PUBH 7026 Supporting Aged Communities

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400241

Coordinator Lisa Wong Opens in new window

Description The subject aims to analyse the dynamic systems of aged care services, to challenge orthodox strategies for reform in aged care and to identify ways in which primary health care can be employed as a process of change in aged care services.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Discipline Community Health

Student Contribution Band

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject


Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge of aged care and older people living in communities. A general understanding of aged care including potential challenges and enablers. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Critique support systems that are provided to older people in their home or in residential aged care. 
  2. Critically analyse service provision for older people in rural and remote areas. 
  3. Succinctly evaluate and effectively communicate systems to various stakeholders to ensure older people receive necessary support.
  4. Utilise health care models that support, older people, their families, and carers.
  5. Conceptualise ways that aged care could be provided to empower older people and communities to contribute to society.

Subject Content

1. Models and Philosophies of Aged Care:
​- United Nations Principles for Older Persons
- Philosophies of Care Support for Older People
- International Models of Care and Support
- Continuum of Care Approaches

2. Frameworks for Analysing Aged Care Support Systems:
- Primary Health Care as Process
- Theoretical Analysis of Dynamic Health Care Systems

3. Social Change and Community Support:
- Social Adjustment and the Ageing Process
- Population Health and Local Community Needs
- Aged Care Assessment Teams and the Assessment Process
- Informal Carers – Needs Analysis and Support Systems
- Community Involvement and Emancipation Processes

4. Creating and Sustaining Process of Exchange:
- Social Agency and Change
- Inter-disciplinary Action Processes
- Networking Across the Continuum of Care
- Strategies for Reform


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Report 1000 words 40 N Individual
Presentation 5 minutes 20 N Individual
Reflection 1000 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • There is no essential textbook.

Teaching Periods

Spring (2023)



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Sydney City Campus - Term 3 (2023)

Sydney City


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