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HNN318 - The Older Person and Supportive Care

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in course D355, D381, D387, H326, H329

Unit chair:

Leah East

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Jennifer Rawet

Warrnambool: Lorraine Mielnik


All of HBS109, HNN114, HNN122, HNN227



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

2 cloud (online) hours, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 80 hour clinical placement


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


This unit is one of three units within the Clinical Studies Cluster: Year 3. The learning in the unit will include an overview of an ageing population from a global, individual and carer perspective. Students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills relevant to the safe management of the older person. In addition they will explore the effect of physiological change on function, promotion of wellness for the older person, and provision of supportive and end of life care. During a two (2) week clinical placement students will have the opportunity to further develop and apply knowledge and skills learned in this unit and previous units.


Assessment task 1: Group poster presentation (equivalent 1000 words) 40%
Assessment task 2: Assignment (2000 words) 60%
Assessment task 3: Clinical assessment Pass/fail

Failure of the clinical component will lead to a fail in this unit and may lead to exclusion.

Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Act

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. In accordance with the Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

* Department of Human Services 2007, Service agreement information kit for funded organisations 2006–2009, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, retrieved 1 July 2007.

** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.

Prescribed texts

Johnson, A & Chang, E 2014, Caring for older people in Australia: principles for nursing practice, Wiley & Sons, Australia.

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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