Unit description

Explores the association between lifestyle determinants, health and wellbeing of older Australians. It will study the health profile of older people and the relationship between age-related physiological changes and the morbidity associated with ageing. A critical analysis of the importance of nutrition and physical activity on the health and wellbeing of older people will be undertaken.

Unit content

  • Unit introduction and overview
  • The concept of healthy ageing
  • The health profile of older Australians
  • Physiological changes associated with ageing and impact on health and wellbeing
  • Common health conditions of ageing
  • Other causes of morbidly in the older age group
  • Nutrition and ageing
  • Nutrition and ageing - special issues
  • Physical activity and ageing.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Borowski, A, Encel, S & Ozanne, E (eds), 2007, Longevity and Social Change in Australia, UNSW Press, Sydney.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Case study60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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