Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students 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. Students 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.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

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.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


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.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2014, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.0 hours scheduled online class per study period from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Twelve two-hour online learning sessions."

WorkShop Week: 31 - 31
Four 3.0 hours workshop per study period 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."


Assessment elementComments%
Critical review and evaluation of online scenarios (equiv to 1,000 words).35
One 1-hour written examination.50
One 500-word workbook.15