Ensure older Australians receive the best possible care
As the Australian population ages, the need for sustained growth within the aged care industry increases. The healthcare sector is already Australia’s largest employer, and with the number of Australians over 65 anticipated to double over the next 40 years, this will naturally lead to a wide array of professional opportunities in the industry.
QUT Online’s Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is grounded in the scientific understanding of the ageing process, and ensuring quality of care to older Australians is the best it can possibly be, taking into account physical, psychosocial and culturally safe practices.
Upon completing the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, you will have a practical overview of the important role healthcare services play in responding holistically to the specific needs of the elderly. This includes chronic illness and injury management, palliative and end-of-life care, and quality and risk management.
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology can go on to study the Master of Gerontology.
Please note the first intake of this course is February 2021.
LWQ635 Aged Care Law, Ethics and Culturally Safe Practice
Unit code: LWQ635
Contact hours: 12–15 hours per week
About this unit
Australia’s ageing population means there is a growing need for healthcare services to respond to the holistic needs of the elderly, in a way that ensures culturally safe, person-centred care.
This unit addresses a range of legal, ethical and social issues currently faced by the aged care profession, older persons, their carers and families within the health system. You will have an opportunity to critically evaluate the rights and responsibilities of both older people and professionals, and consider relevant ethical implications and how they might be navigated.
Many older Australians have one or more chronic illnesses, which makes care planning complex.
This unit teaches you to develop and apply your knowledge of chronic illness recognition, and how to form comprehensive care plans that take into account chronic illness management strategies, using the Geriatric Health Assessment to support complex care planning.
Palliative and end of life care are an important part of Aged Care. The health and support needs of those who are dying are diverse and often change over time. To respond effectively to these needs, healthcare professionals must have the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver a person-centred approach to end of life care.
In this unit you will learn how to adopt a palliative approach to addressing older Australians as they near death, and supporting close family members. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the services and interprofessional approaches to implementing care plans that optimise quality of life.
At all levels of the health system, individuals, teams, divisions, organisations, boards and policy makers are expected to contribute to the maintenance of healthcare quality and safety standards and to participate in the quality improvement of services provided.
Quality and risk management are increasingly important areas of focus and activity in the health industry as health service operation and performance is increasingly regulated and monitored by governments and funders.
This unit extends your understanding of the concepts, processes and implementation of quality improvement in health services.
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