GERONTOLOGY AND SPECIAL NEEDS

PAR3GSN

2020

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-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 Must pass PHE3COS and PAR3IPP and must be enrolled in HZPPPNB - Bachelor of Paramedic Practice/Bachelor of Public Health Promotion HHPPB - Bachelor of Paramedic Practice with Honours

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

Older people, issues and innovations in care.

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorNay, R

Year2009

Edition/Volume3RD EDN

PublisherCHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE, AUSTRALIA.

ISBNN/A

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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Chronic illness and disability

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorChang, E

Year2018

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE, AUSTRALIA

ISBNN/A

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Career Ready

Career-focusedYes

Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required24 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

WBL addtional requirementsImmunisations/Police Checks/Working with Children Checks are required as is the need to travel and potentially accommodation. No simulation or scenarios as subject is completed via distance education.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
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.
03. Individually, and as part of a team, judge and justify your assessment of a patient's condition using a paramedic Decision Making Process.
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.
05. Individually, and as part of a team, monitor and alter management of elderly patients, and patients presenting with special needs.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Mnatzaganian

Class requirements

Placement - Off Site Week: 31 - 43
One 5.00 d 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."

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.00 h 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 3.00 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 four 3-our workshops on campus, in week one of semester two."

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Case Study (1,500-words)

N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Fortnightly Critically Reflective Journal Activity (weeks 2, 5, 8, and 11) (2,000-words equiv)

N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Responses to key questions weeks 4, 8 and 10 (750-words)

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5