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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
Lismore

Unit description

Develops students’ knowledge about the complex and multidimensional perspectives of ageing across the lifespan. Inherent changes to cognition, physical bodies and psychosocial spheres are studied. Common acute and chronic conditions associated with ageing are introduced. The challenges involved in navigating the health care continuum, the importance of integrated care, health education and health promotion are explored. A person-centric approach where healthcare systems establish and support partnerships among practitioners, older people, and their families is examined.

Unit content

  1. Ageing process, the diversity of the ageing experience, challenges for achieving healthy ageing, and healthy ageing models
  2. Common age-related health conditions, interruption to wellbeing and the impact of comorbidity on healthy ageing
  3. Approaches to support changes in cognitive processes
  4. Acute exacerbations of chronic conditions and older people
  5. Cultural safety, spirituality, faith, sexuality and sexual expression
  6. Meeting the needs of older people, their families and health care services: challenges and strategies

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1identify the diversities and challenges of healthy aging, common age-related health conditions and wellbeing
2apply analytical, clinical and reflective skills in planning, prioritising, implementing and evaluating nursing practices across a range of diverse ageing circumstances and Australian aged care settings
3work collaboratively to articulate cultural responsivity and respect for the identity and dignity of all older persons, inclusive of variations within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
4compare healthcare systems, processes, models and philosophies of care that shape the experience of people and their significant others across the ageing continuum

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the diversities and challenges of healthy aging, common age-related health conditions and wellbeing
  2. apply analytical, clinical and reflective skills in planning, prioritising, implementing and evaluating nursing practices across a range of diverse ageing circumstances and Australian aged care settings
  3. work collaboratively to articulate cultural responsivity and respect for the identity and dignity of all older persons, inclusive of variations within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  4. compare healthcare systems, processes, models and philosophies of care that shape the experience of people and their significant others across the ageing continuum

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
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Prescribed Resources/Equipment
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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial 18 hours (Across the term)
Assessment
Presentation30%
Quiz20%
Self-reflective essay/case study50%

Teaching method
Tutorial 18 hours (Across the term)
Assessment
Presentation30%
Quiz20%
Self-reflective essay/case study50%

Teaching method
Tutorial 18 hours (Across the term)
Assessment
Presentation30%
Quiz20%
Self-reflective essay/case study50%
Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

Fee information

Domestic

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International

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