Essay (2500 words)
Theme 4: Normal Ageing in older people
d) Explore and examine the concept of healthy ageing
Theme 5: Prevention and early detection of health issues
e) Identify prevention and early detection strategies aimed at promoting a positive ageing experience
Theme 6: Promoting health in older people
f) Explore common health problems experienced by older people
Theme 7: Biophysical issues in aged care nursing
g) Identify challenges to healthy ageing and formulate appropriate health promotional activities.
Theme 8: Challenges to healthy ageing
Units commencing or have commenced in 2017
Units commencing in 2018
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