par3gsn gerontology and special needs




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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

responses to key questions, group case study and peer review

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2015, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Class requirements

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 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."

WorkShopWeek: 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%ILO*
Group Case Study 2500 words4001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Group Peer Review 500 words2001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Discussion forum contribution 250 words1001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Responses to key questions weeks 4, 8 and 10 750 words3001, 02, 03, 04, 05