GER204 Introduction to Ageing (8)

This subject is designed to give students from a range of health and social sciences disciplines an introduction to working with older adults. The subject encourages examination of prevailing social attitudes about ageing and the impact these have on choices, opportunities and wellbeing of older people. The subject encourages reflection on personal attitudes and professional knowledge as it relates to working with people who are ageing. The subject also introduces various aspects of age related health, biological and social changes and development and allows students an opportunity to consider different ways of working with older people and to investigate elements of the Australian health system and services available to older people in the community. Students will also examine a partnership and health promoting focus for professional work with older people.



Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GER204. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to utilise various concepts and theories relating to professional practice with older people;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of health care and ageing in a variety of contexts;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of how ethics, values, language and socially constructed views of aging may inform practice within the health care professions;
  • be able to recognise and examine the complexity of issues facing older people in relation to health , wellbeing, choice, independence and care;
  • be able to reflect critically on issues of power, decision-making and control in relation to their own practice as professional carers working with older people;
  • be able to identify participatory and emancipatory professional roles and begin to reflect on these in relation to their developing practice;
  • be able to identify and develop opportunities for health-promotion in relation to practice with older people; and
  • be able to identify issues of significance to family carers and consider collaborative practices of professionals which enhance carers wellbeing as well as that of the older person.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Social determinants of health and ageing
  • Physical and cognitive development and ageing, age-associated health issues and health promotion
  • Older adults narrative experiences of health
  • Partnership approaches, agency and power in practice with older adults
  • Cognitive and mental health in later life, dementia, depression and delirium, mental health promotion
  • Examination of the Australian health and aged care system, policies and community services and support programs for older people


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.