GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice (8)


Individual narratives of aging introduce an examination of the Australian context of health and aged care in which the bio-medical and social models of health care are critiqued. The concepts of social construction of aging and emancipatory practices lead to examination of a range of practitioner roles relevant to practice with older people and encourage the development of reflective practice skills. A range of health and wellbeing issues of aging (including identity, decision-making, mental health, dementia, grief and loss) are examined from the perspectives of the professional, the aging person and the family carer.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2
OnlineAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 3
OnlineAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GER404
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not for students who have successfully completed GER204

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to critique a range of concepts and theories relating to professional practice with older people
- be able to examine health care and aging in a variety of contexts which extend beyond medical ideology and include sociological approaches
- be able to analyse how ethics, values, language and socially constructed views of aging inform practice within the health care professions and in relation to own practice
- be able to analyse the issues facing older people in relation to health, wellbeing, choice, independence and care
- be able to reflect critically on care issues for professional carers working with older people
- be able to critique the concepts of power, authority and expert knowledge in professional practice with older people and reflect on these in relation to their own practice
- be able to critique participatory and emancipatory professional roles and reflect on these in relation to their own practice
- be able to identify and develop health-promotion practice with older people
- be able to examine issues of significance to family carers and develop collaborative professional practices which enhance carers wellbeing as well as that of the older person


The subject will cover the following topics:
Narratives of Aging Health Care and Aging - Social Model of Health - Social constructions of Aging - Australian Health and Aged Care service systems Professional Practice with Older People - Values, attitudes and Ethics - Professional care - roles and power dimensions - issues of aging for practitioners - bereavement and loss, dementia and depression, the needs of carers.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.