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HEA8101 Foundations of Gerontology Practice

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Providing quality, safe, ethical and professional care that meets regulatory standards is a paramount concern for all members of society, locally, nationally and globally. Health professionals working effectively as a team delivering person centred care, are an essential and critical element in ensuring the care needs and expectations of older people are met and comply with these standards. This course has been developed to provide postgraduate students, especially new Registered Nurses, the knowledge and skills to enable them to practice competently and confidently in the contemporary health settings, delivering quality, safe care that meets and exceeds the older person’s expectations and regulatory requirements.

This course provides a focus for quality health care provision for older people that builds and expands on prior knowledge and skills gained from undergraduate level nursing courses. The course will provide postgraduate nursing students with advanced concepts to enhance their clinical decisions and practices related to older people across a wide spectrum of clinical settings and the community. The course will also contribute to the ongoing development of nurses' qualities as leaders, especially as change agents in their respective health practice contexts that improve the care experience and quality of life of older people. Learning outcomes will address key concepts such as philosophies of care approach, professional nursing and aged care quality standards, healthy ageing and the older person, the ageing process, including the theories of ageing, contemporary practice and cultural challenges and issues, significant to local, national and international healthy aged care practices.

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Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 10 February 2023