Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2013 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Meredith McIntyre (Peninsula)


This unit focuses on multi-disciplinary care and models of care delivery with an emphasis on ageing, chronic and life limiting illness. With the evolving role of the nurse as primary care providers it introduces the student to the issues facing older people and will include healthy ageing, the ageing process, polypharmacy, lifestyle issues, advanced health assessment related to people with complex health needs and legal and ethical issues associated with aging, chronic illness and palliative care.


On completion of this unit the student will be expected to be able to:

  1. discuss perspectives, and the physical, psychological and social aspects of ageing in the context of health and illness in older people in our community
  2. describe the impact of ageing and chronic illness on clients, families and carers
  3. analyse the legal and ethical issues that arise from changes to cognition, chronic and life limiting illness such as challenges to autonomy, protection of patients, quality of life and euthanasia
  4. differentiate the roles of nurses working in multidisciplinary teams, who care for people with chronic and/or life limiting illness in different health care environments
  5. utilise holistic health assessment skills to assess the complex health needs of older adults, people with chronic and life limiting illness in relation to physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs
  6. demonstrate a range of evidenced based interventions that support the person experiencing complex care needs
  7. identify the resources for people with issues related to ageing, chronic and life limiting illness in the community
  8. utilise the health promotion, supportive and palliative approaches to care for people with chronic and life limiting illness in a range of health care settings.


Clinical Placement three (3) weeks (120 hours)


3 hour Examination
Group Assignment
On-line guided activity
Clinical placement
Note: Please refer to your unit guide for assessment percentages.
This unit is running at Peninsula and Berwick campuses however each campus is running a different version. Monash (Peninsula) is currently teaching Version 4, Monash (Berwick) is teaching Version 5. Therefore there will be slight differences in the unit between campuses, in particular the weighting of assessment items and the duration of clinical placement. Refer to the Unit Guide provided by your unit Coordinator to confirm the details at your campus.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two(2) hours of lecture per week
Two (2) hours of tutorial
four (4) hours guided study per week
Three (3) weeks of clinical placement at five (5) days/week (based on an 8 hour day/40 hour week, 120 hours in total)



Only available to students enrolled in: 0727 Bachelor of Nursing or 3892 Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) or 4506 Bachelor of Nursing (Community Health) or 4514 Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery