Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Jill Stow (Peninsula & Berwick), Ms Cath Wilson (Clayton)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should 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 and apply this to discharge planning bridging the transition from acute care to primary care and palliative care
  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 and people with chronic and life limiting illness in relation to physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs
  6. demonstrate and evaluate a range of evidenced based interventions that support the person experiencing complex care needs associated with living with a chronic illness
  7. identify the primary care resources for people with issues related to ageing, chronic and life limiting illness in the community
  8. utilise 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: Two (2) weeks (80 hours).


Directed Case Study (3000 words) (45%)
Essay (3000 words) (45%)
Clinical placement performance assessment (10%) (Hurdle)
Satisfactory Clinical Report (3000 words) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

Two (2) hours of lecture per week, Two (2) hours of tutorial, Four (4) hours guided study per week, Two (2) weeks of clinical placement at five (5) days/week (based on an 8 hour day/40 hour week, 80 hours in total).

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


NUR2002 or NUR2106, NUR2004 or NUR2206, NUR2104 or NUR2107.


Must be enrolled in courses 0727 or 4514.