HNN318 - Care of the Older Person


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

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

Previously: The Older Person and Supportive Care
Campus contact:

Waterfront (Geelong): Monica Schoch
Warrnambool: Suzanne Coulson
CBD/NIKERI Institute: Elijah Marangu


HNN215, HNN227



Incompatible with:


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.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery.


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.

Unit Fee Information

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