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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will review the policy and service framework for aged care in Australia and the impact of current policies and service provision on the quality of life and welfare of older Australians including frail older people. The subject explores the social and political contexts of policies, historical legacies, funding mechanisms and programs that address the needs of older people. Current approaches to the provision of health services for older people, community aged care programs and residential care are examined, in terms of the extent to which these program meet the needs of older people and provide quality care. This subject is only available in distance education mode in 2015.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAngela Herd

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPolicy, Planning and Practice in Aged Care readingsPrescribedA Herd 2015Lincoln Centre
ReadingsLongevity and Social Change in AustraliaRecommendedBorowski,A., Encel,S. & Ozanne,E. (Eds)UNSW PRESS, 2007

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To analyse the current age profile of the Australian population and population trends; and to recognise ways in which society has or could change in response to population ageing

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02. To identify key principles underlying international, national and local responses to population ageing

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03. To summarise perspectives on needs of older people; how needs impact on demand and supply of health care; ways of assessing needs; and methods for determining priorities

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04. To relate service delivery for older people to concepts of quality of life and to formulate alternative approaches to services

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05. To critique opportunities for and barriers to the participation of older people in decision making and policy formulation

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