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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.

Healthy Ageing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study






Tier 2

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:-

Assessment Tasks

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

Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.