PUBH 7026 Supporting Aged Communities

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400241

Coordinator Tiffany Northall Opens in new window

Description The unit 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

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain the ways in which governments have attempted to structure health and community support services for older people and their families.
  2. Analyse the impact of health and community support services for older people on national economies, public policy, health and community services, health staff, older people and their families.
  3. Discuss the degree to which health and community support services for older people can evolve as complex, adaptive systems capable of self-organisation and co-operation.
  4. Evaluate processes designed to enhance continuum in care - how these are funded, supported and managed.
  5. Utilise theoretical models to analyse issues associated with reform agendas and policies focused on efficiency, effectiveness and productivity in aged care services, e.g. change theory.
  6. Analyse the way that primary health care can be employed with older populations to enhance community capacity building and emancipation in health and community services.

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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online Quiz: short answer and/or multiple choice questions 30 minutes 20 N Individual
Case Study Analysis x 4: Short answer questions 3x 200 words; 1 x 500 words 40 N Individual
Primary Health Care in Aged Communities Report 800 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • There is no essential textbook.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2



Subject Contact Tiffany Northall Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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