GERONTOLOGY AND SPECIAL NEEDS

PAR3GSN

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will be introduced to a range of medical conditions relating to gerontology, as well as to individuals with special needs. Out of hospital management of gerontological patients will be considered, and the physical, psychosocial and psychological aspects relating to ageing will be discussed and applied to simulated learning experiences. You will also combine theoretical knowledge, with practical skills, to effectively manage patients with a range of long-term medical conditions necessitating specialised and extended care measures. Particular emphasis will be placed on reflective practice and decision-making, communication and problem-solving skills needed to manage these specific population groups.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must pass PHE3COS and PAR3IPP and must be enrolled in HZPPPNB - Bachelor of Paramedic Practice/Bachelor of Public Health Promotion.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsChronic illness and disability.RecommendedChang, E 2008CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE, AUSTRALIA.
ReadingsOlder people, issues and innovations in care.RecommendedNay, R 20093RD EDN, CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE, AUSTRALIA.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Use appropriate language and communication aides to communicate effectively with elderly patients and special needs patients with communication difficulties.

Activities:
Group case study, discussion forum work, face to face discussions

02. Individually, and as part of a team, determine appropriate techniques and modify these as needed to assess gerontological and special needs patients in a variety of simulated settings.

Activities:
Group case study, peer review, responses to key questions

03. Individually, and as part of a team, judge and justify your assessment of a patient's condition using a paramedic Decision Making Process.

Activities:
Group case study, peer review, discussion forum work, responses to key questions

04. Individually, and as part of a team, plan the management of and justify your plan, and effectively manage geriatric patients and those with special needs

Activities:
Group case study, peer review, discussion forum work, responses to key questions

05. Individually, and as part of a team, monitor and alter management of elderly patients, and patients presenting with special needs.

Activities:
responses to key questions, group case study and peer review

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"Twelve two-hour online learning sessions."

WorkShop Week: 31 - 31
Four 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students to attend four 3-hour workshops, on campus, in week one of semester two. Students are placed into two groups for one of these 3 hour workshops (Monday 1pm to 4pm and Tuesday 9am to 12)"

Placement - Off Site Week: 31 - 43
One 5.0 days placement - off site other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"clinical placement with a rural or aged care placement provider"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Case Study 1500 words40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Fortnightly Critically Reflective Journal Activity (weeks 3, 6, 9, and 12)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Responses to key questions weeks 4, 8 and 10 750 words20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05