GERONTOLOGY FOR PARAMEDICS

PAR3GFP

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will learn about a range of medical conditions associated with ageing and will examine current knowledge of the pathophysiology of ageing, the meaning of ageing, and challenges affecting those who reach advanced ages. Out of hospital management of geriatric patients will be considered, and the physical, psychosocial and psychological aspects relating to ageing will be debated and applied to simulated learning experiences. You will also combine theoretical knowledge with practical skills to effectively manage geriatric patients with a range of long-term medical conditions necessitating specialised and extended care measures. Particular emphasis is placed on decision making, communication, and problem-solving skills integral to the management of this population group.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Mnatzaganian

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE3COS, PAR3IPP

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Living with chronic illness and disability

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorChange, E; Johnson, A.

Year2017

Edition/Volume3rd edition

PublisherElsevier

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Ageing

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorJustin Healey

Year2008

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherThirroul, N.S.W., Spinney Press

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Older People: Issues and Innovations in Care

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorNay and Garratt

Year2014

Edition/Volume4th ed

PublisherChurchill Livingstone

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Global Ageing in the Twenty-First Century Challenges, Opportunities and Implications

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMcDaniel and Zimmer

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherFarnham: Ashgate Publishing Ltd

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Integrate professional knowledge and skills to effectively communicate with, and care for, elderly patients and their caregivers both individually and as part of a team
02. Formulate approaches to appropriately assess, monitor, and manage elderly patients needing care in prehospital settings.
03. Evaluate and justify the assessment and management of a patient's condition using a paramedic decision making process.
04. Analyse and formulate plans to promote and support the health literacy of elderly individuals and their caregivers.
05. Critically appraise and debate the physiological, psychosocial, and emotional/mental challenges associated with elderly populations.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Mnatzaganian

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 30 - 42
One 5.00 d placement - off site other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Clinical placement with a rural or aged care placement provider

TutorialWeek: 42 - 43
Two 2.00 h tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 42 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students to attend two 2-hour tutorials on campus, in Weeks 42 and 43

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 32 - 41
Nine 3.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 32 to week 41 and delivered via blended.
Nine 3-hour online learning sessions

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 31
Three 3.00 h workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students to attend three3-hour workshops on campus, in Week 31

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Three online quizzes(250-word equivalent each)Online quizzes[Weeks 33, 35, 37]

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Written essay assignment(1,500 words)The students will be given a list of conditions fromwhich they will select one topic.[Week 39][The amount of intellectual effort required tocomplete the written essay assignment is greaterthan that of the reflective journal activityregardless of word count]

N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Fortnightly critically reflectivejournal activity(2,000-word equivalent)Weeks 32, 35, 38, and 42.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Report from clinical preceptorbased on national professionalcompetency standardsHurdle requirement to meet professional competency standardsand clinical placement attendance as required byparamedic registration and accreditation bodies.Tasks are provided to students online via PebblePad Clinical Placement Module.National professional competency standards include safe practice, standards of conduct, delivery of clinical practice, and attendance.

N/AN/AN/AYesnull SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5