In Australia there are over 1.3 million consumers of aged care services, and this number is only set to grow. As the population ages, there is an emerging need for high-quality aged care services, and the professionals to deliver them.
Aside from building fundamental skills in aged care best practice, the Master of Gerontology will challenge you to extend your leadership ability in the field, preparing you for organisational leadership with a focus on ensuring health and aged care services evolve to meet changing community needs.
You will complete a scholarly, work-relevant project, engaging with gerontology theory, and sharing your research findings with leaders in the field of Gerontology at an end-of-course conference.
By completing a Master of Gerontology, existing healthcare professionals have the opportunity to specialise and be more competitive for securing higher level positions within aged care, including leadership positions.
For the first time in history, societies – including in Australia – are facing the challenging phenomenon of an ageing population, within which the ageing population is larger than the younger population. For health professionals to meet the increasing levels of complex care required, there needs to be a greater level of education, all of which ensures older Australians receive the person-centred care they require.
This unit provides health professionals – and those seeking work in Aged Care – a pragmatic knowledge of Aged Care best practice, grounded in physical, psychosocial and culturally safe perspectives.
Holistic and person-centred Aged Care is dependent on health professionals having a sophisticated understanding of healthy ageing and ageing processes.
This unit focuses on the principles of health promotion, encompassing social health determinants, nutrition, exercise and the use of technology and health data. You will learn about the principles that guide chronic illness management and disease prevention, while also developing an understanding of how social contexts contribute to quality of life improvements in older Australians.
Providing complex wound care to people in acute, residential and community health areas is a growing challenge for healthcare services. Quality wound care for the older person requires a holistic approach, as impacts are seen in every aspect of a person’s life.
This unit provides you with an in-depth knowledge of acute and chronic wounds specific to the older person and addresses challenges related to providing optimal management of wounds to inform evidence-based practice in wound care.
There are more than 300,000 Australians living with dementia and with an ageing population, this number is expected to triple by 2050. To meet the increasing needs of this vulnerable population, it is essential that all healthcare professionals have a good understanding of dementia and the specialised care that a person with dementia requires.
This unit explores a range of the psychosocial, cultural, political and clinical issues that are related to the increasing prevalence of dementia, in Australia and internationally. You will examine what best practice dementia care means, and discuss the unique challenges faced by the person with dementia, their families, and relevant service providers.
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.
This unit focuses on historical and contemporary quality and patient safety problems and approaches to address these. Issues relating to administrative and clinical data quality, safety and privacy in an increasingly electronic health care environment are also analysed.
An understanding of the research process and how to critically evaluate research literature is essential in evidence-based health practice.
This unit aims to provide clinicians and health practitioners the supported experience of becoming a scholar practitioner and linking their research knowledge with practice. It will also prepare you to undertake the independent project units: HLQ638-1 and HLQ638-2.
You will analyse and critique research methods and evidence with reference to real world experiences and develop the skills to design a viable and ethical research proposal that investigates a particular area of practice relevant to your specialisation and/or professional interest.
Course themes emphasised in this unit are ethical and responsible practice, and clinical informatics, eHealth and digital literacy.
This is the first semester of a two-semester project unit. It provides experience in solving advanced engineering management problems and the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained throughout the Master of Engineering Management.
Management approaches and tools can be used to solve problems that confront engineers. However, the management approach needs identifying and justifying before it can be implemented. The ability to frame a management approach to an engineering problem is essential to professional practice. From a learning perspective, one of the most effective ways of achieving this is to investigate an authentic engineering problem that is relevant to your profession.
This unit forms the second semester of the Master of Engineering Management project. Engineering management approaches and tools will be used to solve problems that confront engineers. The tools were identified and the project framed in Semester 1 and they are applied in this unit. The ability to frame an engineering management approach to an engineering problem is essential to professional practice. From a learning perspective, one of the most effective ways of achieving this is to investigate an authentic engineering problem that is relevant to the profession.
In the challenging environment of the Aged Care sector, health practitioners caring for older Australians will be required to provide organisational leadership to ensure that services continue to evolve to meet changing community needs and service delivery challenges.
Such leadership requires the acquisition of knowledge and the development of capabilities in leadership to address current and future challenges, while building strong, respectful and meaningful relationships with older Australians and residents, their families and multidisciplinary staff teams.
As the capstone unit in the Master of Gerontology, this unit further develops your skills in addressing complex contemporary issues in gerontology and challenges you to critically evaluate your leadership capabilities and philosophy to prepare you to lead and advocate for improved Aged Care.
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