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HEA8102 Perspectives of Healthy Ageing

Units : 1
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
Version produced : 4 October 2023


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BHEH or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNRS or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG or PDEV


Older people nationally and internationally are living longer, with personal goals of maintaining their independence and control over their life, to create the foundation for a quality life as they age. However, as the person ages, they begin to experience age related and physiological changes. These changes are known to increase the older persons’ level of vulnerability and risk for harm. This course provides postgraduate students advanced knowledge and skills in comprehensive assessment of the older person that aligns with contemporary evidenced based interdisciplinary approaches and to the National Quality Health Service Standards and associated health charters to promote the older persons’ safety and quality of life.

The aim of this course is to expand the postgraduate student's knowledge of the changes that occur with normal ageing, the pathophysiology of ageing and the preventative, and therapeutic measures to promote the older persons' safety and quality of life. Learning outcomes will address key concepts such as normal ageing, age related pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics changes associated with the use of medications and complementary therapies, comprehensive geriatric assessment, mental health and wellbeing, ethical and cultural considerations, risk assessment and health promotion. This course will 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.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 4 October 2023