GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice (8)

This subject is about developing your professional practice and skills to work ethically in partnership with older people by examining several contemporary models of practice. This will also include an examination of how partnerships may include family care givers and other professionals. You will learn strategies to build respect for the individual as the expert in their own life and to better understand the personal story of the older adult. You will reflect on your own requirement for future professional development.
The partnership approach will be applied to review a critical incident and reflect how this approach can lead to better outcomes. A health promotion plan, relevant to your professional practice, will be developed using the partnership approach.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Albury-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

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate self-awareness in relation to their own perspectives and practice to understand the complexities of individual experiences of ageing;
  • be able to use a partnership approach to respond to the personal story of an older adult within the context of professional practice;
  • be able to apply a partnership approach to review a critical incident and recommend improvements to practice;
  • be able to design a health promotion plan and engagement strategy, relevant to their workplace, using a partnership perspective; and
  • be able to critique their current professional practice and plan for future professional development.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Individual narratives of ageing
  • Contemporary partnership models of professional practice with older adults and families
  • Ethical practice and application of professional codes of ethics
  • Roles and power dimensions of professional care and health promotion
  • Reflective practice and awareness of own professional practice across dimensions of being, knowing, acting

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GER404 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Reflective practice case study
Health promoting plan/professional development

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.