HNN318 - Care of the Older Person


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in D355, D381, D387, H326, H329
Previously: The Older Person and Supportive Care
Campus contact:

Waterfront (Geelong): Dianne Buttigieg
Warrnambool: Dianne Buttigieg
CBD/NIKERI Institute: Mardhie Coleman


HNN215, HNN227

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will spend on average 150 hours over the trimester undertaking synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning activities for this unit.

This will include 14 hours synchronous learning activities and 14 hours of guided asynchronous learning activities.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour seminar in weeks 1 - 4 and 8 - 10 


*National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute students only


This unit forms part of the Critical Understandings Cluster. Caring for older people presents distinct complexities for nurses. An understanding of the normal physiological changes related to ageing and the nurse’s role in the management of common alterations is required.

The unit will include an overview of the ageing population from a local and global perspective and explore the nurse’s critical role in the provision of person-centred care, including supportive end-of-life care.

Opportunities will be provided for students to develop knowledge regarding the role and responsibilities of the nurse in managing symptoms, function, and risk, and in identifying evidence-based interventions to promote optimal wellness, or end-of-life support for the older person.

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